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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd March 1948 Born today: Musicals Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, in Kensington.
22nd March 1946 Born today: Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
22nd March 1928 Noel Coward's musical This Year of Grace, premieres in London
The Eve Club
The club where a Bishop ran off with a hostess.
Location: 3 New Burlington Street, Regent Street, W1S 2JF
Description: This is where the exclusive Eve Club used to be. It was opened by Helen & Jimmy O'Brien in 1953 and ran for 39 years; becoming the most discreetly daring establishment in London.
In a setting of plush opulence, maharajahs, business tycoons, diplomats, and politicians drank vintage Champagne with scantily-clad showgirls performing risqu floorshows.
Regulars included Earl Jellicoe, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Bishop of Southall, Aristotle Onassis and the Dukes of Devonshire and Norfolk but many didn't pass the strict suitability test including Christine Keeler.
Regular, Bishop of Southall, ran away with and eventually married a club hostess called Joy.
Famously journalists and photographers were banned!
It closed in 1992 but reopened as a famous party club with Suede, Blur and Pulp regulars.
Britpop group Menswear played their first gig here in 1994 and Pulp filmed the video for Disco 2000 here - remember the coloured squares on it's iconic dancefloor.