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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Cittie Of Yorke
An inn has stood on this site since 1430
Location: 22 High Holborn, WC1V 6BN
Description: An inn has stood on this site since 1430 (although the earliest bits on show now date from around 1645 and most of the interior is from the end of the 19th century). It's impressively galleried down one side with large barrels.
Half way between Fleet Street and Gray's Inn, it's famous for its long bar called Henekey's, the former name of this pub in the 1970's, and part of the same named bar chain. Sam Smith's gave it the name Cittie of York when it acquired Henekey's, naming it after a long demolished pub nearby.
It was rebuilt around 1922/23, in what was then a reaction against the Victorian mahogany-and-mirrors style of pubs like the Princess Louise down the road.
The curious cast-iron stove in the centre of the hall is a classic piece of Victoriana with it's lack of pipes and secreted smoke-removal system through the floor and walls.