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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Number 1 Poultry
Londons post modern masterpiece or monstrosity - you decide!
Location: 1 Poultry, London
Description: Designed by Sir James Stirling this is one of London's most revered post modern buildings. It's bizarre shapes, forms and unusual brickwork reflect other structures such as the previous building here The Mappin and Webb.
It now provides not only office space, but houses restaurants and shops, plus a tube station underneath.
It was built in 1994 on a site owned by Peter Palumbo, after Stirling's death.
While it was constructed an archeological treasure trove was being unearthed below; the Roman finds of a Roman road and artefacts dating back to AD 54 - perhaps when Londonium was founded.