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59 Greek Street: Home of the Theatre Girl's Club, Soho, London

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From the Engine Shed HES, find out more about how this incredible structure was built and what the conservation challenges are today. The book provides a vivid account of life at the club, derived from first-hand accounts in letters sent to Catherine Howe, who herself once lived there. This is their story and that of the people who funded and managed 59 Greek Street from the 1880s onwards. We use cookies to collect information about how you use the Charity Commission Register of Charities and Digital Services, such as pages you visit.

Those words come near the end of this unusual book that explores a neglected topic: the capital’s hostels and places of refuge from its bleak and threatening streets. To some degree adopting the history-in- real-time genre of many TV documentaries, the author skilfully evokes the everyday lives of the building’s inhabitants. We just want to be a friendly record company," Elton told Danny Holloway in New Musical Express (17 February 1973).There’s that place behind the bookshelf, I’d said, referring to one of the many unmarked bars of Soho. For example, the cocktail bar behind the bookcase (which I did manage to get into in the end) – its proper name is The Vault, and it’s just below Milroy’s of Soho , the whisky specialist established in 1964 by brothers Jack and Wallace Milroy. But now, it’s positively floral in there: the Pillars has become “Bar Hercules” and has an actual cocktail menu. Comedy fans will note the plaque over Zebrano’s marking it as the site of the Establishment Club from 1961, run by “only twin” Peter Cook.

Asked how that went down with the regulars, Choat says it made no difference as they’re not the ones eating: “They come to drink and talk. In its last years it was functioning as a maison des estrange for the poor and friendless men of Soho. The series brings together women who have likely, at one point or another, been labeled a ‘bitch’, whether because of their beauty, success, independence, or self-assuredness. There was a time when Britain’s labouring people had thought they could drag themselves out of their dire condition alone, that socialism would prevail, but that had turned out to be an empty hope; the establishment held the cards and, slowly, was dealing them out. Soho has always been quite a dynamic, un-deodorised kind of place that welcomes creative oddities, but not bores,” says Choat.A section has fallen away and landed in the River Cocker below, including the back walls over three floors, sections of flooring and parts of the roof. The world of song and dance extended out from 59 Greek Street to provincial theatres and even to the ships that cruised the oceans. Nine flats will be let at affordable rents along with a three bed penthouse apartment for market letting.

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