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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
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.