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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd April 1991 Two trains collided on the DLR at West India Quay.
22nd April 1930 US, Britain and Japan sign London Naval Treaty
22nd April 1925 Born today: George Cole, London England, actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers)
22nd April 1899 Born today: Martyn Green, London, actor (Gilbert and Sullivan, Iceman Cometh)
22nd April 1823 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
22nd April 1737 William Hicks (MP for Wallingford) was attacked by highwayman Dick Turpin and associate in a coach travelling to London through Epping Forest.
The Birth of Britpop
This is where Coldplay played their first gig.
Location: 113 Bayham Street, Camden
Description: This was once the hottest music venue in town - a bar called The Laurel Tree. It hosted a northern soul and mod night in 1993 started by DJ and promoter Paul Tunkin called The Blow Up Club in it's upstairs room. At its peak in 1995, Melody Maker magazine declared it The Club That Changed The World.
Blur, Elastica, Menswear, The Buzzcocks, Huggy Bear, Jesus and Mary Chain, Suede and Pulp all played here.
It sadly closed down in 1999 after running into late-hours rows with the council and one of its main attractions The Blow Up club night moved to a bigger venue in Soho. Since then it's careered from owner to owner changing name several times.