List of riots in London

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The following is a list of riots and protests involving violent disorder that have occurred in London:

Cartoon of the Old Price Riots, 1809, following a rise in the price of theatre tickets
  • 1391: Riots break out in Salisbury Place over a baker's loaf[2]
  • 1517: Evil May Day riot against foreigners takes place
  • 1668: Bawdy House Riots took place following repression of a series of attacks against brothels[4]
A dispute arose between certain of the craft of the goldsmiths and certain of the craft of the tailors
The Justiciar...took proceedings against them in the King's behalf, saying that they, against the peace and their fealty to his lordship the King, had gone armed in the City, and had at night wickedly and feloniously wounded some persons, and had slain others, whose bodies, it was said, had been thrown into the Thames.

Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London


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  6. ^ "The Gin Craze and Gin Riots". Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Westimnster by election riot of 1788". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Marxism and Rioting". Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  9. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY – 13 – 1977: Violent clashes at NF march". BBC. 13 August 1977. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
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  15. ^ Mail on Sunday (17 October 1993). "Masked Mob Stone Police: 100 hurt as riot erupts on march".
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  17. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY – 1 – 2000: May Day violence on London streets". BBC. 1 May 2000. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
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  1. ^ The march was against the headquarters of the British National Party, located in the area.[12] Thousands of people attended the demonstration, for which 2,600 police officers were deployed.[13] A hardcore element associated with the SWP and Militant[14] refused to accept police instruction to divert the march away from the BNP's headquarters itself, once it had gone past it. In a resulting riot, 21 police officers and 41 demonstrators were injured,[13] leading to a frontpage headline "Masked mob stone police" in the Mail on Sunday.[11][15] In 1995, Welling Council shut down the BNP headquarters.[16]