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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th August 1980 Willy Russell's Educating Rita, premieres in London
19th August 1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
19th August 1842 The last day before railings were put up on The Monument, also the last (of 6) suicides from the top.
19th August 1274 The Coronation of Edward I in Westminster Abbey.
Russian Emperor Alexander I
The hotel that was here was famous for flush toilets & the Czar.
Location: Reed House, Piccadilly, London
Description: On the west corner of Bolton Street with Piccadilly used to stand Bath House, formerly the home of Lady Ludlow. It became the site of the Pulteney Hotel, a plush hotel in the 18th and 19th centuries and infamous for being one of the first to have flush toilets.
In 1814 the Czar Alexander I stayed here and greeted crowds from his balcony, the Russian Emperor taking time out to travel Europe following his glorious defeat of Napolean. Alexander was purported a few years later to have faked his own death.