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American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th May 1959 Johnson and Bart's musical Lock up your daughters, premieres in London

28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)

28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)

28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London

28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.

Electric Avenue



Electric Avenue

The first ever shopping area with electric lights.

Location: Electric Avenue, Brixton, London

Description: This was the first electric shopping area in London, built in the 1880s and now host to Brixton Market.

Electric Avenue inspired the name of Eddy Grant's #2 hit of 1983 from the album Killer on the Rampage. The song describes the problems in the world as seen by Eddy Grant.

In April 1999, a homemade nail bomb exploded in the market, injuring 48 people, including a security guard who was trying to move disbelieving shoppers and a 14-year-old boy who picked the bomb up and carried it away from the crowds. The bomb was one of three detonated by far-right extremist David Copeland in attacks aimed at London's black, Asian, and gay communities.


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Electric Avenue

The first ever shopping area with electric lights.


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