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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
The Rivoli Ballroom
London's finest 1930's preserved ballroom.
Location: 350 Brockley Road, Brockley, London, SE4 2BY
Description: London's best preserved 1950's classic ballroom is directly opposite Crofton Park station. It was designed by Henley Attwater with a simple barrel-vaulted auditorium opening just before The Great War in July 1913 as the Crofton Park Picture Palace. The Rivoli Cinema became its new name in 1929.
It features a sprung Maple Dance floor.
It hosts regular themed club nights, gigs and concerts with over 700 seats.
BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, The Muppets, The Avengers, and Tom Hardy's Legend have all filmed here.
Handy for London-based music artists it's noted for being the location for Tina Turner's Private Dancer music video and Elton John's I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.
Today it is Grade II listed by English Heritage.