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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
Livingstone I Presume?
Great colonial explorer Dr Livingstone lie in state here.
Location: 1 Savile Row, W1S 3JR
Description: Gieves & Hawkes occupy one of great buildings of Savile Row, just a stones throw of fine tailoring from Regent Street.
Yorkshire architect William Kent designed Number 1, while he actually commuted all the way from Number 2. He also designed 22 and 23 further down. It was built by 1735 and remains in great condition thanks to the quality of materials.
Famously, the Royal Geographical Society occupied the house from 1870 to 1912, building a glass-roofed map-room in the courtyard. They also erected a small astronomical observatory on the roof, and added the portico we see today on the front.
As such an important player in British exploration, much was planned here including trips to Asia, Africa, and the South Pole; and, according to the Society, the address became associated with adventure and travel!.
Great Explorer Dr David Livingstone died in Africa and his body (apart from the bits buried in Africa) was transported home by steamer to lie in state here for 2 days. 2 days later he was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Tagged in this Tour: Great London Explorers Tour