Over very own DIY nightclub heritage trail

Over very own DIY nightclub heritage trail. All photos Tom Kihl/ Stephen Emms/ © London Belongs To Me Ltd

It’s fair to say we were overwhelmed with the outpouring of emotion after last Friday’s feature on Lost London Nightclubs – not to mention the hundreds of thousands of views. It only confirms the huge significance that these establishments hold to so many people.

And many of you suggested – like Paul Oakenfold a decade earlier – that the buildings’ heritage needs to be celebrated.

So what better way to underline this cultural importance than a blue plaque? The famous ceramic discs that celebrate our most notable playwrights, actors and scientists?

The End AKA 1

And yup, that’s exactly what we’ve done. We called our mate, the artist Alban Low, and together knocked up five unique Kentishtowner plaques to commemorate these legendary party palaces with the cheeky reverence they deserve. For quotes, we selected the best lines from Tom’s original feature last week.

Said plaques in hand, we flew around town this afternoon armed with a ‘telescopic’ window-cleaning pole to ensure they were posted at the correct height.

Find out how we got on over the next few pages…

Words & Photographs: Tom Kihl & Stephen Emms
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  1. jab
    13th November 2014 at 9:37 am —

    Nations, four aces, shenolas, oasis classic venues

  2. gemma gee
    5th August 2014 at 1:53 am —

    Leisure Lounge, Hanover Grand, Samantha’s Discotheque, Hombre De Bahia, The Gardening Club, I could go on…wicked times..all these sites deserve a wee bit of recognition

  3. Colin
    22nd June 2014 at 4:37 pm —

    I was Peach member number 102.
    We had sliver membership cards.
    Cafe de Paris was the best venue.
    It was a big family, every week the same people would greet me with hugs. B-)

    Peas pie pudding superman
    These sounds fall into my mind.

    Then Bagleys. Brilliant place. Loads of rooms and the big stage where I used to dance.
    When you were really “dancing” we’d stand at the edge and hundreds in the room would follow is.
    You’d come up like a bitch amd dance til u naerly died.

    Also techno night at 414 club brixton.
    240bpm :-B

  4. sian
    28th May 2014 at 10:32 pm —

    Will Hidden get 1?

    • Kentishtowner
      29th May 2014 at 10:18 am —

      Watch this space Sian!

  5. Soodesh
    1st February 2014 at 2:27 am —

    Have to add it was the home to many hazy acid raves between ’87 – ’89 and later evolved into jungle and ended as a deep house club.

  6. Soodesh
    1st February 2014 at 2:21 am —

    How about Shenola’s in Hackney (later Belair, i think the last incarnation was Powerhouse). Now makes up part of the Olympic site.

  7. polly
    16th May 2013 at 1:01 pm —

    What about Labyrinth or Four Aces in Dalston Lane ??? Now tower blocks.

  8. Steven Hammerton
    22nd March 2013 at 7:49 am —

    Kings Cross redevelopment has suggested a competition to name some of the new roads around the area. how about a nod to what once was.. i’ve gone with Cross Street and Bagleys Way http://www.kingscross.co.uk/street-naming-competition

  9. John (delboy)
    20th March 2013 at 1:25 am —

    I agree about leisure lounge!!! Was one of the most legendary clubs I went to… Peach was stand out!!!…..

  10. sheloveslondon
    8th March 2013 at 11:48 am —

    Used to regularly go to Bagleys (those yellow bars around the stage could just be seen in your previous article – brought back some memories!) in the early 00’s. Weirdly, when I go to Kings Cross now the area is so different that I can’t even place where Bagleys / The Cross would have been. Only that the Filling Station was where we used to stock up on food for the journey home. I posted this on my FB page the other week, it’s a video of people exploring the inside of Bagleys. Lost is indeed the word. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=334531926646376&set=a.242618522504384.40459.202456749853895&type=1

  11. Stephen Hall
    7th March 2013 at 8:43 pm —

    Great idea, I would like to see one at the old ‘Leisure Lounge’ site in Holborn. Great nights.

  12. Caspar
    7th March 2013 at 6:29 pm —

    could do without the kentishtowner.co.uk at the top of the plaques

  13. Dash
    7th March 2013 at 12:14 pm —

    Love this, but ‘The End’s’ plaque has already been removed. Cycled past this morning 🙁

  14. whyohwhyohwhy
    7th March 2013 at 12:00 am —

    That’s utterly brilliant Tom.

  15. RP
    6th March 2013 at 9:20 pm —

    Superdrug used to be a Waterstones…

    Velvet Rooms was on the next block up, the building is not there any more.

    • Eamonn amendogg hannon
      6th March 2013 at 10:00 pm —

      Need a club dog plaque outside the sir George robey
      This became Megadog who helped get the nascent rave scene out of the studio and out playing live

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