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Guy Lombardo's London: Miscellany
A tour of the buildings and places that made him famous

Wonderland Gardenswonderland gardens 2003
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 rental fees.

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.

Capitol Theatre
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.

nitschke block 1800s276 Dundas Street
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 Hawkins.


Click here to see where Guy lived
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Click here for a tourist's map of Guy Lombardo's London

Thanks to Ted Marshall for the preparation of this page.