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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd November 1991 Queen singer Freddie Mercury from his Kensington home announces he has Aids.

23rd November 1951 Born today: David Rappaport, London England, 3'11 actor (Wizard, Time Bandits)

23rd November 1946 Born today: Diana Quick, London England, actress (Brideshead, Big Sleep, Odd Job)

23rd November 1931 Fulham and England footballer Alan Mullery born in Notting Hill.

23rd November 1896 Woolwich Arsenal's Joe Powell breaks his wrist in a league match, dying 6 days later from tetanus complications.

23rd November 1869 The Cutty Sark was launched from Dumbarton, headed for the China-tea routes.

23rd November 1705 Nicholas Rowe's Ulysses, premieres in London

The Champion



The Champion

Great sporting pub off Oxford Street.

Location: 11-12 Wells Street, Oxford Street, W1T 3PA

Description: This wooden-panelled boozer looks dated from the outside but enter and it's a shrine to sporting champions basking in super stained-glass light.

The whole gaff is a tribute to England's first bare-knuckle boxing champion James Figg. Close to this spot he ran a training amphitheatre and wooden booth here to train pupils (mostly nobility) in the arts of self defence.

Following a refit in 1954 the brewers began to paint the current racing champion into the external sign every year, a marvellous gimmick starting with the first jockey to be knighted - Sir Gordon Richards in 1954. The trend lasted into the 1970's.

A sympathetic Samuel Smith restoration in 1989 has included non-sporting icons into it's first floor lounge.


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The Champion

Great sporting pub off Oxford Street.


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