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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
The Penguin Club
An 80 pound aluminium penguin as a mascot
Location: Clare Market
Description: The London School of Economics has a Penguin Club and their mascot is a one metre high steel and aluminium penguin whic stands outside the book shop in Clare Market.
It cost 10,000 dollars to make and was a gift from Canada. The problem is that the first one was stolen in 2001 and the 2nd one was stolen in 2009 leaving just a pair of severed flippers.
Students left flowers, poems,tins of sardines and penguin chocolate bars in memorium.
The current one is still there and as they weigh between 60 and 80 pounds it must be the local weightlifting club thats pinching them!
Tagged in this Tour: London
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012