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London Zoo 1929 MD93_07025 Featured Entertainment Print

London Zoo 1929 MD93_07025

London Zoo, Regents Park, Westminster. Line drawing entitled "The Gardens of the Zoological Society of London 1929" and "the Gardens 1829" (inset). Probably produced to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Charter. The 1929 version shows elephant rides, visitors and the layout of animal enclosures mostly populated with the various creatures in residence. Inscribed by the early 20th century illustrator R B Brook-Greaves, who designed the Whipsnade White Lion

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Festival Pleasure Gardens AA077613 Featured Entertainment Print

Festival Pleasure Gardens AA077613

Festival Pleasure Gardens, Battersea Park, Wandsworth, London. Passengers riding the waterchute fairground ride at the Battersea Festival Gardens, Greater London, illuminated at night. Battersea Park was transformed as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations in 1951. Photographed 1955-60 by John Gay

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Alhambra Leicester Square CC97_00503 Featured Entertainment Print

Alhambra Leicester Square CC97_00503

Alhambra theatre, Leicester Square, Westminster, London 1870-??82. York & Son wet collodion glass plate negative.
The Alhambra in London'??s Leicester Square was the brainchild of the impresario and showman Edward Tyrell Smith who bought it in 1858 for the staging of circus acts and later musical theatre. Its Moorish styling included domes, minarets, and horseshoe arches. A fire in 1882 led to its rebuilding, but it was demolished in 1936 as the popularity of music hall entertainment declined. It was replaced by an Oden Cinema (see BB87_03577)

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