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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
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...'