The Blenheim Hotel and I Zingari


The Blenheim Hotel and I Zingari

Legendary wandering cricket club I Zingari were founded here.

Location: 94 New Bond Street

Description: This is where the Blenheim Hotel stood through the 19th century becoming a Lyons Tea House by the early 20th century.

Edward Austen, author Jane Austens brother, stayed here in 1800 when it was a renowned upmarket hotel.

The hotel has entered cricket folklore though, through the foundation of wandering cricket club I Zingari being founded here on the 4th July 1845.

After a victory in a game against a school side at Harrow, established cricketers William Bolland, Frederic and Spencer Ponsonby and R.P.Long had dinner here. Agreeing that much of their enjoyment was down to the fact that all eleven were amateurs, the friends decided to found an amateur wandering club. Taking its name from the Italian for The Gypsies, the club are still in existence today.

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The Blenheim Hotel and I Zingari

Legendary wandering cricket club I Zingari were founded here.

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