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28th February 1975 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop

28th February 1922 The Princess Mary, daughter of King George V was married to Viscount Lascelles in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

28th February 1918 Born today: Alfred Burke, London England, actor (Backfire)

28th February 1916 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72

28th February 1728 Georg F Handels opera Siroe, re di Persia, premieres in London

Shell Mex House



Shell Mex House

The local of the former Hotel Cecil where the RAF was formed.

Location: 80 The Strand, Westminster, WC2R 0DT

Description: Shell Mex House is a striking art deco grade II listed building built in 1930 on the former site of the Hotel Cecil, one of the biggest and most luxurious in Europe with over 800 rooms when it opened in 1886.

The Royal Air Force was formed in the hotel and had its first headquarters here on the 1st April 1918. A green plaque marks the site.

The building was for many years the London headquarters of Shell-Mex and BP Ltd for who it was originally built, but most of the building today houses companies run by Pearson.

Unusually, it is situated behind the original facade of the Hotel Cecil, inbetween the Adelphi and the Savoy Hotel.

From the River it stands out as one of the most identifiable buildings because of it's massive clock face, the largest in England, larger than Big Ben even.

In the final scene of the 2016 action-game-made-film Assassin's Creed, the hero Callum Lynch and two other surviving assassins stand astride Shell Mex House and survey London.


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Shell Mex House

The local of the former Hotel Cecil where the RAF was formed.


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