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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The home of radical art in the middle of London.
Location: The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
Description: The Institute of Contemporary Arts (The ICA) is an artistic and cultural centre on The Mall featuring galleries, a theatre, two cinemas, a bookshop and a bar.
Founded in 1946, the ICA is a membership institute that promotes and encourages an understanding of radical art and culture via a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, talks and events.
Adam and the Ants played in the restaurant in their first ever gig by pretending to be a country band in 1977. After one song they pulled the plug,and they reconvened in the theatre next door.