The interior is being designed by Nicola Fontanella of Argent Design and the staff uniforms are being designed by Julien Macdonald OBE. Genuine bikers mixed with hunky men who just liked leathers. A complete train was hired and we all tripped down to a waiting steamer which circled the island before depositing us back for the return journey.
Hi my name is Stephen and I stumbled upon your web site by chance having trying to find some information on Mrs Shufflewick whom I used to see regularly at the Black Cap and Vauxhall.
I was around the gay scene in London in my early twenties and can remember much of it.
Did you know about the Porchester Hall drag balls, the Giggolo restaurant in the Kings Road, the Bird Cage club at Chalk Farm tube station The Trade cinema in Berwick street upstairs was a sex shop down stairs they showed porn films, when the film ended you rang a bell downstairs and an assistant from upstairs would come down and put a new film on. The Premier Sauna was the only one in town based in Upper St martins Lane was converted into a hotel.
I remember the Biograph as I used to go on sunday afternoons the gays sat in the bottom left side ten rows, and troop off to the toilet walking infront of the screen, which invariably had Rock Hudson and Doris Day films playing.
The Biograph was owned for a time by the boxer Henry Cooper.
I met my first partner in the Biogrope as it was affectionately called.
The building is now a Gastro pub with the same name and the surrounding area is now all expensive apartments.
The other venue I used regularly on a Sunday evening was the Bull and Pump in Shoreditch High Street which had the same late licence as the LA.
Was always nusy especially on a Saturday night,with the postage stamp sized dancefloor heaving.
Have fond memories of witnessing a wet jock and apple bobbing contest in there.. Next was the legendary North London club Bolts @ Lazers on Green Lanes near Turnpike Lane.
"Traffic" just of York Way in Kings Cross was another great but fairly short lived basement nightclub that was good for a cruisey Saturday night it was under some shops if I remember rightly.