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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
London's First Railway Bookstall
William Henry Smith opened the first bookstall here in 1848
Location: Euston Station, NW1 2HS
Description: William Henry Smith PC (24 June 1825 - 6 October 1891) was born in London, the son of William Henry Smith (1792-1865).
He was educated at Tavistock Grammar School before joining the business with his father in 1846. As a result of his involvement, the business became a household name (W H Smith), and the practice of selling books and newspapers at railway stations began.
And so to Euston, the location of the first railway bookstall in the UK and London.