On 30 January 1969, the Beatles played their last ever gig. On the roof of Apple Records Office at 3 Savile Row, they played for 42 minutes to the delight of fans. It was then that the police stopped the performance following complaints from neighbouring offices. The police didn’t have to travel far as Savile Row police station almost opposite. Footage from the performance was later used in the documentary film Let It Be.
On 30 January 1965 Sir Winston Churchill was buried after a full state funeral. A total of 321,360 people had filed past the catafalque during the three days of lying-in-state
48 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea was home to Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull in May 1969 when the police raided the house for drugs
Kensington and Chelsea is London’s smallest borough by area, at 4.7 square miles (12.2 sq km), but probably the richest
The 1887 Coroners Act made it illegal to drop dead within The Palace of Westminster or any of The Queen’s Palaces
On 30 January 1649 King Charles I en route to execution at Whitehall wore two shirts so bystanders wouldn’t think he was shivering through fear
Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis and Demi Moore’s restaurant Planet Hollywood appeared in the British romantic comedy About the Boy
Rules has served food on the same site since 1798 and once had a secret door for King Edward VII to enter with his mistress Lily Langtry
The snow season in London can be said to start in December, however on 2 June 1975 snow fell on Lord’s Cricket Ground
In 1750 the first umbrella used by Jonas Hanway brought back from Persia. Cabbies fearful they’d lose their wet weather called him a Frenchman
Taking 35 years to complete St Paul’s cost a staggering £747,661.50 to build at a time when a labourer building it would be paid 10p a day
Camden painted yellow outlines of squatting dogs with arrows on its pavements telling dogs to use the gutter it’s not clear they understood
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5 thoughts on “London Trivia: Rooftop recital”
Love that last one…
I’ve been trying to get my dog to read, but with little success.
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I watched Churchill’s funeral procession from the window of my mum’s office in the City. I was almost 13 at the time. All the staff were allowed to bring one other person to watch it.
I have been to Rules a couple of times, and didn’t think the food was that great. Nice sense of history in there though.
Best wishes, Pete.
Churchill’s funeral, that’s an experience you’re unlikely to forget.
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It was a very impressive procession, David. Not that I was ever a fan of Winston, but it was an historic moment to remember.