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The Beatles take London
The Beatles take London

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

29th January 2009 The London Astoria's last ever gig prior to demolition.go to related location

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 Ivory House



The Ivory House

Ivory House, centre of the illustrious Victorian ivory trade.

Location: St Katherines Dock, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 1AT

Description: Ivory House is now a luxury residential block originally built in 1858 and is the only original warehouse still standing in St Katharine Docks today.

It was restored to its current state in 1973, and today houses a mixture of shops, restaurants and apartments with stunning city views.

This original warehouse became popularly known as the Ivory House due to the vast quantities of ivory that passed through it - note the elephant sculptures/features around the current wharf area. At its peak in the 1870s, nearly 200 tons of ivory covered its floors annually. Aside from ivory, the warehouse also handled other luxury imports such as perfume, shells, and wine in the expansive basement vaults.


Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks

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The Ivory House

Ivory House, centre of the illustrious Victorian ivory trade.


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