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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
The Queen's Head
This is the pub where Charlie Chaplin's Uncle was landlord.
Location: 71 Black Prince Road, Lambeth
Description: One of the landlords was Charlie Chaplins Uncle Spencer, and Charlie is known to have frequented here. It was rebuilt in 1890 and Spencer WT Chaplin was the new landlord, and lasted until 1899.
During the war (about 1944) it changed it's address from 44 Broad Street to 71 Black Prince Road.
Is Chaplin's autobiography he recalls that his characteristic walk was based on the gait of a man called Rummy Binks, who took care of the horses here at the Queen's Head. The character of the Little Tramp hailed from this pub!
Tagged in this Tour: Charlie Chaplin's London Tour