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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
The Actors' Church
The parish church of Covent Garden since 1633
Location: Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED
Description: 'St Paul's Church', also commonly known as the Actors' Church, is a church located in Covent Garden.
As well as being the parish church of Covent Garden, the church gained its nickname by a long association with the theatre community.
In 1631 Inigo Jones was commissioned by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford to design a church. Work on the church began that year and was completed in 1633, at a cost of 4000 pounds, with it becoming consecrated in 1638. In 1645 Covent Garden was made a separate parish and the church was dedicated to St Paul.
The portico of St Paul's was the setting for the first scene of Shaw's Pygmalion, the play that was later adapted as the musical My Fair Lady.
The church is surrounded by an award-winning garden, providing an area of tranquility within busy central London.
In 2002, the church hosted the first of two weddings for famous pop singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.