Lombardo's London: Miscellany
A tour of the buildings and places that made him famous
Although built long after the Lombardos achieved fame and success, Wonderland
Gardens had close ties to the band. Its owners also ran The
Winter Gardens and remained close friends to Guy and his brothers.
The Lombardos visited Wonderland in 1950 and performed at two dances there
in the 1960s. Wonderland Gardens is located near the Guy
Lombardo Music Centre and the Guy Lombardo Bridge. The attraction
closed its doors on January 1, 2004 over a dispute with the city over
The Guy Lombardo Bridge
Touted at the time as "the bridge to no where" this north/south
span over the Thames River was under construction in the fall of 1977
when news of Guy's death reached London. City officials decided to name
the structure in his honour. Opened in 1979, the Guy Lombardo Bridge is
today part of one of the busiest traffic corridors in the city.
Guy only performed here once - but what a performance. To raise money
for his flood-ravaged home town, the Royal Canadian gave a benefit concert
at the Capitol to a capacity crowd in May 1937. Despite some ugly renovations,
the Capitol still operates as a movie house.
Guy's father was one of the leading tailors in London and hoped his sons
would follow in his trade. His business was headquartered out of the Nitschke
Block until 1926 when it was torn down to make way for the new city hall.
It's currently the site of Casey's Restaurant. Ironically, the structure
originally housed a piano company and was, at one time, owned by Ronnie
Click here to see where Guy lived
Click here to see where Guy played
for a tourist's map of Guy Lombardo's London
Thanks to Ted
Marshall for the preparation of this page.