Saturday, December 31, 2011

Everything Must Go-Go

Having splashed-the-cash across several of the kids' favourite ridiculously priced 'boutiques' (can we still use that word) in a post-Christmas mood of who-the-hell-cares-anyway-just-buy-until-the-card-stops-working, I managed to prise the clan away from the SalesFest and plotted a meadering course between Covent Garden and Oxford Street which, surprise ! surprise ! took us past several 'interesting' Beatles Spots (as described in the Beatles' London Book). Perhaps recognising the need to keep the Keeper-of-the-Wallet in a good mood (at least as far as Oxford Street) even they (them, the kids' et al) joined in a little Beatle Fun as we posed with imaginary ice creams bought from the imaginary Kontact Cafe (no. 24 Wardoor Street) and stood outside 27 Wardour Street - the previous home of Garner's restaurant, a Beatles' favourite place. Then next door at no. 29 we gazed tp the second floor where Dezo Hoffmann had his studio. Then top floor at no. 31 where the Beatles had their shirts made...then a quick step to no. 33-37 where the Whisky-A-Gogo stood. Now a very boring O'Neill's themed nightmare of make believe junk. By now the brief 'high' achieved through purchases of £40 t-shirts knocked down to an amazing £37 was wearing off and Beatle Fun was draining away at an alarming rate. But then Oxford Street was within spending distance and off the clan rushed spurred on by dreams of ... whatever....

Annotations to follow
29 Wardour Street - Dezo Hoffmann's Studio on second floor

24 Wardour Street - Kontact Cafe

31 Wardour Street - Star Shirt Makers on top floor

31 Wardour Street - Star Shirt Makers on top floor

33-37 Wardour Street - Flamingo Club

Broadwick Street 'Gentlemans' Club - did not hang around too long

And I found Trident Studios !

Open for tours at 16:30 !

But I have 3 kids in tow ! I will return...

Perhaps I could leave them somewhere for a few hours ????

15 Poland Street - Tony Calder Enterprises

5-6 Argyll Street - Nems Enterprises

363-367 Oxford Street - HMV and now infamous Footlocker

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