Where  the cause of Cholera was discoveredDue to its strategic location on the River Thames London has been at the centre of British life since Roman times. Given its existence for over 2,000 years, there are bound to be numerous stories of intrigue and many secrets.

We look at some of these secrets, including:

  • A statue older than Cleopatra's Needle 
  • A little bit of Texas in the centre of London
  • Mrs Coade's secret
  • The 'body railway‘
  • The world's largest library devoted to women
  • The site where the cause of cholera was discovered,

With each 'secret' we explore and learn a little bit more about the hidden world of our greatest city

Cholera Water Pump

Mrs Coade's Secret


Thursday 11th Oct 2018 at 19:45 (doors open 19:30) @ Bourne End Community Centre.
Tickets £5 (£4 for Community Ass'n members) on the door. £4 (£3 for members) in advance from the Community Centre Office or bar or book online here

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Here is a list from Mike of the venues discovered during the talk:

Secret London Venues

Sekhmet - Sothebys 34, 35 New Bond St.

Britain's smallest police station - Trafalgar Sq.

Pump with handle removed - Broadwick St. Soho

Last duel to the death in London - Pickering Place - off St. Jame's St. Westminster

Texan embassy - 3, St. James St. Westminster

First General Assembly meeting of the United Nations - Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

Mrs Coade's Lion - At the approach to Westminster Bridge

19th Century brick kiln - Walmer Rd. North Kensington

World's first public utility company - Great Peter St. Westminster

Sir Hiram Maxim's workshop - corner of Hatton Garden

Largest clock in London - Shell Mex House - The Strand

Underground Station with a river - Sloane Square

First bomb to be dropped on London - 31, Nevill Rd. Stoke Newington N16

Thames River Police HQ - Wapping High St.

The London Stone - 109/111 Cannon St. EC4

Remains of Old London Bridge - St. Magnus the Martyr church Lower Thames St.

Oldest house in City of London - 41, Cloth Fair

Jacobean timber framed house - Inner Temple Lane

Chelsea Physic Garden - 66, Royal Hospital Rd. SW3

Wellington's mounting stone - Waterloo Place

London's lighthouse - Trinity Buoy Wharf

Last remaining sewage lamp - at the back of the Savoy Hotel

Old St. Pancras churchyard - at the back of Kings Cross station

The ghost houses of London - Leinster Gardens Paddington

Statue to Britain's first female surgeon Louise Aldrich-Blake - Tavistock Square

Women's library - London School of Economics

Michelin House - 81, Fulham Rd. Chelsea

Entrance to the Necropolis Railway station - 121, Westminster Bridge Rd.

Bluecoats of London - Hatton Garden

Body snatcher watch house - Giltspur St. Holborn

Stretcher fences - Brixton Hill, Kennington Park Oval etc

London's newest park - Northala Fields Northolt.


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