London Trivia: King Edward abdicates

On 11 December 1936 King Edward VIII explained his decision to abdicate in a radio broadcast in order to marry his mistress, Mrs Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite, the marriage was opposed by the government on religious, legal, political, and moral grounds.

On 11 December 1987 Charlie Chaplin’s cane and bowler hat, used in his iconic films, were sold at Christie’s for £82,500

The 17th century Seven Dials monument was removed as the thieves and prostitutes used to hang around it. The current replica dates to 1989

There were eight deep-level shelters built under the London Underground in the Second World War. One of them in Stockwell is decorated as a war memorial

Livingstone’s heart was buried under a tree where he died, now the site of the Livingstone Memorial, his remains buried at Westminster Abbey

Only two MPs have run the London Marathon under 3 hours, best Matthew Parris at 2:32.57 in 1985 and Doug Henderson achieved 2:52.24 in 1989

Author A. A. Milne found the original Winnie-the-Pooh for his son Christopher Robin in the Toy Department of Harrod’s on Christmas Eve

Harrod’s opened in 1849 as a single room grocery shop, a fire gutted the building in 1883 and in 1898 installed the world’s first escalator

London has 108 golf courses, to play every hole would require walking just over 300 miles (assuming you kept out of the rough) and crossing a covered reservoir in Honor Oak

During the Second World War, part of the Piccadilly line (Holborn – Aldwych branch), was closed and British Museum treasures were stored in the empty spaces

Billingsgate Market (old) was originally opened in 1016 selling food and wine, with fish becoming the sole trade later

The dog listening to the gramophone in the HMV logo has a road named after him, near his burial site in Kingston on Thames: Nipper Alley

CabbieBlog-cab.gifTrivial Matter: London in 140 characters is taken from the daily Twitter feed @cabbieblog.
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11 thoughts on “London Trivia: King Edward abdicates”

    1. My colleague Robert Lordan has written about memory: The Knowledge: Train Your Brain Like A London Cabbie, which gives an idea about how’s it done. Thanks for the comment and support.

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    2. Yes, although less are undertaking The Knowledge these days as the monetary return is substantially less than it used to be after 5 years studying. As for SatNav I’d defy that a gizmo could take you to the ‘hole in the wall’ or ‘The Shakespeare’s’ at Waterloo, let alone the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane’s stage door.

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    3. That was the first edition, originally planned to be published by PenguinRandom House. My completely revised 2nd edition for some reason doesn’t appear on Goodreads.

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