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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
Carlton Hotel Communism
President Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam rolled pastry here.
Location: Haymarket, SW1
Description: That's right... the Carlton Hotel (now demolished) in London's Haymarket did indeed have some historical Communist connections.
Back in 1913 this glorious hotel employed an apprentice pastry-chef who went onto bigger (but not better) things in South-East Asia.
President Ho Chi Minh, who once rolled pastry between his fingers, went on to rule Vietnam as it's Communist leader.