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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)...

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?

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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

17 thoughts on “London’s Lost Nightclubs Get Blue Plaques”

    1. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

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17 thoughts on “London’s Lost Nightclubs Get Blue Plaques”

    1. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

Leave a Comment

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