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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
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.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
The Rock Garden
This is a former legendary music venue.
Location: 6/9 The Piazza, Covent Garden
Description: The Rock Garden club was situated below the restaurant. Over 30,000 bands have performed live on stage since it opened in 1978. U2 played their first London gig here. Dire Straits had a weekly residency here for a few months and bands such as Iron Maiden, The Police and The Smiths have all played here. The Rock Garden closed its doors for the last time on 31/12/2008.