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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
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17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
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Was this George Orwell's favourite pub in London?
Location: 21 Canonbury Place, N1 2NS
Description: Tucked away from the bustle of nearby Upper Street, the Canonbury is a discreet piece of London literary history.
A regular haunt of George Orwell, the Canonbury was one of the pubs the author amalgamated for his classic 1946 essay the 'The Moon Under Water'.
Living just a stone's thrown away in Canonbury Square, the author valued the pub - sadly now modernised inside - for the protection that the walled garden offered his young son from the bomb-damaged tenements outside.
The huge spreading chestnut tree that still stands outside was inspirational for Orwell during his writing of 'Nineteen Eighty Four'.