Finally picked up my copy of
The Colony Room Club 1948 - 2008
A History of Bohemian Soho by Sophie Parkin
Ive got a few pictures in it, including one of Sophie's mum, Molly. It's a brilliant book, coffee table size, excellent repro and looks fantastic, Sophie should be very proud
If you want a copy it costs a paltry £30 and can be bought HERE
"You escaped the afternoon sunshine by a sudden turn into a dark passage and up narrow stairs;
you went through a door and into a small crowded room with sickly green walls plastered in paintings and old photographs. The place was always smoky, the carpet always sticky and the clientele always sloshed. A low voice of high camp would greet you with, “Hello c***y!”
This was the famous Colony Room Club, in Soho’s Dean Street, once the capital of British bohemia, whose doors opened in 1948 and shut in 2008. It provided the longest-running, and some would say, the best party in British history — “a bizarre cocktail party, hosted by Jean Genet and Albert Steptoe”, wrote the satirist Craig Brown. Gossip and insults were exchanged; lifelong friendships were made and broken."