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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.
Once an all-round super club where Jimi Hendrix first played
Location: 3 Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 2HR
Description: The Dorsia exclusive members club opened here in Spring 2011, but was the Firehouse for 10 years previous, and a variety of other club's until you reach the late Sixties when it was the famous The Cromwellian.
In 1964 this former dodgy gambling den was bought by Soho coffee shop entrepreneur Tony Mitchell who christened it The Cromwellian. After an inauspicious start 4 well known wretsler's bought into the club with him.
These heavyweights, were Paul Lincoln (Doctor Death), Judo Al Hayes (The White Angel), Bob Anthony Archer (Wrestling Beatle) and (Rebel) Ray Hunter.
The 3-story club became a casino, bar and discotheque and was soon one of the top clubs for celebrity nightowls.
On the first floor was the casino after two dice-tables were originally on the ground floor until a Molotov Cocktail was thrown through the window. On the ground floor was The Armoury Bar or Harry's Bar, run by flamboyant bartender Harry Heart.
But it was down in the music gig basement that the big names were playing: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Elton John's Bluesology, The Nightimers, Brian Augers Steampacket, Eric Burden, Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, The Drifters, Patti LaBelle & The Blue Bells, Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, Chris Barber, even Sonny Boy Williamson.
It was the first place that Jimi Hendrix played in London, jamming Hey Joe.
Other names to be seen here included Margot Fonteyn and the Royal Ballet, Brian Epstein, Movie stars Clint Walker, Lee Marvin, Ryan ONeal, Jane Asher, Jayne Mansfield, and Sean Connery.
Tagged in this Tour: Jimi Hendrix's London