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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
The Post war marriage venue of choice for the famous.
Location: Caxton Hall, Westminster, SW1H 0AQ
Description: Caxton Hall is a Grade II listed building that hosted many mainstream and fringe political and artistic events.
Most famously it was the site of the assassination of Michael O'Dwyer in 1940, former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in India by Indian nationalist Udham Singh, as an act of revenge for the 1919 Amritsar massacre.
The National Front, an openly neo-nazi British political party was formed at a meeting here on 7 February 1967.
The occultist Alister Crowley celebrated the Rites of Eleusis here in the hall with his associates in October and November, 1910.
Later it was popular registry office used by high society and celebrities who required a civil marriage including Donald Campbell (twice), Bernie Winters, Harrison Marks, Billy Butlin, Elizabeth Taylor, Barry Gibb, Diana Dors, Peter Sellers, Roger Moore, Orson Welles, Joan Collins, Yehudi Menuhin, Adam Faith, Robin Nedwell, and Ringo Starr.
The most famous marriage though was that of future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, who married the niece of the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Clarissa Spencer-Churchill here on 18 August 1952.
The plaque outside refers to the building role in the Second World War when it was used by the Ministry of Information for press conferences held by Winston Churchill and his ministers.