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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
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.