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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.
Centre Point Tower
An architectural icon from the 1960s and famous London building.
Location: Tottenham Court Road, NW1
Description: An architectural icon from the 1960s.
One of London's most famous, if not most-loved, buildings, Centre Point stands in the centre of the West End, looking over the busy Oxford Street and Charing Cross Rd junction.
Built by the architect Richard Seifert on land originally designated for a traffic roundabout, a long series of extra-ordinary and cloudy dealings resulted in planning permission being granted in August, 1959.
The building stands 117m (385ft) tall, accommodating 35 floors of office space, with its distinctive concrete pattern making it an instantly recognisable London landmark. Centre Point was completed in 1964 and become covered in controversy as greedy property tycoon Harry Hyams intentionally kept it unoccupied as values soared against its potential rent yield.