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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th April 1945 Born today: Jimmy Winston, London, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park)
20th April 1906 Australian wombat, oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26.
20th April 1904 George Bernard Shaw's Candida, premieres in London
20th April 1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
20th April 1715 Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, premieres in London
45 Park Lane and Hefner
The hotel on the site of the first Playboy Club in Europe.
Location: 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
Description: This newly opened new mini-Dorchester hotel was designed by French hotel architect Thierry W. Despont. It's a modern art deco classic.
It's more famous for what was here before though - Hugh Hefner opened his first European Playboy Club (the casino opened right in 1981) right here. In it's heydey in the 1980's it saw Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Jack Nicholson, George Best and Muhammed Ali cross it's threshold. At the time the casino was reputedly the most profitable casino in the world.