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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Graham's King Willy Days
Graham Chapman was a hardened drinker in this famous gay pub
Location: 77 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1RE
Description: The 'William IV' pub feels a bit more like a country pub than a London boozer, thanks to the location in leafy Hampstead, and its lovely beer garden.
The King Willy (as it's known) claims to be the oldest gay pub in London, attracting a discreet gay crowd since the 1930's. It's rather more up-front these days, with a rainbow flag outside.
But it also has a comedy connection from days gone by, as this was a favoured watering hole of one 'Graham Chapman' of Monty Python's Flying Circus fame.
Graham Chapman was the quiet, pipe-smoking tweed-jacketed Python who qualified as a doctor - but his calm demeanour belied his true anarchic nature as, more than any other Python, he lived the complete lunacy of the show.
Tagged in this Tour: Graham Chapman's Python London