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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
Oldest Shopfront in London
The oldest-remaining shopfront in London.
Location: 56 Artillery Lane
Description: This is the finest mid-Georgian shop-front surviving in London, dating back to 1756 or 1757. It is thought the first lease holder Nicholas Jourdain would have inserted the shop front.
It has been a general-wares shop, a silk weavers shop, and then a grocery until 1935.
Until 1895 this building was formerly called Number 4 Raven Row.
There are many original and later period pieces of design, architecture and interior-style inside.
The house is occasionally opened for open-house days to the public.