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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
12th November 1931 Sibelius/Ashton's ballet Lady of Shalott, premieres in London
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Pete & Carl's Flat
The flat that Libertines Pete and Carl shared in Bethnal Green.
Location: 112a Teesdale Street, Bethnal Green
Description: This run down flat was where budding musicians Carl Barat, and his former partner in the rock band the Libertines, Pete Doherty lived.
They moved into the 2 bed flat almost straight after signing a record deal in 2001. It was squalid - no running water, they once filled the toilet cistern with Evian!
Doherty and Barat named it the Albion Rooms, a theme Pete in particular continues to day.
Pete Welsh, in his Libertines biography (Kids in the Riot), says they kept 50 notes in the fridge to pay drug dealers; and Doherty entertained wasted young women on a bed piled high with mattresses. They played intimite gigs here amongst the squalor - the police raided it once, prompting the band to serenade them with the Clash's Guns of Brixton.
By 2003, their friendship increasingly strained, Barat, then Doherty, left for good.
Tagged in this Tour: Libertines, Oasis, Alcohol.