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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
Arsenal and The Sutton Arms
Frank McLintock's Islington pub.
Location: 193 Caledonian Road, Islington
Description: The Sutton Arms here was famous is the early 1900s as the starting point for a race (London's newest marathon) between Great Northern Railway workers from King's Cross. It was approximately 5.3 miles finishing at Noel Park Station in Wood Green (Shopper's City today).
All the participints had nicknames, such as 'the Ginger Chicken'. I was amazed to find it is now called the Marathon Restaurant, I wonder if the story had been passed on.
Bob Rust (March 2016)
Later, in a nod to the past, it became a restaurant called the 'Marathon Restaurant'. Today its a successful Ethiopian restaurant, called The Merkato.
Former Arsenal football legend and pundit Frank McLintock MBE (born 28 December 1939) owned The Sutton Arms here between 1975-1986 with his friend Harry Hicks.
In 1977, after watching their team beat England 2-1 at Wembley, 300 very happy Scotsmen arrived here for the rest of the night. They laid clumps of Wembley turf out along the bar during their celebrations!