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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd August 1940 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
23rd August 1933 First televised boxing match took place in London, between Archie Sexton and Laurie Raiteri.
23rd August 1905 Born today: Leonard Constant Lambert, London England, composer (King Pest)
23rd August 1617 1st one-way streets open (London)
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