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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
St Mary's Hospital
The place where heroin was discovered.
Location: Praed Street, Paddington
Description: St Mary's Hospital is a general acute hospital that diagnoses and treats a range of adult and paediatric conditions.
The Jefferiss Wing sexual health clinic is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with sexual health problems, including sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
The paediatric service includes a dedicated children's A&E department and north-west London's paediatric haematology service.
The hospital has pioneered the use of robotic surgery, including the UK's first da Vinci robot for keyhole surgery.
Prince William, Prince Harry, Zara Phillips, Peter Phillips, Elvis Costello, Joe Cole, and Kiefer Sutherland were all born here.
Roger Bannister, the first man to run a four-minute mile was a professor of neurology here.
The hospital is also the source of two discoveries: both Penicillin and Heroin were discovered here.
Tagged in this Tour: The Princess Diana Tour