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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th February 1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
17th February 1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
17th February 1883 A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
17th February 1740 The end of the great frost, freezing of the Thames and a terrible Winter
The Fitzroy Tavern
Famous literary pub with locals Dylan Thomas and George Orwell
Location: 16 Charlotte Strreet, W1T 2NA
Description: Once one of the great literary pubs of London, the framed photos on the walls depict the pub's past and show several of its former denizens - in fact the great Tommy Cooper was one of several famous people who once counted the Fitzroy as their local; they include: Albert Pierrepoint (the hangman), George Orwell, Michael Bentine, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Attenborough, Walter Sickert and Coco The Clown.
Dylan Thomas in The Fitzroy tavern It was here that a drunken Dylan Thomas would give away poetry written on beer mats to any pretty woman who asked.
Magician Aleister Crowley created The Kubla Khan No 2 cocktail here: gin, vermouth and laudanum!
Welsh writer artist and model Nina Hamnett was also a regular in her later stumping up anecdotes for the price of a drink.
This famous literary pub gave its name to the Fitzrovia area.
Tagged in this Tour: Tommy Cooper's London