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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 London Apprentice
A historic river pub with royal connections.
Location: 62 Church Street, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 6BG
Description: The pub first opened in 1731 and used to be kept open all night for people travelling on the river, from which this pub has great views.
Henry VIII is alleged to have met Catherine Howard here, while Charles II wow Nell Gwynne here.
The name London Apprentice is said to come from the apprentices working at London's livery companies who used to row out to Isleworth in colourful barges during their free time.
Charles Dickens and Oliver Cromwell are supposed to have drunk here.
It's also rumoured to have tunnels from the cellar to the local church, as used by smugglers to store contraband and cash in the crypt.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London