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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

17th December 1983 Bomb attack on Harrod's war house in London, 5 killed, 94 injured

17th December 1942 Allies in London sentence German war criminals

17th December 1936 Singer Tommy Steele, born in Bermondsey, London.go to related location

17th December 1891 Born today: Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)

Murray's Cabaret Club



Murray's Cabaret Club

This is where Christine Keeler met Stephen Ward prior to Profumo

Location: 16-18 Beak Street, Soho

Description: This former club opened in 1933, an intimate Soho basement with space for 110 guests. In the 1960's it would be at the heart of the most enduring political scandal of our time.

Admission and membership was strictly controlled and was frequented by London's gangsters (Krays), celebrities (Jean Harlow), royalty (Princess Margaret) and the rich and famous who needed somewhere private to let their hair down. Murrays choreographed floorshows with attractive young hostesses wearing elaborate and revealing costumes.

Christine Keeler was a teenage runaway when she arrived in London and found a job here. She was befriended by the resident pimp Stephen Ward and she became one of 'Ward's Girls'. She was introduced later to John Profumo, the Conservative Government War Minister and Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, a Russian Spy masquerading as a businessman. Within days Ward began orchestrating meetings between Keeler and both men and she embarked on clandestine affairs with the Spy and the War Minister - an arrangement that would prove disastrous for them all. The Profumo Scandal was unleashed.

Times changed and more explicit strip clubs and peep shows opened, and in the face of such competition the club closed in 1975.

Pops Murray the owner died in 1979 aged 81.

Today it's a pizza parlour, bur you can still see the old staff entrance sign around the back.


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Murray's Cabaret Club

This is where Christine Keeler met Stephen Ward prior to Profumo


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