London Trivia: Brixton riot

On 10 April 1981, the Brixton Riot started, lasting 2 days. Tensions had been fuelled by unemployment and lack of social housing, these boiled over when a black youth was stabbed, was taken to hospital by the police and reputedly left to die.

On 10 April 1633 Apothecary Thomas Johnson hung a bunch of bananas in his shop at Snow Hill, the first bananas seen in Britain

In 1880 it was suggested redrawing London’s borough boundaries making each one hexagonal to stop cabbies cheating on their fares

Putney Bridge is unique in that it is the only one in Britain with a church at either end (St Mary’s Putney and All Saints Fulham)

Herts Shenley mental health hospital like many others was once a stately home with a long curved drive hence the term ‘going round the bend’

The green cab shelters were erected by Victorian philanthropists with the stipulations that no alcohol to be consumed nor politics discussed

The dinner party attended by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the film ‘Notting Hill’ was held at 91 Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill

Between 1927 and 39 London boasted no fewer than 27 greyhound tracks. Today only three tracks survive, at Wimbledon, Romford and Crayford

Between 1743 and 1939 with fourteen Islington had the highest concentration of public and private swimming baths ever recorded in Britain

London cabbies are forbidden to transport passengers suffering with a ‘notifiable disease’, bubonic plague is but one disease specified

St. Paul’s Cathedral took so long to build in 17thC London that a lazy worker at the time would be called a St Paul’s workman

The Camberwell Beauty is the colloquial term for Nymphasil antiopa, a velvety, chocolate brown butterfly rarely seen because it migrates annually to Scandanavia from London

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