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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
Ho Chi Minh worked here!
Vietnamese communist revolutionary trained as a chef here.
Location: Drayton Court Hotel, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, W13 8PH
Description: Ho Chi Minh is most famous for being the founder of the Viet-Minh independentist movement in 1941 and establishing communist control in part of Vietnam in the 1960s.
During his 30 year exile, while in London, in 1914 he trained as a chef here. The popular line is that it can be assumed that he would have cleaned and washed the dishes here!