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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.
A classic London icon fuelled on Coal, Cinema and Redevelopment
Location: 188 Kirtling Street, Battersea, SW8 5BP
Description: Battersea Power Station is a now unused coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames. The station comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built first in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s.
The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II listed. The station's celebrity owes to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help! and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals.
It also played a cinematic role in the 1936 Aldred Hitchcock classic 'Sabotage', as were scenes of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film 'Full Metal Jacket' shot inside.
The site is currently owned by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities, who purchased it for 400 million in November 2006. (Mar 2010)
Tagged in this Tour: Weird photo ops
Tagged in this Tour: Music: off the beaten path