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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th January 1996 6,138th performance of Cats is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, A Chorus Line
29th January 1944 285 German bombers attack London
29th January 1850 Born today: Ebenezer Howard, London, pioneer of garden cities
29th January 1798 Born today: Henry Neele, London, poet
29th January 1728 John Gays' Beggar's Opera, premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]
The Hoover Building
This is one of best Art Deco structures in the UK.
Location: Perivale, Middlesex
Description: Building immortalised in the Elvis Costello song Hoover Factory.
Possibly the finest Art Deco structure in Britain it was designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners for The Hoover Company who employed up to 600 staff in the its offices and works here.
The buildings were repainted and camouflaged with netting to avoid being spotted and bombed by German aircraft during World War II as it helped the war effort by building tank and aircraft parts.