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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Dickens based 'Our Mutual Friend' on this pub.
Location: 76 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14 8BP
Description: This seems to be the pub that Dickens bases the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters on in Our Mutual Friend (although there is some debate) - so it has something of a place in Britain's literary history.
It's reputed that the young Charles Dickens was made to stand on a table and sing to the customers.
There are unsavoury stories of watermen taking drunks from this pub to drown drown in the river, then selling their corpses for medical dissection.
Actor Sir Ian McKellan is part owner of this pub that formerly was The Bunch of Grapes.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London