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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th April 1966 Spin-bowling Cricketer Phil Tufnell was born in Barnet, London.
29th April 1943 Noel Coward's Present Laughter, premieres in London
29th April 1923 Born today: Maxine Audley, London, actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards)
29th April 1879 Born today: Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)
The Freemason's Arms
One of the few original London Skittles alleys still in use.
Location: 32 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 1NT
Description: This gastro pub has a surviving London Skittles pell mell court from the original (long demolished) pub. The game involves rolling a big wooden ball through iron hoops and was a worm of croquet without the mallet.
There's also a skittle alley in the cellar, basically nine pin bowling with a large cheese! Quite rare to see nowadays!