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The Kate & William Wedding Tour
The Kate & William Wedding Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th April 1956 Noel Coward's musical South Sea Bubble, premieres in London

25th April 1946 Christopher Fry's Phoenix too Frequent, premieres in London

25th April 1944 Strictly star Len Goodman was born in Bethnal Green.go to related location

25th April 1896 Sidney Jones and Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London

25th April 1660 London Convention Parliament begins

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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