Mods, Delinquency and the Green Bowler Cafe

  According to the poet Philip Larkin “Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me) – Between the end of the Chatterley ban And the Beatles’ first LP.” (Philip Larkin) It may have been a bit late for Larkin but it was rather early for me. In 1963 I was 12…

Living the Bohemian Student Dream in 1960s Paris

I love to find a good Paris photo story that I haven’t seen before, and this one that I found buried in Life magazine’s archives is a quite a treat. Veteran photographer for the magazine Loomis Dean followed a group of young students in 1961, getting an intimate peek into their lives as they pursued…

Heaven and Hell Coffee Lounge in Soho, W1 |Eric Lindsay

This is a brilliant blog post about the Heaven and Hell Coffee Bar in Soho written by it’s founder Eric Lindsay (link at end). Sadly not with us anymore. Check it out!! Ray Jackson and I opened Heaven and Hell in late 1955. I had the idea from when I had been working in Paris, where…

The Cy Laurie Club and The Harmony Inn, Soho (1950s Greasy Spoon)

This is an account of the Harmony which was an all night cafe in Soho. It is famous for being the meeting place of the earliest modern jazz musicians in England as well as some of the most dubious “wide-boys” and gangsters of London! The late 50s was the height of the English traditional jazz…