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THE SOHO CONNECTIONS: A-Z of Clubs, Pubs & other

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I am starting to compile a simple list of clubs and pubs in London’s West End.  This includes an address/area (if known), the decade(s) and any comments as well as a key.

There will, without doubt, be errors so please forward any corrections or omissions as I would prefer an accurate record.  This will be kept updated when I come across any further information during my research.  (Last updated: 30 Aug 2016)

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Key:

M = Members Club   E = Escort Club  D = Dilly boys   S = Striptease   R = Rent Boys   G = Gay bar  UC = Under same management control

  • (The) 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street – 1960s (formerly The Feldman Swing Club, The London Jazz Club, The Humphrey Lyttelton Club & Jazz Shows Jazz Club)
  • 150 Club, Earls Court Road – 1960s (aka Rachman’s Club) – owned by Peter Rachman, ran by Sergiusz Paplinski.
  • 2i’s Coffee Bar, (basement) 59 Old Compton Street – Owned by two Australians: Paul Lincoln (aka Doctor Death) & Ray Hunton – M R
  • 41 Club, Dean Street – 1960s – Doorman: William Douglas.
  • 51 Club, Great Newport Street – 1950s
  • A&B Club, 29 Wardour Street, Soho – D
  • Ad Lib Club, top floor, Prince Charles Theatre, 7 Leicester Place – 1960s
  • (The) Alibi Club – 1950s – G R
  • Alphabet Club, Gerrard Street, Soho – 1960s
  • Apollo, 3 Wardour Street, Soho – D
  • Arena, Villiers Street – 1960s – R
  • Army & Navy Club, Piccadilly – 1950s
  • Arts & Battledress, Rupert Street – 1970s – M D
  • AthanaeumM
  • Bag O’Nails (aka ‘The Bag), 8-9 Kingly Street – 1960s – Owners: Rik & John Gunnell
  • Bang Disco
  • Bar-B-Q Snack Bar, Frith Street – 1970s – R
  • Bar Italia, 22 Frith Street – 1940s – Owners: Lou & Caterina Polledri
  • Benjie’s, Ham Yard off Great Windmill Street – makeshift coffee stall – D
  • Bill’s Snack Bar, Bouchier Street – 1970s – R
  • Biograph, Wilton Place, Victoria – 1960s – D
  • Black & White Milk Bar, off Wardour Street
  • (The) Black Cat, Old Compton Street, Soho
  • Blue Gardenia Club, 20 St Anne’s Court – 1960s – Manager: Brian Casser
  • Blue Heaven Club, Ham Yard – 1950s – Owner: Cy Laurie
  • Bobby’s Bar, Greek Street, Soho –
  • Boeuf a’ L’Etoile, Piccadilly – M R
  • Bunjie’s Coffee House, 27 Lichfield Street – D R
  • Busby’s Heaven – Bang Disco
  • Cabinet Club, Gerrard Street, Soho – R
  • Cameo, Leicester Square – 1960s – R
  • Carousel Club, Panton Street then moved to Orange Street – Run by: ‘Lennie’ – M R
  • (The) Casino – 1950s – G
  • (The) Cat’s Whisker – 1950s – Owner: Peter Evans
  • Chaguaramas Club, 41-45 Neal Street – 1970s – Owner: Ian Vella – D
  • Chas McDevitt’s Freight Train – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Chelic, Great Windmill Street, Soho – R
  • Churchills, 160 New Bond Street – 1960s – Directors: Harry & Andrew Meadows, Licencee: Leslie Botibol – E
  • Club Eleven, 41 Great Windmill Street – 1948-1950 (then moved to 50 Carnaby Street)
  • Club St Germain, Poland Street, Soho – 1960s
  • Coffee Ann, Whitcombe Street – 1950s
  • (The) Coffee Pot, Wardour Street – R
  • (The) Colombian, illegal drinking club, Soho. Arson attack by John Thompson, 1981.
  • (The) Colony Room (aka Muriel’s), 31 Dean Street – 1960s – Owner: Muriel Belcher (followed by Ian Board, Michael Wojas & Dick Bradsell) – M
  • (The) Compton Cinema Club, 56 Old Compton Street – 1960s – Owners: Tony Tenser & Michael Klinger – M E
  • (The) Coronet Club, Soho – Owner: Alfred Gaul
  • (The) Cromwellian Club, Cromwell Road, South Kensington – Owner: Tony Mitchell
  • (The) Cue, Praed Stret, Paddington – 1960s – Owner: Count Suckle (later became ‘Q’ Club)
  • Cupid, Leicester Square – 1960s – R
  • Dauphin Club, George Street, Mayfair – 1970s
  • (The) Daybreak Club, 44 Gerrard Street, Soho – 1950s
  • Directors Club, Drummond Street, Soho – 1970s
  • Red Room, Panton Street, Piccadilly – Owner: Don Sparks – M R
  • Eagle Pub, Berwick Street – R
  • El Condor Club, 17 Wardour Street – 1950s (Later La Discotheque) – Owner: Peter Rachman – Manager: Raymond Nash
  • El Paradiso Club, Soho – Owner: Bernard Silver – 1970s. S
  • El Toro – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Eros Cinema, Piccadilly – 1960s – D R
  • Establishment Club, Soho – 1960s UC
  • (The) Feldman Swing Club, 100 Oxford Street – 1940s  (see The 100 Club)
  • Festival Club, 2 Brydges Place – Manager: Ted Rogers – M R
  • Fifty Club, 50 Frith Street –
  • Flamingo Club, 33-37 Wardour Street (renamed The Pink Flamingo) – 1960s
  • (The) French – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Gennaro’s, New Compton Street, Soho
  • Giaconda Cafe, 9 Denmark Street – R
  • (The) Goings On, Archer Street – 1960s
  • Golden Lion Pub, Dean Street (Denis Nielson drank here) – R
  • Granada Club, Berwick Street, Soho – 1960s – R
  • Happening 44, 44 Gerrard Street – 1950s – Owners: Paul Lincoln & Ray Hunton
  • (The) Harmony Inn, Archer Street, Soho – 1950s (open all hours cafe)
  • Haymarket Coffee House, Piccadilly – R
  • Heaven and Hell, Old Compton Street, Soho – 1950s – M E
  • (The) Humphrey Lyttelton Club, 100 Oxford Street – 1950s (see The 100 Club)
  • Huntsman’s Coffee Club, Berwick Street, Soho – 1960s – M G R
  • Isola Bella, Frith Street
  • (The) Jack of Clubs, Brewer Street, Soho – 1960s
  • Jade Garden, 15 Wardour Street, Soho – 1980s
  • Jazz Shows Jazz Club, 100 Oxford Street – 1950s (see The 100 Club)
  • Jeremy’s – R
  • King Creole Club – 1960s (formerly The Scene Club)
  • Kingly Club, 4 Kingly Court – 1960s (formerly Pinstripe Club)
  • King’s Head Dive Box, 48 Gerrard Street, Soho – 1950s – R
  • Kismet Club, Great Newport Street – D
  • La Discotheque, 17 Wardour Street, Soho – 1960s (formerly El Condor Club in 1950s) – Owner: Peter (Perec) Rachman, involved in Profumo affair. UC
  • La Poubelle, Poland Street – 1960s
  • La Roca – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Latin Quarter Club – 1970s, Wardour Street, Soho.
  • Las Vegas – 1950s – Beatnik
  • L’Echelle – 1960s – Earls Court Road. UC
  • Le Duce Club, D’Arblay Street, Soho – 1960s – Owners: Geoffrey Worthington & William Bryant – H R
  • Le Grande – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Le Kilt, Poland Street – 1960s
  • Le Macabre, Wardour Street – 1950s – Beatnik – Owner: Tony Mitchell
  • Les Cousins, 49 Greek Street – 1960s (formerly The Skiffle Cellar) – R
  • Les Enfants Terrible, 93 Dean Street – 1950s
  • Little Hut, Dean Street – 1970s – R
  • Limbo Club, Wardour Mews – Doorman: David Goorman, 1969 – Manager: Harold Bidney – R
  • Log Cabin, Wardour Street, Soho – Owner: Tony McCarthy – E
  • Londoner’s Club, 5 Earlham Street – D
  • (The) London Jazz Club, 100 Oxford Street – 1940s  (see The 100 Club)
  • Louise, 61 Poland Street (formerly Stud) – R
  • Lounge Club, Whitehall – G D
  • Macabre, 23 Mead Street – D
  • Majestic, Tottenham Court Road – 1960s – D
  • Mambo, Greek Street – 1960s – R
  • Marquee Club, 90 Wardour Street, Soho (originally at 165 Oxford Street then moved to Charing Cross Road in 1988) – 1960s onwards
  • Matelot, Panton Street – R
  • Melbray – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Mews Club, Duck Lane, Wardour Street, Soho – M D
  • Modernaires, Old Compton Street – Run by: Aggie Hill – R
  • Moka Coffee Bar, 29 Frith Street – 1950s-1972 (closed under strange circumstances) – R
  • Moonlight Club, Soho – 1990s
  • Mousehole Cafe, Swallow Street – R
  • Murray’s Cabaret Club, Gerrard Street, Soho – E R
  • Music Box, Panton Street, Soho – 1940s – Owner: Muriel Belcher – M R
  • No.9 Club, Old Compton Street, Soho – Run by: William Douglas & Emmanuel Attard, 1963. – G R
  • Odeon, Leicester Square – R
  • (The) Old Place, basement, 39 Gerrard Street – 1960s (formerly Ronnie Scott’s) – Managers: Ronnie Scott & Peter King
  • Oscar’s, 4 Greek Street, Soho – D R
  • Paint Box Club, 29 Foley Street – 1970s – D
  • Paul Raymond’s Revue Bar – Sunday nights had ‘All male revue – Call Us Mister‘ – R
  • Pelican Club, St Anne’s Court, Soho – 1960s
  • (The) Phoenix Club, Old Compton Street – 1960s
  • Phoenix Theatre Bar, Charing Cross Road – 1960s – D
  • (The) Picasso – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Piccadilly Club, Ham Yard (then became The Scene Club)
  • Pickwick Club, Great Newport Street – D
  • Pink Elephant, 8 Newport/Newton Place – D R
  • Pink Flamingo, Soho (previously Flamingo Club) – 1960s
  • (The) Pink Panther, Wardour Street, Soho – 1980s
  • Pinstripe Club, 4 Kingly Court – 1960s (Closed due to Profumo scandal.  Later became Kingly Club)
  • Playland Arcade, Piccadilly – R
  • Polar Bear Pub, Lisle Street – R
  • Pronto Bar, Piccadilly (next to Playland) – R
  • Queen’s Snack Bar, Frith Street, Soho – 1960s – R
  • Regent Palace Hotel, Glasshouse Street – 1960s – R
  • Regent Sounds Studio, 4 Denmark Street – 1960s
  • Rehearsal, Archer Street (opposite Rockingham Club) – D R
  • (The) Rembrandt Room, 47 Rupert Street – M R
  • Rink Club, Soho – R
  • (The) Roaring Twenties, Carnaby Street (formerly Sunset Club)
  • Rockingham Club, 9 Archer Street (Owner: Reg Kilduff, then sold to Toby Roe) – M D
  • Ronnie Scott’s, basement, 39 Gerrard Street (later moved to 47 Frith Street) – 1960s (became ‘The Old Place’)
  • Rose ‘n’ Dale Club, Newport Street, Soho
  • Roundabout, Orange Street – M D
  • Round House Pub, Wardour Street – D
  • Sam Widges – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Scene Club, Ham Yard off Great Windmill Street – Owner: Ronan O’Rahilly – had a South African bouncer called Lionel Blake (formerly Piccadilly Club, after became King Creole Club) – DJ: Guy Stevens – M D UC
  • (The) Skiffle Cellar, 49 Greek Street, Soho – 1950s (later became Les Cousins)
  • Snake Pit, Meard Street (All night cafe) – R
  • Sombreros Club, 142-144 Kensington High Street – R
  • (The) Spanish Club, illegal drinking club, Soho. Arson attack by John Thompson, 1981.
  • Spartan, Tachbrook Street – 1970s – D
  • Sphinx night club, Gerrard Street, Soho – Owners: Muriel Belcher & Dolly Mayers
  • St Anne’s, Discoteque basement of St Anne’s Church, Shaftesbury Ave – 1960s
  • St Germaine – 1960s
  • St Moritz Key Club, Wardour Street, Soho – 1960s
  • (The) Stockpot – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Stud, 61 Poland Street (then became Louise) – R
  • Studio 51, Great Newport Street (aka ‘The Studio) – 1950s
  • Subway, Leicester Square
  • Sunset Club, Carnaby Street – 1960s – Owner: Wilbert Augustus Campbell aka Count Suckle (Later became ‘The Roaring Twenties’) DJ: Duke Vin – Doorman: Charles Brown (landlord of murderer John Christie, 10 Rillington Place)
  • Take 4, Soho – D
  • Take Five, Berwick Street – 1960s- G R
  • Tiles Club, 79-89 Oxford Street – 1960s – DJs: Jeff Dexter & John Peel
  • Top of the Bill, 9 Wardour Street, Soho – 1980s – D
  • Top Ten, Berwick Street, Soho – 1950s
  • Toucan Club, 13 Gerrard Street – D R
  • Trident Recording Studios, 17 St Anne’s Court – 1960s
  • (The) Twenty One Club, 8 Chesterfield Gardens, Curzon Street – 1960s – Director: Harry Meadows
  • Universal – 1950s – Beatnik
  • Whisky-A-Go-Go, 1960s
  • White Bear Pub, Piccadilly – 1960s – R
  • White Horse Pub, Rupert Street, Soho – 1960s
  • Wimpy, Glasshouse Street – R
  • Windmill Club, Soho – S
  • Zambeki, Greek Street, Soho – R

References:

Blog post: Johnny Go Home, 1975

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5 thoughts on “THE SOHO CONNECTIONS: A-Z of Clubs, Pubs & other

  1. To add to your fine list of Soho clubs. Mid 60s there was a discoteque in the basement of St. Annes Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, W.1 called simply “St. Annes”. It was frequented by many foreign “au pair” girls specially French. It was run by a Frenchman called Jacque and his German wife. It had a great atmosphere and seems to have been forgotton now sadly

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  2. To add to your list the P.E.N club Duvall st Stepney my aunt Fay part owned it until she was witness to a murder and it says she disappeared in 1960 but we were in touch until her death in the 1990’s

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