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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
This pub is a legendary traditional London music pub.
Location: 553 High Rd, Ilford., IG1 1TZ
Description: The Cauliflower was built on an old market and cauliflower patch, hence the name. The date when the Cauliflower was built is unclear. It was a pub before 1897 when building plans for the Cauliflower Hotel were submitted.
A company called Huggins & Co took on the building contract in 1897 for Waterman and Lewis, of Cullum Street, London which is believed to be the firm that designed it. It was opened three years later and in its heyday became a popular hotel used by the elite in London and Essex. An issue of the Recorder in 1900 reviewed the Cauliflower Hotel saying: The building is probably one of the finest this side of London and is on a par with similar buildings in the West End.
Today the Cauliflower is a popular music venue that features live tribute acts, bands and themed nights - something which is said to have been former landlord George Michleburgh's dream.
Many of the original features remain. The ornate bar, clock, fireplace, antique wood and glass panels and a stained glass roof near the stage maintain the air of grandeur.
Many seminal rock acts have played here from The Small Faces and Ian Dury to the Inspiral Carpets.