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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
The Holborn Restaurant
One of the famous lost restaurants of Old London.
Location: 129 Kingsway, Holborn
Description: Alas today it's a humdrum Sainsbury's and glass fronted office block, but 100 years ago this was one splendid restaurant. Holborn was once a place to go.
Founded in 1874, it was billed as adding a 'spice of poetry to the dull prose of every day life'.
The British Chess Federation was founded here in 1904.
In 1908 the Olympic Games were held in London, and a series of banquets were held here for the participating athletes.
It was a huge building containing a vast dining room 'The Venetian Hall' and a number of smaller private dining rooms and the restaurant was also very popular with the local freemasons.
It was demolished in 1955.