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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th January 1899 Born today: Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice)
17th January 1886 Born today: Ronald Firbank, London, novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot)
17th January 1775 R B Sheridan's Rivals, premieres in London
17th January 1670 Highwayman Claude Duval found guilty of 6 robberies and sentenced to death.
A Disco for the Swinging Sixties
The Best Disco Ever - according to Sir Michael Caine
Location: 7 Leicester Place, off Leicester Square, WC2H
Description: Indeed, this marks the spot - 7 Leicester Place - the entrance to what was, for a relatively short period in the mid-60s, the Ad Lib club.
The club itself was up on the 4th floor, overlooking the adjacent Lisle Street. Apparently the interior wes all panelled wood, low tables, chandeliers, dark, anonymous, musical policy - exclusively soul/blues/r&b.
Strictly for the 'movers' and the 'shakers', the Beatles had their own table, and the Ad Lib was one of the relatively few places that John felt he could go without being unduly bothered.
Michael Caine was a big fan and according to him it was the 'best disco ever' - and that's coming from Alfie.
What a shame it had to close!
Tagged in this Tour: Sir Michael Caine's London