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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
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.