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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
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Londons 1st Fish and Chip shop
This is where London's first fish and chip shop used to be.
Location: 78/80 Cleveland Way, Bethnal Green
Description: This is where young apprentice Joseph (Joe) Malin, 13 years old, masterminds London's first ever fish and chip shop. It is likely that he and his family began making fish and chips in their home and then young Joe would sell them on the street. They likely had a fishmonger's shop here and sometime after 1860 turned it into a fish and chip shop.
In the 1891 census he is listed as a fishmonger, as is his wife, and his daughter a potato peeler!