London’s Lost Nightclubs Get Blue Plaques

These buildings’ heritage needs to be celebrated! Which is what we did the other day. Without getting caught (just)…

Velvet Rooms

Floating in the spot once occupied by the doors to a cherished little nightclub
Floating in the spot once occupied by the doors to a cherished little nightclub
On Charing Cross Road, Superdrug’s security were keeping more than a beady eye on us as we attempted to slap the plaque above the former entrance to the Velvet Rooms. We got it a bit wonky – oops – and drew more than the odd glance from exiting customers. Yikes.

It didn't last for long, but respectful honour was paid before security arrived with the stepladder
It didn’t last for long, but respectful honour was paid (before security arrived with the stepladder)


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  • RP

    Superdrug used to be a Waterstones…

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

    • Eamonn amendogg hannon

      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

  • whyohwhyohwhy

    That’s utterly brilliant Tom.

  • Dash

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

  • Caspar

    could do without the at the top of the plaques

  • Stephen Hall

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

  • sheloveslondon

    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.

  • John (delboy)

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

  • Steven Hammerton

    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

  • polly

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

  • Soodesh

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

  • Soodesh

    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.

  • sian

    Will Hidden get 1?

  • Colin

    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

  • gemma gee

    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

  • jab

    Nations, four aces, shenolas, oasis classic venues