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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd February 1983 Actress Emily Blunt was born in London.

23rd February 1982 Michael Frayn's Noises Off, premieres in London

23rd February 1981 Princess Diana moves out of her flat ahead of her announcement the following day.

23rd February 1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London

23rd February 1950 Born today: Steve Priest, London, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes)

23rd February 1945 2nd Dutch govt of Gerbrandy forms in London

23rd February 1918 Magician Chung Ling Soo's Catch the Bullet With Your Teeth goes wrong and he is killed on stage.

23rd February 1910 George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, premieres in London

23rd February 1895 Born today: Richard Goolden, London England, actor (School for Husbands)

23rd February 1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad

23rd February 1817 Born today: George Watts, London, painter

23rd February 1792 Artist Sir Joshua Reynolds died in his house in Leicester Fields, London.

23rd February 1776 Born today: John Walter II, London, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47)

23rd February 1633 Born today: Samuel Pepys, London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs)

Top Retail-related places to visit in London.



It's what girls do best, and London never disappoints. Here are some of top shopping locations and retail highlights, from the oldest to the most celebrated. Spend a penny!

TOP 10 RETAIL RELATED SIGHTS IN LONDON:

MORE RETAIL SIGHTS:

11. Bethnal Green...a Snatch @ 88 Teesdale Street
12. The first ever Tesco @ 9 Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak
13. The General Trading Stores @ 26 Symons Street, Sloane Square, London
14. The Beatles Apple Shop @ 94 Baker Street, London
15. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street @ 186 Fleet Street, London
16. Angels and Bermans @ 119 Shaftesbury Avenue, London
17. Merlin's Cave @ Carlisle House, Soho Square, London
18. Gong...Notting Hill @ 142 Portobello Road
19. Floris Perfumerie @ 89 Jermyn Street, London
20. Mrs Salmon's Waxworks @ 17 Chancery Lane
21. Hackney Mafia Shoe Shop @ 5 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London
22. Seven Dials (nee Six) @ Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London
23. Orwell's Booklovers Corner @ 1 South End Road, Hampstead, London
24. House of the Mystery Hat @ Goldhawk Road
25. Hamleys Toy Store @ 188 - 196 Regent Street
26. Oldest Shopfront in London @ 56 Artillery Lane
27. Where the Tricks came from @ 25 New Oxford Street
28. The Camden Markets @ Camden Lock Place
29. The Old Curiosity Shop @ 13-14 Portsmouth Street, London
30. Indiana Jones' Hat Shop @ 13 Old Burlington Street, Mayfair
31. Walthamstow Market @ Hoe Street to St James's Street
32. Pink Floyd's Drum Shop @ 41 Store Street, Bloomsbury
33. Birch's Immortal Shop @ 15 Cornhill, London
34. The Sights of Soho @ Meard Street, Soho
35. Binks in Bates @ 21a Jermyn Street, St. James's, London
36. Electric Avenue @ Electric Avenue, Brixton, London
37. House of Reeves @ 120 Church Street, Croydon
38. Jigsaw and Kate Middleton @ 9 Argyll Street
39. Grand Seraglio... What? @ Covent Garden
40. HMV's first Celebrity Opening @ 363 Oxford Street
41. Facts on Selfridges @ 400 Oxford Street
42. Seven Sisters Market @ Pueblito Paisa, 231 High Road, Seven Sisters, Lo
43. McLaren and Westwood's SEX @ 430 Kings Road, London
44. Richard Branson born here @ Stonefield Nursing Home, 904 Sidcup Road, London
45. A Market steeped in History @ Leather Lane
46. R. Soles of London @ 109A Kings Road, Chelsea
47. London's Most Female Street @ Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London
48. Once there were Herrings @ 137 Cannon Street
49. The Westfield London @ Shepherd's Bush, London
50. Chrisp Street Market @ Chrisp Street, Poplar
51. Labour and Wait... @ 18 Cheshire Street
52. Maple House @ 149 Tottenham Court Road
53. Handbag Gang Strike Again @ New Bond Street
54. Good Gifts in a Tree @ 53 Exmouth Market
55. Retail on the River @ Gabriel's Wharf
56. Radical booksellers since 1945 @ 5 Caledonian Road
57. London's only Antique Dept Store @ 150 Chiswick High Road
58. John Lobb Bootmakers @ 9 St. James's Street, London
59. Fox and Lewis @ 19 St James Street, London
60. Cricket in Covent Garden @ 21 Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, London
61. WH Smith lived here @ 12c Hyde Park Street, Bayswater
62. Harrods @ 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
63. The World's First Ever Cashpoint @ 20 The Town, Enfield
64. Tip-Top Umbrellas @ James Smith & Sons, 53 New Oxford Street
65. Garrards Jewellers @ 24 Albemarle Street, Mayfair
66. Churchill's Favourite for Cheese @ 93 Jermyn Street
67. Simply Sausages @ Harts Corner, 341 London Central Markets
68. Scandinavian Food for All @ 61 Great Titchfield Street
69. Farming Markets for a Decade @ Cramer Street Car park, Marylebone High Street
70. Tomorrow Never Dies Car Chase @ Brent Cross Car Park, Brent Cross
71. Magic and Comedy @ 145 Wardour Street
72. Sylvia's Suffragette Shop @ 198 Bow Road, Bow, London
73. Debenhams. a loo with a view @ 334-348 Oxford Street
74. Quercus - Publishing Revelation @ 21 Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury
75. Home to the Geisha Kimonos @ 1-7 Davies Mews
76. The Kensington Poltergeist @ 20 Bute Street, South Kensington, London
77. Sally Clarke's @ 122 & 124 Kensington Church Street, Kensington
78. Trinkets, Gems and Tourists @ Covent Garden
79. The East Ends most famous market @ Petticoat Lane
80. Is This The New Portobello? @ Lower Marsh
81. She's in Fashion... @ 51 Endell Street, Covent Garden
82. The first Waitrose @ 263 High Street, Acton Hill
83. Former Toilet for your Jeweller @ 58 Davies Street
84. Feel the fibre of the fabric @ Joel & Son Fabrics, 75-83 Church Street
85. A Market going down in History @ Harrow Road & Fernhead Road
86. Tigers in Town @ Oxford Street
87. The Shop the Looters Ignored @ 70-72 St John's Road, Clapham
88. Catch the best fishmongers @ 88-90 Essex Road
89. Exchange Alley @ Bank, London
90. Cupcakes in Kensington @ 132 Kensington Church Street
91. Lock & Co...Historical Hats @ 6 St. James's Street
92. Sainsbury's started here @ 173 Drury Lane, Holborn, London
93. Virgin Born Here @ 2 Symons Street, London
94. Feeling Honourable? @ 86 Lower Marsh, Lambeth
95. Liberty @ Regent Street, London
96. Portobello Road Markets @ Portobello Road
97. A Market With Mexican Roots @ Portobello Road
98. Winfield House @ North West Regents Park, London
99. Magic, Gizmos & FUN @ 246 High Holborn
100. Massage...on your time @ Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
101. Old Spitalfields Market @ 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields
102. Bloodgate Source @ 268 Lavender Hill, London
103. Tea, Tea, Glorious Tea @ 45 Berwick Street, Soho
104. Market...stop shouting, go Shop @ Stadium Car Park, Engineers Way
105. Faraday's Apprenticeship @ 48 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London
106. Bagels while you Shop @ Nicole Farhi, 202 Westbourne Grove
107. Experts in Retro @ 4 Nettlefold Place
108. Leadenhall Market @ 48-51 Leadenhall Market
109. Making Cake since the 1900s @ 111 Sydenham Road
110. Once a great Music Venue @ 246 Hackney Road