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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th February 1993 West Ham legend Bobby Moore passed away in Putney, London.go to related location

24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.go to related location

24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.

24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.

24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)

24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.

24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.go to related location

The Establishment



The Establishment

This is where Peter Cook's Establishment club was based.

Location: 18 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DS

Description: Anarchic comedian Peter Cook and Nicholas Luard were co-proprietors of Private Eye magazine and of the Establishment Club which was based here, where they were known as Peter Crook and Nicholas Lewd.

The club was launched in Soho - at 18 Greek Street - in October 1961, and the same month Luard succeeded Andrew Osmond as the 2nd Lord Gnome, as the Eye's proprietor is known, moving the magazine from Neal Street to 22 Greek Street.

The club offered satirical revue on the lines of Beyond the Fringe, in which Cook had triumphed at the Edinburgh Festival the year before, and Dudley Moore was in charge of the music. Subscription was two guineas per annum, and at the club's peak it had 11,338 members, who included Graham Greene, J B Priestley, Trevor Howard and Yehudi Menuhin.

The joke of the club's name was that its ethos was anti-Establishment.

The club gave them the opportunity to present fellow comedians in a nightclub setting, including the controversial American Lenny Bruce. Cook befriended Australian comedian and actor Barry Humphries, who began his British career at the club, and Dudley Moore's acclaimed jazz trio (which included Australian-born drummer Chris Karan) played there regularly for many years during the 1960s.

In 1962, the BBC commissioned a pilot for a television series of satirical sketches based on The Establishment Club.

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The Establishment

This is where Peter Cook's Establishment club was based.


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Was there an answer to Richard Arnolds question above regarding if there was a gaming room at the Establishment Club? Would be interested to know. (Clint)
Posted by Clint on 2011-10-04
Does anyone know if there was a gaming room at the original establishment, I have a collection of probably roulette chips/plaques marked The Establishment. (richard arnold)
Posted by richard arnold on 2009-05-12
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