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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th March 1979 Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, premieres in London
29th March 1959 Born today: Marina Sirtis, London, actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation)
29th March 1871 the Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
29th March 1869 Born today: Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
History of Claridges
Claridges, hotel to the rich, royal and famous.
Location: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
Description: Claridge’s first seed was sown in 1812, when James Mivart opened a hotel in the house at 51 Brook Street. By 1838, Mivart owned a row of five consecutive houses, knocking through to create one large hotel.
King Peter of Yugoslavia, exiled from his country in 1941 came to reside here. His son, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia was born in Suite 212 in July 1945.
Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill declared the suite Yugoslav territory, and legend has it that a spadeful of Yugoslav earth was placed under the bed so that the heir to the throne could literally be born on Yugoslav soil.
Kate Moss held her 30th birthday party in a suite here with a Thirties theme. thirty security guards allowing guests using the code words “big 3-0” to enter the exclusive Claridges hotel in London's Mayfair for a thirty hour long party, where they were greeted with flower presentations with thirty blooms.
Upon entering the party, the star-studded list of guests were confronted with the choice of thirty pounds of Beluga caviar (served by thirty waiters of course) or platters of thirty kinds of fish. In case the guests were thirty, sorry thirsty, there were also thirty cases of vintage Cristal champagne.