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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
27th April 1962 Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything, premieres in London
27th April 1959 Born today: Marco Pirroni, London, rock guitarist (Adam and The Ants)
27th April 1943 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London
27th April 1922 Born today: Daphne Anderson, London, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice)
27th April 1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
27th April 1828 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens
River Police Boatyard
Home to the worlds first uniformed police force
Location: Nr Wapping Rose Garden
Description: The Thames River Police was established in 1797 and was the first uniformed police force in the world.
At the time crime was a major problem on the river and was one of the reasons for building the inland docks enclosed by high walls.
Today the main problems are stolen yachts and attempted suicides. The blue and white building houses the police boats and provides maintenance facilities.
The present headquarters is just up the road and houses a museum (visits by appointment only).
Tagged in this Tour: Pirates and penthouses at the old London Docks