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The Scotch of St James'
A Louis Brown, Lennie Bloom club of great fame and said to have seen Jimi Hendrix' London debut. Maybe
I was never that keen on the place to be honest - but it got friendlier when Claude Francois was on the bar.
Adrian  Hi
This is a new section covering clubs that haven't got one of their own. I will expand even on these few entries given time.

2015-07-20-12:34:31

Marianne Zargar (Nee Furhagen)  The Scotch was a "gentleman's" club for a while about 1971 with topless waitresses. When I worked there a guy called Brian was managing it. (I already knew him from when he managed Lulu's in Kensington) I was so hopeless that after putting me in several roles including DJ and receptionist he finally lost his patience and sacked me! Poor man. (Well, in my defence I was only about 16) One day the Vice Squad raided us and all the waitresses had to scurry behind the bar as the licence did not permit them to be topless outside the bar. I think they all made it in the nick of time (pardon the pun : the nick!?!)

2015-07-23-20:37:19

Adrian  I remember the topless period because a Tahitian friend of mine went to work there and asked me why I never came. There was no good answer so I went over one night to say hello and was to say the least merrily greeted by my friend and her perfect and large tits! It was actually a bit embarrassing and when she introduced me to her friend, equally topless with equally fine breasts I felt decided ill at ease - not so much for seeing their fine accomplishments but at the incongruity of the situation.

2015-07-24-00:30:19

Vibeke / Vibi  I'm glad that The Scotch is here also, as it was quite an important 'In place' in the sixties. Since I left London in August 1969 I don't recall anything about the topless waitresses. I remember The Scotch as a fantastic place, with a great atmosphere, lots of exciting people around. The Beatles and others had their own table there, there were fantastic concerts and gigs with all sorts of musicians jamming. Great parties were held there. I occacionally was DJ'ing there, and I remember that Steve Knight also worked there for a while. I shall have a look in my photos and scraps one of these days and see if I can contribute with some more stuff from The Scotch of St James'.

2015-07-24-20:27:55

Steve Knight  Yes I worked at the Scotch from it's opening in July 1965 as the downstairs barman. Joe Duyts was orchestrating the opening for Louis and he assured me that eventually it would be the number one club in London and I would earn so much I could give up my day job. The rule of the club was that we could only close once the last customer left and that frequently meant with some couple snogging in a dark corner that we were there until 4 am or later and even with the application of dry ice to my eyelids to keep my eyes open it was tough when I had to get up at 8 am for the day job. Even though Louis paid us an initial retainer of 8 pounds a week the first couple of months didn't produce much income so I went back to my 4 nights a week at Le Kilt. Probably should have stayed at the Scotch because eventually it really did take off. Opening night at the Scotch was really crazy with all Louis' invited celebrity guests on free drinks and open Danish sandwiches prepared by a guy named Andy. We also had two outstanding musicians there, Alan Haven on organ and I think the drummer was named Tony Price. Note from the web that the club reopened last year and maybe next time I'm in London I'll make a "memory lane" visit.

2015-08-18-12:36:29

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The Scotch of St James'

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Cy Laurie's
The cellar location is the same as for the Scene (see below) but the entrance was from Great Windmill Street and not Ham Yard.
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Cy Laurie's
I found this description:

One of the earliest jazz clubs in the UK was run by the clarinetist Cy Laurie. Born in London in 1926, Cy was an admirer of New Orleans clarinet player Johnny Dodds and would claim to be the reincarnation of Dodds, even though Dodds was alive while Cy was a teenager.

Cy had previously run a small weekly club at the Seven Stars in Bow, but in the early 1950s he started up the club for which he would become so well known. Cy Laurie's Jazz Club became a focal point for live traditional jazz for most of the decade and was renowned particularly for its all-night raves.

The club was in the basement of 41 Great Windmill Street opposite the Windmill Theatre in London's West End. During the day the space was used as Mac’s Rehearsal Rooms. Many jazz musicians used the rehearsal rooms at that time - if you were living in a flat or a bed-sit, you needed somewhere to practise or rehearse to avoid disturbing the neighbours. There was a nightclub on the ground floor and a boxing gymnasium on the first floor. An obituary for Cy Laurie in the Daily Telegraph newspaper describes the setting as: ‘Dark and intimate, with a dance floor surrounded by dilapidated sofas, these premises held an irresistible bohemian appeal for the young people from the suburbs who flocked to the club’s “all-nite raves"’.

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La Discothèque
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La Discothèque

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jon f  This was circa 1964 /5More popular with the rowdier Mods about the same time as The Whisky a go go was with the NW London crowd. It was at the southern end of Wardour St across from the Swiss Centre. Can't remember having gone in as le Centre Charles Peguy was just a stone throw away

2015-08-18-16:16:43

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LES COUSINS at 49 Greek Street was one of the most important and influential venues of the folk music boom of the 1960s.

DIANA MATHEOU remembers listening to Donovan and chatting with Cat Stevens.

WHEN LOUKAS and Margaret Matheou took out a lease on the ground and basement floors of 49, Greek Street they were unaware that an iconic club would be born under their care.

The Soho Grill opened in 1960, offering classic French cuisine, and in 1964 a manager was employed to start Les Cousins in the basement. The intention was to follow the trend of other French discotheques springing up in Soho.

Trevor  Went to see Jackson C Frank there in the late 60s or early 70s, and Richie Havens, I think. Also Bert Jansch and John Renbourne. My friends and I never knew if the name of the club was French or it was owned by a chap called Les whose surname was Cousins.

2015-11-03-12:26:15

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Lulu's of Kensington
Another Louis Brown, Lennie Bloom club. I think we all visited at one time or another - but once again not a favourite of mine. Can't remember who worked there - definitely people we knew though.
Marianne Zargar (Nee Furhagen)  As I virtually lived there for a large part of my youth (it was easy staggering distance from my parents' flat) I shall reel off the names of people I remember working there. Milan Stankovic from Yugoslavia (as it was) and like a big brother to me managed it about 1971/72. I am afraid he committed suicide around 1980. His good friend Nino Petrovic worked as doorman/barman (not at the same time!) Nino was married to the actress Linda Marlowe at one point (great "fringe" actress, currently in Eastenders) Then there was Grace and her husband Bill in the cloakroom (both Scots). A Greek guy, George Havalias and his girlfriend Gaye ran the restaurant there around 1976. Richard O'Connor had the lease or something to do with it. I was once banned for being underage but got past Richard at the door the next evening by donning a wig and different clothes and pretending to be a Spanish tourist. He told me later he hadn't a clue it was me. If anyone remembers Milan I have some photos which I might be able to persuade my daughter to put on the site (I am hopeless) PS There was a friend of mine called Freddie who I met when he was a member of the (notorious) Process "cult" in Mayfair and who told fortunes under his Process name of Mordred at a little table on the upper level of Lulu's.

2015-07-23-20:59:34

Tony Engleman   Hi Marianne, I remember Ann Chapman and her mum, find me on facebook please,

2015-11-03-07:40:31

Joanna Gardner  Can you give me any info on Lennie Bloom? My husband was a distant relative of a girl called Jackie Mc Donald Smith. She died in a car crash. But she was top secretary for lennie Bloom!

2015-11-03-09:25:56

Adrian  Only really knew him professionally as Louis Brown's partner. He liked to be accompanied by very tall bimbos who often were much smarter than he was. As far as I know he financed Louis with money from his mother. Came across as very miserly and not terribly happy man. Others may be able to add more.

2015-11-03-10:14:02

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Lulu's

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Ronnie Scott's
This is a picture of the "new" club on Frith Street.

The club opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street in London's Soho district. It was managed by musicians Ronnie Scott and Pete King. In 1965 it moved to a larger venue nearby at 47 Frith Street. The original venue continued in operation as the "Old Place" until the lease ran out in 1967, and was used for performances by the up-and-coming generation of musicians.

Lorraine Michelle  Loved it. The first person I saw there was Georgie Fame, and the last was Paolo Conte a few years back.

2015-07-20-12:38:19

Pasquale Marioni  hi Lorraine, i saw "young" Georgie there last November i think, still a superb singer and clubber

2015-07-20-12:47:12

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The Marquee
At its "new" address on Wardour Street having moved from Oxford Street.
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The Marquee
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The Marquee

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The Scene
Ham Yard and home to the faces. Suppose it was the centre of the mod scene.

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Jon F  Heavy duty Mod place, Blue Beat hats and scooters in the yard outside.

2015-09-30-19:47:12

jon F  Definitely a more heavy duty Mod Club. Blue Beat hats and scooters in the yard outside where amphetamines were swallowed like Smarties to keep awake until the first train on Sunday morning.

2015-09-30-19:49:47

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