On June 11th 2015 the London Eye will be set to a special slow rotation speed and each of its 32 capsules will be given over to a talk by a well-known authority on a famous Londoner.
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Arthur Conan Doyle was a writer, most famous for creating the detective Sherlock Holmes. After studying medicine in his native Edinburgh Conan Doyle moved to London in 1891 to set up an ophthalmic practice. However it was a different aspect of his medical training that was to make his name. HIs professor in Edinburgh, Dr Joseph Bell, had had an obsessively meticulous eye for detail in diagnosing his patients. This inspired Conan Doyle to create the character of Sherlock Holmes. The stories were published in Strand magazine from 1891. Conan Doyle also wrote the Lost World - the first work of dinosaur fiction. Sir Arthur was a firm believer in spiritualism and was famously hoodwinked by a doctored photograph purporting to show two girls talking to fairies in their garden.
Matt Brown is editor-at-large of Londonist, a website about London and everything in it. He was formerly an editor at Nature Publishing Group specialising in London's scientific endeavours. As a regular quizmaster and trivia buff, expect a talk filled with unusual anecdotes and 'I never knew that' moments.
To commemorate the occasion Aspall, a family cyder-making business established in 1728, have designed a special 32 Londoners label for their premier cru. Each guest will be served a complimentary bottle during the talk. The historic Riverside Rooms in County Hall will be opened especially for the evening and tickets include a special invitation to the 32 Londoners reception and post-event celebrations where guests and speakers will be able to discuss this singular and inspirational event.
32 Londoners was curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat as a unique experience intended to strengthen the cultural connection of Londoners with the city in which they live and work.
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