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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th May 1953 Born today: Alfred Molina, London, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears)
24th May 1908 John Masefields Tragedy of Nan, premieres in London
24th May 1899 The state apartments at Kensington Palace opened to the public for the first time.
24th May 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
24th May 1879 James Walker's original Vauxhall toll bridge was opened up for free by the Prince of Wales.
24th May 1819 Queen Victoria is born at Kensington Palace.
The New Clapham Library
This is London's most stunning new iconic library.
Location: 91 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7DB
Description: This landmark state-of-the-art library in the heart of Clapham opened its doors in July 2012 at a time when some cash-strapped councils are closing them. Lambeth Council bucked the trend by opening the brand new 6.5 million public library right on Clapham High Street. It didnt cost the public purse anything because it's been paid for by the sale of 136 residential flats that form part of the new 12 storey development.
Open seven days a week, it will house more than 20,000 books, a performance space for use by local community groups, a new medical centre, caf, internet zone and community rooms.
The stunning building features a distinctive spiral design reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum. It's the masterwork of famous London-based architects Studio Egret West.