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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.
20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.
20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)
20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.
20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times
20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.
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.