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American Tour of London
American Tour of London

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.

Grand Seraglio... What?



Grand Seraglio... What?

Covent Garden - was once a hotpot of debauchery and naughtiness.

Location: Covent Garden, WC2E

Description: Covent Garden - a mecca of happening vibes, excitable people, shops, street performers, food, drink, pasties... it's one of the many London attractions at the top of the visit list.

But...for several hundred years this hotspot of energy went by a different name - 'Grand Seraglio of the Nation'. And why...

Well, it used to be full of brothels, gaming houses, Turkish baths and theatres. And so in 1704 Queen Anne decided that the area must be bought to order and cleaned up with a new bill, it didn't really take off initially, but as you will now see...Anne did get her way. If only we could turn back time and see the real 'Covent'?


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Grand Seraglio... What?

Covent Garden - was once a hotpot of debauchery and naughtiness.


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