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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th March 1945 Last German V-2 (buzz bomb) attack on London

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28th March 1858 The original Chelsea toll & suspension bridge designed by Thomas Page was opened.

The Pheasantry



The Pheasantry

This is where Eric Clapton used to live when he was in Cream.

Location: 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4UT

Description: The Pheasantry is an historic Georgian building originally used to raise pheasants for the royal household. It's had many distinguised residents including Australian artist Martin Sharp, Augustus John and Annigoni.

Famous ballerina Serafima Alexandrovna Astafieva opened her school here on the first floor in 1916 (her son Slava married a pupil). She taught prima ballerinas Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn here.

It was also the home of Eleanor Thornton, thought to have been the model for The Spirit of Ecstasy mascots on the bonnets of Rolls Royce cars.

Dylan Thomas used to drink here when it was a club in the 1930's.

In 1976 the six-year campaign to save The Pheasantry from dereliction reached a peak. Under the patronage of Sir John Betjeman, [whose photo you see on the left] the Friends of The Pheasantry wanted the building restored with residential studios, an art gallery, and exhibition space. They were not successful in preventing the adjoining development, but the front and gateway of the Pheasantry survived, heavily restored, as part of the rebuilding of 1971-81, forming a restaurant hemmed in by shops and offices.

The Pheasantry nightclub was the venue for early UK gigs by Lou Reed, Queen (band) and Hawkwind, among others, and was the place where singer Yvonne Elliman was discovered by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, leading to her role in the original soundtrack recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Eric Clapton lived on the top floor in the late 1960's. In his latest autobiography he tells of visits from George Harrison where they would take acid and write songs. On one occasion Eric narrowly avoided arrest on drug charges by fleeing out of the back of the building just as Sergeant Norman Pilcher, a detective with a knack for arresting rock stars, buzzed the intercom with 'postman, special delivery' and burst in.

It now houses Pizza Express on the ground floor.


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The Pheasantry

This is where Eric Clapton used to live when he was in Cream.


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1969-1972, I was the drummer in the original Heatwave group and we played The Pheasantry Club, with Alex as DJ, almost every month. http://www.heatwave.n.nu (Martin Samuel)
Posted by Martin Samuel on 2012-04-12
Jonathan Routh, the hero of Candid Camera, lived here in the 1950s when he first married. I often visited the Rouths at that time. (Richard Lubbock)
Posted by Richard Lubbock on 2010-09-26
My mother was a cleaner here when sterling (cant remember other name) owned it - approximately 42yrs ago - my mother still talks about these times - she is 83 and very active and came from down the Kings Road, Chelsea Manor Street - very interesting to hear all about the kings road at that time (shirley Ryan)
Posted by shirley Ryan on 2008-07-18
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