London Trivia: Ascending rooms

On 6 August 1889 the first luxury hotel in Britain was opened. Built by Richard D’Oyly Carte, the Savoy Hotel was approached via a cul-de-sac where vehicles travelled on the right. Taking 5 years to build the hotel was the first to have electric lifts known as ascending rooms and electric lighting. Service could be summoned by a speaking tube. César Ritz was its first manager. Later the hotel would be the first to offer en-suite bathrooms with cascading showers.

On 6 August 1966 Mohammad Ali beat Brian London at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Hall in the 3rd round of a heavyweight contention match

In 1682 Duke of Monmouth was executed at Tower Hill, his family retrieved the body had his head sewn back on and had his portrait painted

Charles Holden’s Gants Hill Station was inspired by Moscow’s Metro features Russian styled barrel-vaulted concourse is nicknamed Moscow Hall

On 6 August 1937 Barbara Windsor was born her real surname was Deeks, her stage name was inspired by the Queen’s coronation: “it sounded posher”

Belsize Park was one of eight Underground stations converted into a deep-level air raid shelter during the Second World War

Nicholl’s Antique Arcade, 142 Portobello Road was used as the location for William’s (Hugh Grant) bookshop in the movie Notting Hill

Henry VIII hosted a grand party in St. Etheldreda’s Church crypt for 5 days menu: a feast of swans-stuffed with larks-stuffed with sparrows

Lord’s is surely the only sporting venue in the world where a steward’s duties include collecting champagne corks from the field of play

First fully automatic electric traffic lights were Piccadilly Circus in 1937 called ‘Robot Traffic Lights’, the first one was known as ‘Little Eva’

William Taynton was the first person to appear on television at the attic workshop of John Logie Baird at 22 Frith Street, Soho

Glaciologists believe the ice sheet that once covered much of Britain during the last Ice Age stopped where Finchley Road Station now stands

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