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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

1st May 2001 The first police use of kettling in London for the May Day Protests (at Oxford Circus).

1st May 1992 The last Arsenal game with standing on the North Bank, also David Rocastle's last game for Arsenal, in a 5-1 win over Southampton.go to related location

1st May 1979 Prince Charles opens the Jubilee line and takes the first journey.

1st May 1851 The Great Exhibition opens in the astonishing Crystal Palace.

1st May 1777 RB Sheridans School for Scandal, premieres in London

The Actors' Church



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.


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The Actors' Church

The parish church of Covent Garden since 1633


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