The Carlisle Arms on Bateman Street was the scene of London’s only known death through near-inhalation of a billiard ball.
In November 1893, a 24-year-old envelope cutter named Walter Cowle reckoned he could place a whole billiard ball in his mouth and still close his teeth.
This he achieved, but only by accidentally blocking his windpipe and choking to death.
The coroner later declared that it was a ‘silly and dangerous feat to attempt’.
You can still drink in the pub to this day, but it no longer contains a billiard table.
Source: Grantham Journal, 11 November 1893