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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st July 1964 Tottenham Hotspur's Scottish striker John White is killed by lightning playing golf in North London.
21st July 1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
21st July 1884 The First Test was held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
21st July 1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London
21st July 1863 Born today: C[harles] Aubrey Smith, London England, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
Once a club that everybody wanted to be seen at
Location: 46 Charles Street, W1J 5EJ
Description: Siegi Sessler was one of London's most famous restaurateurs and club owners of the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Having started club life after the Second World War, he was eventually, in 1950, to open Siegi's Club, in the heart of London's Mayfair, at 46, Charles Street.
Well known to be the 'home from home' for Hollywood stars Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Crosby, Niven, Brando, Monroe, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman and Elizabeth Taylor.
It was also the place where studio moguls, producers and directors forged their deals, often under Siegi's watchful eye and Prime Ministers mixed with shipping magnates, sportsmen enjoyed the mutual admiration of singers and authors and artists, mixing seamlessly with Royalty and the not so royal.
Keith Richards, in his autobiography, 'Life, whilst talking about his brother Freddie, writes...
'Fred's brother Siegi, the only other surviving member of his family of seven children, was in Paris at the Sorbonne when the Germans invaded Poland. He joined the Polish army and later managed to get to England. Freddie joined him in London after the war. Siegi became a famous club owner and restaurateur, co-owner of Les Ambassadeurs, which quickly became a hangout for four-star generals and Hollywood stars who came to entertain US troops. When he opened Siegi's Club in Charles Street, Mayfair, in 1950, he'd become personal friends with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan and Bing Crosby. It became the hangout of Princess Margaret, the Aga Khan and the like. So Siegi (and by proxy Freddie) who knew Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, were very well connected. It served Freddie well on at least two occasions I know of...'