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Kings Road Swinging Sixties

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 'The Kings Road' is just one of several Sixties City articles and pages that examine the birthplace of the 'Swinging Sixties' in London
The map is a stylised representation of the area and is not intended to show the precise relative positioning or sizing of premises

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oin me for a walk down the Kings Road, with the help of a few explanatory and educational side notes on historic buildings, occupants, the ubiquitous boutiques and many other features you may have come across if you had been there at some time during the Sixties. Property prices, especially at the east end of the road, soared during the 50s and 60s. A shoe shop worth £4,500 in 1950 was worth £30,000 in 1967 and £45,000 in 1969!
Where a name or blank location appears on the map without accompanying text, no other information is currently available - unless you would like to add some by sending me some of your memories, and maybe even pictures! I'm grateful for all observations or comments!

A few notes first, to assist and explain the layout:
The road runs roughly east to west geographically, to the west of central London, but has been presented here in a vertical (north/south) format for ease of display. In other words, the river Thames is on the right! The relative positioning of roads and known existing locations are fairly accurate but the numbering and spacing of the 'in-between' locations (especially where they no longer exist!)
may be slightly shaky as I have had to extrapolate likely locations and numbering sequences from old photos. Indeed, there are blocks of numbers that have not existed since well prior to the Sixties, presumably due to various remodelling that has gone on over the years, and many individual buildings have been 'knocked together', but I've done the best I can with it for now and am relying on you for more solid first-hand information or possibly images, if you have them. The maps themselves are created in small blocks that can be pasted together to form a single image, if you want to take the trouble, as they are all to the same scale. The accompanying text is not necessarily near the relevant location on the map due to the strange disparity in numbering between the even (North) and odd-numbered sides. I have placed it in numerical order so that you can find the reference more easily.

For the most part, the map is presented as a sort of 'hybrid', due to the large amount of remodelling work that was carried out, particularly towards the end of the decade, especially around the 'World's End' area. Roads or locations shown in red no longer exist. Roads or areas shown in light green are of more recent construction and did not exist in the Sixties but have been shown to help you orientate yourself against the current layout, as have the blue buildings and areas which show current or recent occupancy.

Lastly - there are many, many linked images! As you move the cursor over the map you can click on buildings or areas to see relevant images - please be aware that some image links are placed very close together, so take care to ensure you don't miss any!

A few of the images may cover multiple locations, where they all clearly appear in a single picture. Where additional or alternative images are available, these can be found in highlighted links in the text relevant to the location number, as can relevant information about the location.

The images themselves have all been searched out, and are available, from other sites on the internet - I do not hold the copyright for any of them. I have merely collected them together in an ordered fashion for your interest. I do, however, retain the copyright for the map graphics themselves. If you have any issues with the use of the photographs here, or want to use the map graphics elsewhere, please contact me. This has been a rather time-consuming but enjoyable and informative exercise for me - I do hope you enjoy looking around and that they bring back some interesting memories for you.

If you can help...... Locations and information required for Osborne & Little, wallpaper, 1968.    Also for 'King's' (see image)
 and 'Chelsea Pet Stores' (see image)

2-32 Peter Jones 1906: Occupying this site, but with an address listed as 'Sloane Square', is the Peter Jones department store, a business that began as a drapery store on Draycott Avenue (then Marlborough Road). It grew to occupy 26 premises on the Kings Road and was rebuilt as one department store in the 1880s when it was one of the first stores in the country to be lit by electricity. Purchased by John Lewis in 1906, it was rebuilt in the 1930s in its current style and is now a Grade II listed building.
Early 20th Century   Sloane Square 1912  

11 Buzzy's Bistro 1962: No information      27 The Patio: Boutique (early 70s, possibly 1960s)      29 - 31 Boots: No information. In 1965 No.31 was occupied by the legal offices of Charles Alfred Leat who oversaw the liquidation of Copydex.

33 Whitelands: The area known as 'Whitelands' housed a girls' boarding school from 1772 until 1841 when it became a teacher training college. The establishment moved to Putney in 1930 and the building was briefly occupied by Oswald Moseley and his black-shirted British Union of Fascists (including 'Lord Haw Haw') as a 'barracks', during which time it became known locally as 'The Black House'. The building was demolished and replaced by flats in 1935.

The row of businesses on the ground floor at 33 were sub-numbered A,B,C etc.
33A Lloyd's Bank   33B   SW3

33C Joseph at Salon 33
1962 - Joseph Ettedgui moved from Casablanca to London with his brother Maurice in 1960 to train as a hairdresser. In 1962 they opened a hairdressing salon (Salon 33) in King's Road and their brother Franklin joined them in 1964. In a 1989 interview Joseph said: “I really wanted to be an architect but I'm terribly impatient. I decided to take a course in hairdressing and I loved it; I loved the way you could transform someone in two hours". Joseph Ettedgui began travelling to Paris to see the ready-to-wear collections, leading to a meeting and early business association with Japanese designer Kenzo Takada. He began to sell Kenzo sweaters in Salon 33, and in 1972 the first Joseph clothes store opened underneath the hairdressing premises.

33D  Don Luigi's Restaurant
1966: No information     33E Anschel (G.Anschel) c.1967 Craft jewellery and fashion accessories (SMART 1970s)

34 Blacklands
: The area known as 'Blacklands' formed part of the estate of Charles Cheyne, 1st Viscount Newhaven, who purchased the manor of Chelsea and Chelsea Place with the dowry of his wife, Lady Jane Cheyne, in 1657. Blacklands comprised about 90 acres and prior to c.1770 was mostly open grazing land described as '... a lonely place where a cow keeper tended the commoners' cattle'.
A report from 1729 stated 'On Sunday morning last, about 8 o'clock, Mr. Rogers of Chelsea, crossing the common in order to go to Kensington, was knocked down by two footpads who robbed him of his money and beat him in a barbarous manner and then made off across the fields towards Little Chelsea'. The name is perpetuated in the adjacent Blacklands Terrace. 8-9 Blacklands Terrace was used as a location in the film 'Blow-Up'.

35 Starbucks c.1969?   36 'Men' (?)    37 - 47  Safeways c.1969? 38-42 Sidney Smith: Clothing store - now a yoga, swimwear and sports apparel specialist.     

44 Ravel Studio
46 Cecil Gee: Founded in 1851, and now part of Moss Bros, the company opened its first store in King Street in Covent Garden.

48 Nose (wine bar)  /  Smithy's Gang Shop

The road was originally part of a 1681 plan by Sir Christopher Wren to connect the Royal Hospital with Kensington Palace, but never got any further than the King's Road. Previously known as 'Chestnut Walk' and later 'White Stiles' became Royal Avenue in 1875. Road access onto King's Road was closed in 1970.

49 Chelsea Drugstore 1968: The Chelsea Drugstore opened in 1968, replacing the 'White Hart' public house', and was a three-floor 'chrome and neon' complex styled on 'Le Drugstore' on Boulevard St. Germain in Paris. With areas to eat and drink, dance and shop, it contained a soda fountain on the second floor, news stands, record stores, boutiques and (of course) a chemist. It was open sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, and at one time offered a service where purple catsuit-clad girls on motorcycles delivered purchases. It rapidly became one of the road's top venues.
The inside of the store can be seen as it was in 1972 in the film 'Clockwork Orange' as the 'Musik Bootick'. The original pub, The White Hart, can be seen in Joseph Losey's 1963 film 'The Servant'. (also featured is the Thomas Crapper showroom directly opposite).
Pressure from local residents forced its closure in May 1971 and although a similar venture ('Harlequin Arcade') opened later, it failed to emulate the success of the original. It was later renovated first as a pub, then as housing, and has more recently been taken over by a McDonalds restaurant.

50 Chelsea Cobbler 1967: A British shoe brand and outlet founded by Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins.

52 Unique: Boutique - no other information. Jean Machine occupied the premises in 1976.

55 Topper: "This boutique has a beautifully cool interior in weird purply shades".  (Previously, or subsequently 'Andrews')

56 F.W. Woolworth
  56B 'Unique' (Eric Shemilt c.1967?)

57 Zeev Aram & Associates and Aram Designs Ltd: Zeev Aram opened his first showroom in 1964 at 57 Kings Road, a tiny showroom with an open slot cut into the window for mail. Bright, white, stainless steel designs by Marcel Breuer, Castiglioni and Scarpa and the self-designed Dino storage system. 1966 Introduced designs by Le Corbusier, P. Jeanneret and C. Perriand in 1966 and designed the Altra table system in 1967. Introduced the 'Action Office One' from Herman Miller (designed by G. Nelson and R. Props) in 1968. Closed 1973

58 Russell & Bromley no information         59 c.1960s Wagstaff                   Wellington Square Area - Old Map

65 I Was Lord Kitchener's Thing
1968: Also see 164.      67 ?...Meat, Poultry, Provisions (c.1968)      69 Take Six boutique (c.1969)

69A Nora Bradley
shop (c.1972)      70 Colville Wine Stores (Dolcis c.1970)  71  ?...Chelsea groceries (c.1967)

72 The Colville Tavern
c.1856 Lord John 1969: Previously the Colville Tavern public house, which closed in 1969, was named after Colville's Flower Nursery that occupied the site in the 18th century. The 'Lord John' chain was started by brothers Warren and David Gold who opened two boutiques on Carnaby Street in 1964, supplying Mod fashions. By 1970, the Gold brothers owned eight boutiques and expanded this to thirty during the early Seventies.

73 C.L. Pearson & Co (c.1967)     
74 Guys'n'Dolls c.1976: A coffee / kebab / sandwich bar.      75 Unknown Shop - see image (c.1967)

76-78 Blake's of Chelsea 1967: No information. Ravel's (1969) : Ravel's shoes, now at 128.
      77 Empty Lot c.1967 now Charles II Place

80 Kenco Coffee House (Kenco after 1962). The Kenya Coffee Company Limited was founded in 1923 by a co-operative of retired white Kenyan coffee growers. L.C. Gibbs and C.S. Baines began selling coffee from a shop in Vere Street, Mayfair, and moved to 30 Sloane Street as demand increased, next door to a food merchants called John Gardiner. After World War II, Tom Kelly, a Gardiner employee, persuaded the company to buy the Kenya Coffee Company and he expanded the chain, opening 11 coffee shops including the one in Kings Road.
These may well have been the first branded high street coffee shop in the UK. In the 1960s, the cafes were thriving, selling not only coffee but all sorts of cakes as well. Tom Kelly also acquired the rights to sell Gaggia espresso machines which they sold to other coffee bars. In 1962 the company changed its name to Kenco. It was in the Kenco coffee shop that Radio Caroline's Ronan O'Rahilly and photographer friend Chris Moore first discussed the possibility of radio broadcasting from an offshore ship.

81 Jean Junction 1976: Also see 161.   82 Mates 1967: One of the Irvine Sellar boutique chain.    83 T.Carmichael wallpaper & paints : Downtown boutique

84 Fifth Avenue
Boutique   86 House of Bewlay: Tobacconist   87 Orange Julius Cafe

85-87 The Great Gear Trading Company / Great Gear Market: Tom Salter, who ran the 'Gear' boutique in Carnaby Street, was also involved in the GreatGear Market that housed a number of establishments including, at various times, fashion 'shops' such as Marx, Tik and Tok's clothing shop, an outlet of 'Boy', Reflections restaurant and the Antenna hairdressers. A feature of the premises was a DJ booth 'cage' manned by drummer Rusty Egan. The Japanese fashion designer Yamamoto presented a fashion show there in May 1971 prompting David Bowie to ask him to design his costumes for the 'Aladdin Sane' shows. Jon Baker opened a fashion shop there called Axiom, in 1978, the same year as Stargazer started there. Entrances and numbers of 83-87 somewhat confused over this period.

88 Just Looking Nov 1967: Lots of mirrors and loud music inhabited this boutique which, like the Drugstore, was designed by architects Garnett Cloughley Blakemore (who also designed the revolving restaurant at the top of the Post Office Tower).

89 Blueberry Hill 1970: Boutique - Also see 303.

90 Chelsea Girl 1967: In 1948, Bernard Lewis was selling fruit & veg and knitting wool from a bomb site in the East End. Working with his three brothers, the business moved into clothing and, by 1965, was operating 70 stores under the name 'Lewis Separates'.
On deciding that the business needed 're-branding' it became 'Chelsea Girl' as the Kings Road was at the centre of UK fashion and popular culture at the time. It became the first real fashion 'boutique' chain with its use of bold colours and imagery, along with music, to reinforce the brand name. The menswear side, called Concept Man, was started in 1982 and this was merged with Chelsea Girl in 1988 to become River Island.

91 The Unity Restaurant 1950s: No information.     92 Susan Handbags 1960s: No information     94 London Steak House 1960s: No information.     

95 Marco Polo
Restaurant1961: No information.

97 The Squire Shop: A late Sixties boutique owned by Jeff Kwintner. Kwintner was also the owner of a chain of 16 menswear shops, 'Village Gate' which, at one time, was selling 3,000 suits a week.

98 The Chelsea Kitchen 1962 - 2006: The restaurant was established in the late Fifties - certainly by the very early Sixties, as part of the 'StockPot' chain and was popular with stars such as The Rolling Stones and George Best. It was not an 'elite' establishment, but served 'good fresh home-made food at good prices'. It closed in 2006 and was reopened in 2009 at 451 Fulham Road by the son of the original owner.

100 Sketchley's Cleaners: Later moved to186a.     99-101 Entrance to small Industrial Unit area (see aerial images here at

103 BRS Parcels
(c.1958) Carvil c.1968: A clothes shop / boutique operating in 1968. At- No other information.

104 Garbo / John Michael 1967: Garbo - boutique - operating c.1966 - no information. John Michael - boutique - see 170.

105 H.J.Tilson & Sons (?) Pawnbrokers (?) Images available from the map show different establishments. Neither shop name can be seen clearly.
The curved shop windows pictured still exist.

106-108 Kleptomania 1966: Boutique - also see 164.

107 Club dell'Aretusa 1967 - 1970: This was an elite establishment and allegedly the location of John Lennon's first public appearance with Yoko Ono at the pre-launch party for Apple Tailoring, held on 22nd May 1968. In 1967 Alvaro Maccioni had teamed up with Enzo Apicella and Mino Parlanti to open the large, members-only bar / restaurant / discotheque. A double-page spread in the Evening Standard asked "Are you one of the beautiful people? Simple test: Can you get in to the dell'Aretusa?". The establishment attracted diners such as Princess Margaret, Sammy Davis Jr, David Bailey and Twiggy.

109 (1091/2) Kweens Mini-Store 1960s: Boutique. Anne Sutherland, who worked there in 1967/1968 has kindly provided the following information: "I applied for a job from an advertisement in The Times newspaper. It read 'Wanted - super secretary for super job with super clothes'. I got the job and started work in the attic as secretary to Mr. Frank Federer and Mr. Henry Keith who owned a clothing manufacturing company based in Bolsover Street called 'Keith Federer' which traded with the 'Kweens' label. On the ground floor of the shop was a retail space and a door to a stock room.

The second floor comprised the directors' offices and an empty floor space for modelling the clothes for prospective buyers. All the garments sold in the shop had the 'Kweens' label and were sold to independent boutiques all over the country. There was a garment called 'Pan Pan' which consisted of a very short dress with round neck and cap sleeves. Hundreds of these, in different colours, were produced and the factory worked flat out. They were very popular.
I shared the attic office with an accountant/book keeper who was constantly trying to keep the books straight as any new boutiques buying goods from us without the correct references had to pay in cash and, more often than not, Henry would put the money in his shirt top pocket and forget he had it so invoices went out for goods that had already been paid for.

I was expected to work long hours. Often, just as I was going home an extra letter or two were found for dictation and, when Henry discovered my train got me to the office half an hour early, he quickly utilised it. If he had a client in the showroom and no one else was available I had to find time to model the clothes too! There were two or three assistants in the shop and I believe a Mr. Mendoza was stockroom manager. A Mr. Paul Leader was the Sales Representative. The back window of my office overlooked the Club dell'Aretusa but I only remember seeing Twiggy pushing a lettuce around her plate and Lionel Bart.

The Chelsea Permanent Building Society, later Chelsea Building Society, was founded in 1875. In 1934 new offices on 3 floors were opened. From 1966 the Society's administrative headquarters were based in Streatham, with the registered office at 110 Kings Road.

The Shop
1964: 'The Shop' was a 'girls boutique' jointly owned by photographer Terence Donovan and designer Maurice Jeffery, providing inexpensive but exclusive trouser suits, skirts and floral coats and accessories which were designed and made on the premises. Apparently there was a wart hog skull in the changing room......!

RADNOR WALK 52 Quorum 1964 - 1969: Just off the Kings Road, at 52 Radnor Walk, designer Alice Pollock opened Quorum in 1964, to be joined in 1965 by Ossie Clark and his future wife Celia Birtwell, who designed fashions and fabrics respectively. The boutique was well-known for its extravagant fashion shows, usually attended by celebrities such as The Beatles. David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) was a delivery driver for Quorum for a while. In 1969, Alfred Radley became a partner in the business in 1969 and Clark started designing for Radley as well as Quorum. The business was bought out by Radley in 1969.

115 G. Jones & Sons
c.1957 / Wine Growers Association                116 Just Men 1964: Shirt Shop appended to the store in Tryon Street.

TRYON STREET 7-9 Just Men 1964: Owned by banking family brothers Lionel and Brian Abel-Smith and managed by Charles Schuller. Suede and leather suits, sweaters, flared trousers and tailored suits. This shop also had an in-house hairdresser. Tryon Street was originally called Keppel Street and was renamed in 1913 after Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.

117-119 The Commercial Tavern
1842 The Chelsea Potter 1955: The area around a detached house called Manor House, sited between Little's Nursery and Shawfield Street, was turned into The New Vauxhall and Royal Bath Gardens, a tea and recreation garden by Richard Smith in about 1836. This was superseded in 1838 by the Royal Manor House Theatre, which only lasted 3 years. The house eventually became the Chelsea Literary and Scientific Institution. 'The Commercial Tavern' public house and Radnor Walk were built on the site in 1842. The tavern was renamed 'The Chelsea Potter' in 1958 in commemoration of ceramics artist William Frend de Morgan who founded the Chelsea Art Pottery in 1872.

120 Thomas Crapper 1907 - 1966 Laura Ashley 1966: T.Elliott & Sons:
Until 1966, the premises of Thomas Crapper, the WC manufacturer, originally started in Marlborough Road (now Draycott Avenue) in 1861 and moving here in 1907.
It became a 'Laura Ashley' outlet in 1966, although the first shop actually under the Laura Ashley name opened in Pelham Street, South Kensington, in 1968. The company originally made furnishing materials in the 1950s under the name 'Bernard Ashley' and expanded into clothing design and manufacture in the 1960s.

121 Green & London General Ironmongers & Builders Merchant c.1957

122 Michael's Man Boutique: No other information.      123 / 123A Victoria Wine / Kendall & Sons c.1969: Builders and decorators.

124 The Magic Carpet Inn (1950s) Alvaro's 1966 - 1970: Alvaro Maccioni's highly exclusive restaurant - the first one ever to go ex-directory. London Life: "The name Alvaro is whispered from the studios of showbiz to the courts of royalty". He went on to open and run 'La Famiglia'. Look of London cover December 1967

125 Alex Strickland c.1969: Peter Gurling advises: This was a record shop and part of the chain named Soho Records which was owned by Mr Alex Strickland. He had branches all over London, but mainly in the West End and two in the City on Cheapside and London Wall. In the late 60s I managed the one in London Wall for a time, and my brother managed the Cheapside branch.

126 Stop The Shop 1968: 'Stop the Shop' opened in mid-June 1968 with a ground floor occupied by three 'revolves', one 20 ft in diameter and two smaller ones each 5ft.The all black interior of the shop was accessed via two peripheral ramps, one leading to the main sales floor area ( raised about 18 inches above ground level ) and the other to the lower level where the roughly circular space was dominated by the central support column of the upper 'revolve', surrounded by an octagonal mirror arrangement.

The large 'revolve' rotated at less than 0.5 rpm although it was possible to turn it considerably faster. Unsuspecting customers stepping onto it were likely to stumble, an event that was keenly awaited by onlookers watching through the curved glass facade. Two rotating display windows on either side of the main frontage ran somewhat faster and the rotating 'Stop the Shop' sign on the perimeter of each gave considerable movement to the whole elevation.

The mannequins that formed the main display were sited on the central axis and appeared to rotate more slowly, giving the impression of customers seeming to be orbiting a static display. 'Stop the Shop', therefore, did not have anything in its window except people. There were occasional problems with loading and a dozen people crammed onto one side of the platform could bring the 'revolve' to a halt due to the safety mechanism installed by The Bolton Turntable company, its designers and manufacturers. The black interior was lit only by movable spotlights, some with colour effects, and the walls and floors were carpeted in charcoal grey Wilton.

The small, carpeted changing rooms were rotating semi-cylinders and the facetted mirrors lining the entrance ramps gave the effect of customers leaving the shop splitting into multiple people walking away in different directions. These optical effects were designed by Garnett, Cloughley and Blakemore who also did work on other Kings Road outlets. The site was taken over by Italian fashion house 'Fiorucci' in 1975, establishing them in London, with the store sporting roller skating ramps.

127 Picasso Coffee Bar 1958: The Picasso first opened in 1958 and was frequented by the likes of Michael Caine and Terence Stamp during the Sixties. David Hemmings was also a regular visitor during the filming of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 film 'Blow-Up'. The Picasso survived until February 2014 when it finally closed, apparently boasting the same internal decor as it had when it opened.

128 Fantasie Coffee Bar 1955: The Fantasie, one of the first coffee bars in London outside of Soho, was opened at the start of 1955 by ex-solicitor Archie McNair, who lived in the rooms above where he also operated a photographic studio which had among its users one Tony Armstrong-Jones, who was later to marry Princess Margaret and become Lord Snowdon. McNair had previously asked Mary Quant and Alexander Plunket Greene to help him start up the coffee bar but they declined as they thought that coffee bars were a passing fad and it wouldn't be successful. In the event, it became one of 'the' places to be if you were to become one of 'The Chelsea Set'. It was in the Fantasie that the three of them originally planned the opening of Mary's 'Bazaar' boutique. Like the Soho clubs it had live music and one of the regular acts was The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group. In 1998 the premises became the site of the first Starbucks to be opened in Britain.

129 ? Newsagent   130 ? Print Shop (c.1956)
   131 Dollond & Aitchison Opticians (1967)

131 - 141 Antiquarius
c.1920: The 'Antiquarius' building was originally a billiard hall, a fine example of Arts and Crafts architecture, built in the 1920s by the Temperance Movement. Along with the adjoining Chelsea Garage, a new garage at 15 Flood Street built in 1919 and disguised to look like an 'olde English' inn, it became home to a number of fashion boutiques and a conglomeration of antique dealers' outlets during the 1960s until recently, when the entire building was let to Anthropologie, the US fashion chain. In 1961 a planning application was made for 'use of the billiards hall at the rear of 131/141 King's Road as a studio, rehearsal rooms scenery store and for the general use of Granada TV network' but no record seems to exist showing that this was ever used by Granada. At various times, different companies were listed as 'occupying' one of the 'numbers' in the 131-141 sequence.

132 Bally Boutique c.1969                  Old Bywater Street junction

134 Glass & Black
Reported to have been a large, spacious boutique with a fish pond, or tank, dominating the centre of the shop.      Beatons c.1969

135 Top Gear 1965 (front of Antiquarius): Previously a travel agent's, TopGear opened at 135 in 1965 and was owned by hat designer James Wedge and model Pat Booth. It featured shiny black walls and scaffolding for clothes hangers, with the back wall covered by a huge mirror surrounded by light bulbs. It was an influential shop that Biba's Barbara Hulanicki is reported as being "most envious of". It had a reputation for selling 'Mod' clothing to the 'rich and influential' and the 'Mod' image was characterised by an eye-catching bullseye on its front canopy and carrier bags, a logo later much popularised by 'Mod' group 'The Who'.James Wedge recounted: "I did most of the buying.

There was a shoe designer who I think was at college (Moya Bowler) whose shoes sold very well. There were people who did crochet dresses, very simple little straight dresses with short sleeves and square necks in gold and silver metallic fabric and they were all knitted on home knitting machines. They used to go very well. I had one woman who used to come in with a little packet of six hand-knitted sweaters and they used to sell very well, they were angora. But we didn't have any out factories or anything like that. Foale and Tuffin were our biggest suppliers".

135 Acme Attractions 1974 (downstairs in Antiquarius): Initially inspired by Malcolm McLaren's 'Let It Rock' boutique in 1974, John Krevine and Stephane Raynor opened a multi-vendor outlet called Acme Attractions in the basement of the Antiquarius building. The store was managed by Don Letts who said that Acme was selling "... electric-blue zoot suits and jukeboxes, and pumping dub reggae all day long". Acme was frequented by artists such as The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Deborah Harry and Bob Marley.
Raynor recalled: ''The basement went mad. Before we knew it we had complaints from the people upstairs about the thugs coming in. The entrance to us was by a pipe shop. On Saturday mornings the queue came out on the street and the guy from the pipe shop wouldn't have any of it, but there was nothing he could do. It became a shrine, almost. People got married there ...". They closed Acme in 1977 to create the 'Boy' clothing outlet upstairs, concentrating on 'punk' fashions.

135 David Fielden 1978 (downstairs in Antiquarius): Clothing outlet.      135 The Purple Shop (downstairs in Antiquarius): Jewellery and art-deco items. No other information.

137 Countdown c.1965 - 1971 (front of Antiquarius): Next door to TopGear, and also owned by James Wedge and Pat Booth. this boutique had cork-covered walls with moody lighting and regular customers included The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It was also famous for stocking the 'breast shirt', the design of which was based on a photo of Pat Booth taken by Wedge. This was an outlet for Tuffin and Foale's clothes.
"...on Saturdays there was always a Rolling Stone. Mick Jagger did a concert in Hyde Park and he wore a dress, a little white dress I think it was, and he got that from Countdown, and Marianne Faithful used to be in there on a regular basis. All the 'people' used to hang out there. There were people who used to come and buy and there used to be a hell of a lot of people who came to steal and we lost so much stuff. That was why, in the end, I felt it was time to get out".

138 The Markham Arms 1856 - 1991: Public house, now a branch of Santander.

138a Bazaar and Alexander's 1955 - 1969: In November 1955 Mary Quant, Archie McNair and Alexander Plunket-Greene bought the freehold of the basement and ground floor of Markham House, formerly The Markham Pharmacy, on the corner of Markham Square, for £8,000. The shop was an immediate success, largely due to the fact that their inexperience had them selling their clothes and accessories too cheaply, not only affecting their profits but also annoying other local retail outlets, a 'mistake' that was quickly rectified, but not before the boutique had gained a significant reputation. The basement of the building initially housed a coffee bar / jazz club called 'Alexander's'. After some of her designs were featured in Harper's Bazaar and purchased by an American manufacturer, Quant concentrated on designing and making more of the clothes she sold rather than buying the stock in.

Although Quant is acclaimed as the person who 'invented' the mini skirt, it is more factual to say that she popularised the description after allegedly naming her short creations after her favourite car, even though the term had previously been used as early as 1920, by the Daily Express and other newspapers, to describe the (relatively) short skirts of the time. In her 1966 first autobiography 'Quant by Quant', the term 'mini-skirt' isn't mentioned at all. She is also credited with either 'inventing' or popularising the accompanying coloured or patterned tights and, later in the decade, the 'hot pants' fashion craze. "We were in at the beginning of a tremendous renaissance in fashion. It was not happening because of us. It was simply that, as things turned out, we were a part of it".

139 Ladies Wear: Clothes shop - no other information

FLOOD STREET 1-11 Chelsea Manor Studios 1902: The studios opened in 1902 and, from 22nd July 1966, was'home' to the photographer Michael Cooper, who occupied Studio 4 on the rear ground floor. On 30th March 1967 the photographic montage for the sleeve of The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album was put together at Studio 4. Wax figures from Madame Tussaud's and other collage items were used along with the live subjects and the actual cover was a painting of that photograph. Cooper died young, in 1972, when the studio became a 'beauty school' and it was converted for commercial and residential use in 2002.

143 Kiki Byrne (143 & 145 Jaeger since c. 1966) Contemporary to Mary Quant's 'Bazaar' through which some of Kiki's early designs were sold. Owned by Kiki Byrne and her partner, graphic designer Robert Brownjohn, and frequented by Susannah York and Grace Coddington. Byrne was known for very simple, youthful little black dresses and unfussy suits made with good quality fabrics in neutral tones. Some of her designs were worn by Cathy McGowan on the TV music show Ready Steady Go! She also created the golden bikini worn by Margaret Nolan in the title sequence of the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.

146 Topper
1960s: Shoe Shop

148 The Electric Theatre 1913 Classic Cinema: The Electric Theatre (one of London's first purpose-built cinemas), was built in 1913 by the London & Provincial Electric Theatre Company at 148 Kings Road on the corner of Markham Street. It was designed by Felix Joubert, who also made miniature furniture in his premises in The Pheasantry, next door. The frontage on the corner included a sales outlet called Clare's
This site was previously occupied by Box farm, from 1686 to 1899. Later known as the Classic Cinema, it was closed in 1973 and re-opened with live shows but was eventually demolished in 1978 and replaced by a branch of Boots.

149 Quincy Jones > Sen chinese herbs > L'Eto cafe - no other information    151 Ricci Hair Stylists (early 1970s) no other information

152 The Pheasantry 1769: The Pheasantry is an historic Georgian building built in 1769. In 1865 it was occupied by a game dealer named Samuel Baker who raised pheasants for the royal household, hence the name. The façade and entrance arch were added in 1881. During the early 1900s it was inhabited by Eleanor Thornton, the favourite model of artist and sculptor Charles Sykes and she is believed to have been the model for his most famous work, the Rolls Royce mascot 'Spirit of Ecstasy'. By the 1920s and '30s its rooms contained the studio of dance teacher Serafina Astafieva, who taught prima ballerinas Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn.

The ground floor and basement was a members-only club from 1932 until 1966 when the then owner Mario Cazzini died. After this the ground floors became a nightclub that survived into the 1970s and was where singer Yvonne Elliman was discovered by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, leading to her role in the recording of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. Post-war the upper building was let in apartments and famous residents have included Eric Clapton, journalist Martin Sharp (editor of 'Oz'), Germaine Greer (who wrote 'The Female Eunuch' there), film maker Philippe Mora, artist Tim Whidborne, Clive James, writer Anthony Haden-Guest and rock/pop photographer Robert Whitaker who was responsible for the controversial 'butcher' photo used on the original cover of the Beatles' album Yesterday & Today. The Pheasantry was redeveloped after 1971 and currently houses shops, apartments and a pizza restaurant.

154 Sandro's Cellar            159  ?..utton & Co shoe shop c.1967

161 Dandie Fashions October 1966 became Apple Tailoring May 1968 The Rag Machine c.1972: Dandie was originally opened in December 1966, in South Kensington, and was owned jointly by Tara Browne and John Crittle with associates Alan Holston, Neil Winterbottom and Freddie Hornik. Fashions and tailoring was supplied by Foster & Tara, a business Tara Browne had set up with Pops and Cliff Foster, a father and son team.

Dandie moved to 161 King's Road at the beginning of 1967, by which time Tara Browne had been killed in the high profile car accident. The external mural decoration was carried out by BEV (Binder, Edwards and Vaughn) and was where The Beatles bought many of their clothes. The establishment also had a psychedelic multi-coloured Bentley, used to transport important customers to various clubs and party venues around London, that was commissioned from BEV at the same time as the shop front. Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie were also big customers and it was Dandie that supplied Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' outfit. Note: The shop and clothing labels were, at various times, named 'Dandie' or 'Dandy'.

Apple Tailoring (Civil and Theatrical): From Thursday 23rd May 1968 the premises were 'shared' with The Beatles' Apple Corporation, to become their second 'boutique' outlet, that closed within a year. Apple's Neil Aspinall and company accountant Stephen Maltz became directors of Dandie as part of this agreement. The short-lived business was run by 25 year-old Australian John Crittle and had a hairdressing salon in the basement run by Leslie Cavendish.

The Rag Machine: See 163. These premises are now occupied by Proud Galleries with an excellent display of rock & roll, fashion and pop culture photography.

162 Kleptomania 1966/7      I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet 1967: Tommy Roberts, along with his wife Mary and his new business partner Charlie Simpson opened the original Kleptomania on 10 Kingly Street, Soho, in 1966. The Kings Road branches at 164 and 106 were added shortly afterwards, but were short-lived as Roberts moved on to open 'Mr Freedom' at 430 in 1968/9. Kleptomania handled Paul reeves fashion designs under the label name 'Sam Pig In Love'.

Tommy Roberts: "In the style of 'Granny's' decor, the interior of Kleptomania's back room was repainted in purple and magenta and enhanced by the addition of an ultraviolet light surrounded by antique shawls gathered across the ceiling. ...... a hi-fi (allowed customers to) appreciate the aural pleasures of Love, The Mothers Of Invention and the Velvet Underground". "Kleptomania metamorphosed into an incense-filled, 'hippified' haven". "Any customer coming through the door and 'spoiling the vibes' was felt to be an inconsiderate nuisance".

The original 'I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet' was opened by Ian Fisk and John Paul at 293 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, in 1966. In the summer of 1967 Fisk and Paul dissolved their partnership. Fisk took sole ownership of the premises, which became the Injun Dog head-shop (subtitled 'Once I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet'). Paul and new partner Ian Richardson, managing director David Morgan and manager Robert Orbach opened a new branch of 'IWLKV' in Foubert's Place, Soho, selling militaria and Swinging London novelty items. In 1968 Paul added two more, in Carnaby Street and Wardour Street, and soon expanded to sites in Piccadilly Circus and in the Kings Road (on the corner of Jubilee Place), where the shop superseded Kleptomania, and another branch sited at number 65 that was called 'I Was Lord Kitchener's Thing'.

Robert Orbach: "The name 'I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet' was thought up by Ian Fisk just because we sold Victoriana. It conjured up images of Edwardian smoking jackets, top hats and canes and Birdcage Walk on Sunday - pure nostalgia".
"In about 1967 we took over Kleptomania on the Kings Road, so we were now operating in both streets. Carnaby Street was really run by working class people. The upper middle class Cambridge crowd were all in the Kings Road and they didn't like us working class heroes. For a while the Kings Road did better than Carnaby Street. There were rope barriers down the centre of the shop to direct people towards the cashier. The till was going all day long".

163 Jean Junction c.1972: Jean Machine was a chain of stores selling jeans, founded in 1971 by Tony Lonsdale, nicknamed the 'Blue Jean King'. He brought jeans over from California and, after initial resistance from local wholesalers, set up a shop on the King's Road. He originally set up The Pant House in Hornton Street, Kensington, before adding The Rag Machine and The Jean Machine next door to each other at 161 and 163. Shortly after that, The Pant House also opened nearby in the King's Road.

165 - 179
Chelsea Old Town Hall 1886 to 1965 Chelsea Register Office 1978
Dating from 1886, the Register Office in the Old Town Hall holds the records for all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that have taken place within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since July 1837.
It ceased to be the local town hall in 1965 when Chelsea amalgamated with Kensington and became the Register Office when 250 closed in 1978. It is now a venue for all manner of concerts, fashion shows and fairs. It was the venue for John and Yoko's media launch of The Plastic Ono Band on 3rd July 1969.

164 - 166 Lloyds Bank
- No information      164 - 174 wide view

168 All Kinds
- Jan Curtis advises: All Kinds traded from the late 60s to the mid 70s. It was owned by David Pratt and sold very modern boutique menswear.
Many famous customers shopped there including The Four Tops, The Temptations, and many famous footballers. My husband served Tony Curtis and sold him a jacket. When they released the musical Hair a group of nude women ran down the Kings Road and some came into the shop. The alterations to the clothes sold in the shop were done by Freddie Burretti, the famous designer for David Bowie, who became a good friend of my husband. He worked in a tailors above one of the shops near Take Six.

170 John Michael 1957 - 1968: John Michael Ingram's boutique was one of the earliest on Kings Road, opening in 1957, only two years after Mary Quant's 'Bazaar' and were one of the original retailers of the style that was to become 'Mod'. He also opened 'Sportique', in Soho, situated right next to the 2i's coffee bar in Old Compton Street. He built the business into a public company by 1965 and by the following year he had opened 17 shops with a head office on Savile Row. He subsequently started an export business, selling his lines to the JC Penney chain in America and later went on to design clothes for TV personalities, including Patrick McGoohan in the cult TV series 'The Prisoner'.
Later 'Guy' (1968?)

172 Choy's Chinese Restaurant
1952 - 2013: No other information       174 Strides        176 Miss Chelsea

180 - 182 The Chelsea Electric Palace: The Eleusis club had a lease of numbers 180 and 182 that expired in 1902. The Chelsea Electric Palace was operating here prior to 1910, through to at least 1914, advertising pictures and variety shows. It had disappeared from listings by 1918.

181 - 183/a Chelsea Arts Club / Chenil Art Galleries / Decca Studios: 181 was the home of Chelsea Arts Club for a while in 1903. The Chenil Art Galleries next to the Town Hall were built on the site of Charles Chenil's art material shop in 1906 by Jack Knewstub. Augustus John had a studio there in 1910, as did Roger Fry and Eric Gill. David Bomberg held his first show there in 1914. The club moved to 143 Old Church Street in 1922 to be replaced by The New Chenil Galleries, a rebuilding of the premises to include the adjoining building.

It opened in 1925 and in 1926 David Barbirolli conducted a chamber orchestra there. Knewstub's art business went into receivership in 1927. The last documented exhibition was held there in 1926. The building was sold at auction and became Decca's first recording studio between 1929 and 1936. It was acquired by the local council in 1947 for retail and later became an antiques market, then a toy shop. It had fallen into disuse by 2008 and in 2010 redevelopment began on a new residential and retail scheme.

184 C.Ashby & Sons (Electrical Engineers) 185 Girl c.1970: Boutique - no information     186a Sketchleys      193 Steinberg & Tolkein -Theatrical costumiers (1993 - 2007)

194 - 198 Tankard & Smith:
This was a long-established petrol service garage, also dealing in classic cars, and was a supplier of service vehicles to London Transport. Still operational in the early Sixties, the exact closure date of the Kings Road site is unknown. The London Gazette lists Tankard and Smith (Shepherds Bush) Limited, Motor Traders, as going into liquidation in October 1962. The site is now a Waitrose store.

195 - 197 Six Bells 1722: The Six Bells public house is known to have been licensed to a John Westerbone as early as 1722. The site contained a tea garden with arbours and little summer-houses in the 1820s and sported a bowling green (a club with 65 members) in 1895. The building was reconstructed in its Tudor style in 1900, at which time a mammoth's tooth weighing 16 lbs and measuring 15" by 12" was excavated.

In the winter of 1958 the 'Wally Fawkes Troglodytes' jazz band had to move from their residency in Piccadilly and settled into the Six Bells as their new 'home'. Fawkes was not only a talented and well-known jazz musician, associated with George Melly and George Chisholm, but also a cartoonist who was the creator of the 'Flook' character featured in a strip in the Daily Mail in the Sixties. He ran 'Trog's Jazz Club' for many years in the Six Bells upstairs rooms, which also had 'blues' evenings on Thursdays featuring artists such as Zoot Money, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond and others.

Renamed in the 1970s, 'The Birds Nest' was one of the Watney's pubs bearing this name that represented a new concept in entertainment. Watney's combined a pub with a discotheque and an innovative system of telephone tables where customers could dial for food and drink. Two hundred and fifty people attended the launch party including Simon Dee, Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth. Here the theme was Bavarian. Watneys engaged German architect, Thomas Gehrig, who had designed the interiors of bars and clubs in Germany, Italy and the USA. The aim was to appeal to an international clientele. It still existed as one of the Henry J. Beans bar / restaurant chain until its recent closure.

200 - 204 The Lord Nelson
1806 The Trafalgar 1970: The Lord Nelson public house was first established here in 1806/7 and was rebuilt in 1933. In 1970 the pub's name was changed to 'The Trafalgar' and it operated as a kind of 'discotheque with a fairground'. The 'opening' ceremony saw film stars Julie Ege and George Lazenby pulling the 'first pint'. It is now owned by Mitchells and Butler and incorporates a brasserie.
205 Tom Salter's Cafe: Owned by Tom Salter who operated the 'Gear' boutique chain, the cafe later became a wine bar (Pucci Pizza) and in 1975 was the venue for a gig by a group (called either The Strand or The Swankers) who, after some personnel changes, were to become The Sex Pistols some months later.

201 HIS clothes (?)

206 - 208 The Gaumont Palace 1934. The Odeon 1963: The current building that includes the Curzon cinema is built on the site originally occupied by the studio of film pioneer William Friese-Greene, whose image can be seen on a bas relief on front of the building.
The Gaumont Palace opened on the site on 8th December 1934 with 2,502 seats and a 150 seat restaurant with its own entrance. It was modernised in 1960 and re-named the Odeon in 1963 before closing in 1972. Part of the site was converted into the Habitat store now at 208 and a new Odeon cinema seating 739 was opened at 206 in September 1973, closing again in November 1981. After lying fallow for two years film distributors Artificial Eye took it over, re-naming it the Chelsea Cinema for its re-opening it on 15th September 1983. The cinema was taken over by the Curzon group in 2006. Sir Terence Conran opened the first Habitat store at 77 Fulham Road in 1964, later moving the 'flagship' store to its current location and is now one of the brand's only remaining premises. INSIDE

210 - 222 Kings Road These numbers are untraceable and do not currently exist but it is most likely that they were swallowed up by the 'footprint of the cinema.

211 Argyll House 1723: The oldest houses still existing in the Kings Road can be seen at 211-217, the oldest of which is Argyll House, designed and built by Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni for John Perrin in 1723. The house is named after the Duke of Argyll who bought it in 1769. It was occupied by society hostess Lady Sibyl Colefax from 1922 to 1937 at whose soirees it is alleged that the future Edward VIII was introduced to Wallis Simpson.

213 - 215
c.1725: These houses were added later in the 1720s. 213 was occupied in the 1930s by noted society interior designer Syrie Maugham (a daughter of Thomas) and, from 1948 to 1978, 'Third Man' and 'Oliver!' film director Sir Carol Reed whose occupation is commemorated by a blue plaque. Judy Garland and her family rented the house in 1960. Dr. Thomas Arne, the composer of 'Rule Britannia', lived at 215 during the 18th century and the premises were later occupied by acclaimed actress Ellen Terry from 1904 to 1920 and, more recently, Peter Ustinov.

217 Kings Road 1750: This house was originally occupied by James Hutton, one of the founders of the Moravian Church.     The following (219 - 231) are somewhat confused as to their numbering:

219 Millers of Chelsea
(Tiger Tiger c.1976)    221 The Loose Rein (restaurant / wine bar)    223 - 227 Do not appear to exist, although buildings are contiguous at this point in time (due to earlier demolition? This parade housed the road's oldest shops)

229 Albert King
(antiques dealer?)     231
J. Middleton (art dealer?)    (c.1976 '229 - 231' was occupied by Antique Clothing) See pictures to understand confusion)

232 Old Post and Sorting Office
: The building at 232 King's Road was converted and extended c.2007 to provide affordable housing, accessed from the King's Road to the side of the retained shop.

232 - 242 Chelsea Palace of Varieties 1903 Granada TV Studio 10 1957-1966:
Previously occupied by Wilkinson Sword's Oakley Works, where guns and swords were made, the building was replaced by the Chelsea Palace of Varieties (a music hall theatre designed by Wylson and Long and built by contractor C.T. Kearly) which opened on the 13th April 1903. It seated 2,524 on two levels, stalls and pit, and a box gallery. By 1923 it was also being used as a cinema but was sold in 1925 to Variety Theatres Consolidated after which, until it closed in March 1957, it reverted to live performances only. During 1956 the Palace hosted a Radio Luxembourg talent contest which was won four weeks in a row by Fantasie coffee bar regulars Chas McDevitt's Skiffle Group. It was during this competition that Chas met 20 year-old Glaswegian singer Anne Wilson, performing under the stage name Nancy Whiskey. Together they recorded 'Freight Train' which became a hit on both sides of the pond and the success it brought allowed Chas to eventually open his own coffee bar in Berwick Street in Soho, inevitably called 'The Freight Train'. The Theatre was taken over by Granada Theatres in 1951 and renamed the Chelsea Granada in 1957, with the intention of turning it into a cinema, but it was subsequently leased to Granada Television who remodelled it for use as their 'Studio 10'. TV shows produced in this studio over the next eight years included 154 episodes of 'The Army Game' and three series of a variety show called 'Chelsea at Nine', which featured many top acts who were appearing live in London. A note of interest is that Granada owners Sidney and Cecil Bernstein only gave their studios even numbers, so this was, in fact, the fifth Granada TV studio. Billie Holiday gave her last (recorded) performance there on 23rd February 1959, performing 'Strange Fruit', 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone', only the first two of which survive. Granada abandoned the building in 1966 and it was demolished in 1969 to be replaced flats and a showroom which is now Heals furniture store.

233 Nicholls Brothers builders merchants

235 '235 Kings' The '235 Kings' restaurant owned by Rodney Rawlings from 1965 until 1974. It was bought from Jonathan Hanson and his business partners and transformed into one of the most popular restaurants in the area. The 50-seat bistro boasted devoted regulars, at various times, that included Dudley Moore (always ordered Shepherd’s Pie), Lance Percival, Derek Nimmo, Alan Bates, Jean Muir, James Clavell, The Hollies, James Hunt, Marjorie Parr, John Cowan, Dan Topolski and the current Oxford eight, and many other notables. Nigel Dempster and the William Hickey team usually commandeered one end of the communal centre table at jam-packed Saturday lunches. More rarefied visitors included Lee Marvin, Julie Christie, Charlotte Rampling, Brigitte Bardot, the King of Sikkim, Princess Anne, Mick Jagger, Tiny Tim... and others, with everyone eating at shared, candle-lit tables (there were no tables for two) in a paparazzi-free atmosphere. On the door of 235 Kings was a sign with the message “Interdit aux paysans!” (by ‘peasants’ we meant uncouth, uncivil people of any sort, including Hooray Henrys and the like.) “Cet etablissement est un lieu prive, cree surtout pour l’amusement du patron et son personnel. Si vous voulez manger ici, soyez sympathique”.

239 The Gateways Club 1930 - 1985: The Gateways club, with its famous 'green door' side entrance in Bramerton Street, was established in 1930/31 and, almost unique for its time, became more or less exclusively lesbian during the war when large numbers of women, working or stationed near London, needed somewhere of their own to go to. It legally became a 'members' club in 1936. Ted Ware ran the club during the war, allegedly after winning it in a poker game. He married actress Gina Cerrato in 1953 who took over the running of the club, together with an American woman called 'Smithy' who originally came to England with the US Air Force. Inside the green door was a steep set of steps leading down to the cloakroom and the club entrance. The windowless cellar 'club room' was only 35ft long with a bar at one end (usually run by 'Smithy') with a fruit-machine by a central pillar and a jukebox opposite the bar.
In the Sixties it was popular with artists and celebrities such as Diana Dors and Dusty Springfield and it was used for scenes in the 1968 film 'The Killing of Sister George', featuring many club regulars on screen and starring Beryl Reid, Susannah York and Coral Browne. It is also believed that the song 'Green Door' was inspired by its entrance. The Gateways closed on 24th September 1985 when it lost its late licence due to complaints about the loud music, by which time many more alternative venues for the gay community had become publicly acceptable.

241 Gee2: Boutique - possibly a second Cecil Gee outlet? - No other information.              Meenys c.1976: A children's clothing outlet (clothes USA) operated by Gary Craze.

243 Robert Fielding: No information        The 243 Shop c.1976: A boutique, previously a cafe / coffee bar. No other information

244 - 250 Board of Guardians / Chelsea Workhouse 1883 Chelsea Register Office until 1978: The Board of Guardians' offices were built in 1883 and extended to Sydney Street in1903-5. The complex also included a workhouse situated behind the main building but sharing the same address. 250 was the old Chelsea Register Office where Bessie Wallis Warfield married her second husband, Ernest Simpson, in 1928, becoming Mrs Wallis Simpson.
It was the venue for Judy Garland's 1969 marriage to disco manager Mickey Deans, with singer Johnnie Ray as best man, just a few months before her death and also Neil Aspinall's (the 'fifth Beatle') to Suzy Ornstein before the official records and licence for marriages were transferred to the old town hall in 1978.

245 - 253 Chelsea Antiques Market
: This conglomeration of shops and stalls was the site of the original 'Chelsea Antiques Market' until it changed ownership in 1991. Peter and Adrian Harrington bought the freehold but did not want to spend £5 million to redevelop it and sold the premises on. It has since re-opened. Pattie Harrison and her sister, Jennie Boyd, ran an art-nouveau stall called 'Juniper', between July 1968 and February 1969, and Emmerton & Lambert was a well-known 'second hand' fashion 'boutique'. Slightly confusingly, 'Chelsea Antiques Market' has more recently been advertised and reported as running at 135 Kings Road, the Antiquarius building, which was its main rival.

251 S.Borris
1969: After purchasing the shop from the man after whom it is named, Joe and Terry Heade ran S.Borris, The Sandwich shop, for 35 years, until it closed in 2004. Among its many notable customers were Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland and Christine Keeler.

253 Emmerton & Lambert: Boutique - No information      255 Jeremy Ltd    257 Cafe Jazz Hot 1961: No information      259 Green and Stone 1934: Art supply shop founded 1927 - originally based in the Chenil gallery

DOVEHOUSE GREEN: By the 1880s the poor state of the King's Road burial ground caused controversy. A mortuary was constructed in 1882 and the remaining area was used for the recreation of workhouse residents. After war damage the ground was redeveloped from 1947-50. The mortuary was demolished and most of the stones removed to develop a garden partly open to the public, The Borough re-modelled the garden in 1977, retaining mature trees and some monuments, renaming it Dovehouse Green.

264 Chelsea Fire Station The Kings Road Fire Station was opened on 3rd March 1965 by London County Council and was part of a development that included the Chelsea Arts School (Manresa Road) and Chelsea College of Science and Technology.

266 - 268 The Chemistry Department and Hall of Residence occupied 266-268. The whole block was previously an empty lot occupied by Park Motors, a used car trader, on the site of a regency terrace dating from 1810 - 1955.

265 Take 6 1960s: Part of the Sidney Brent boutique chain

271 Clytie Jessop Art Gallery: Art gallery owned by the British actress and film directrix that exhibited works by many notable contemporary artists. Her first screen role was as the ghost of Miss Jessel in 'The Innocents' (1961) and she had minor horror roles for Hammer in 'Nightmare' (1964) and Amicus in'Torture Garden' (1967). In 1986 she wrote, directed and produced the film 'Emma's War', starring Lee Remick.

273 Stockpot :
The Stockpot was the one of the oldest restaurants and a popular Sixties hangout on the Kings Road, sadly recently closed.      277 Flaxman Antiques

OLD CHURCH STREET 46A: Sound Techniques Studio 1964: Sound Techniques began its life as a recording studio in December 1964, when it was set-up by Geoff Frost and John Wood as one of the early independent sound recording studios in the UK. Artists that recorded there included: Pink Floyd (who recorded their first record here), Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Steeleye Span, Incredible String Band, The Pentangle, John Martyn, Beverley Martyn, Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Judy Collins, John Cale, The Yardbirds and The Who.

279 - 281 The Glaciarium 1876, The Palaseum 1910, King's Picture Playhouse 1911, The Ritz 1943, The Essoldo 1949, The Curzon 1972, Kings Road Theatre 1973, The Classic 1980
The world's first artificial ice rink was constructed in Covent Garden in 1844 and was a kind of 'prototype' for the first 'modern' indoor rink, The Glaciarium, opened by John Gamgee in Milman Street on 7th January 1876 and which moved to 279 Kings Road in March of that year. This was a sophisticated artificial rink created by using technology invented to freeze meat for transport. The site was occupied by The Palaseum in 1910 and renamed in 1911 with its capacity increased from 960 to 1200. It became the Ritz in 1943 and was remodeled in 1949, becoming the Essoldo until 1972 and renamed the Curzon, closing in 1973. It reopened as King's Road Theatre for live performances, notably the first live version of the Rocky Horror Show, closing in 1979 and re-opening in 1980 as the Classic, now CineWorld. It has also been, at various times, a Cannon and an ABC.

283 Sandra Shops / Mayfair c.1967: No information

285 Marjorie Parr Art Gallery 1963: Marjorie Parr founded her original gallery at 285 Kings Road in 1963. Her early exhibitions included artists Guy Wordsell and Michael Andrews, painter John Hitchens, sculptors Peter Ball, Roger Leigh, Peter Thursby, Elisabeth Frink, Enzo Plazzotta, F. E. McWilliam and textile designer Tadek Beutlich. She sold the gallery to David Gilbert in July 1974 but continued to assist him at the gallery until the end of 1975. Gilbert renamed the gallery in March 1977 to the Gilbert Parr Gallery, which finally closed in October 1982.

287 Chelsea Book Shop c.1963: No information Raffles, a private members’ club named after colonial mogul Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, was founded in 1967 by Peter Evans, the restaurateur who is credited with bringing steak houses to London. The Peter Evans Eating Houses took over from Angus Steak Houses. Members included The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Vivienne Westwood as well as Princess Margaret, Earl Snowdon and Lichfield, Barbra Streisand and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

298 Cadogan Arms c1680: This pub was built during the 17th century as the 'Rose & Crown'. The name was changed to 'The Cadogan Arms' when it was rebuilt in 1838.

303 Blueberry Hill 1970: The Electric Colour Co art collective was formed in 1969 by artists Andrew Greaves, Jeffrey Pine, David Smith and Roderic Stokes. Andrew was to say "It was originally supposed to support our fine art practice but became so involving that it took up all our time". Late in 1970, among other 'boutique' projects, ECC fitted out the mysterious and short-lived King's Road fashion outlet Blueberry Hill, which lasted all of six weeks before the landlords closed it and converted it into a betting shop. No-one seems to be able to remember who operated the business or designed the clothes. They may also have had a presence in The Great Gear Market at 89.

304 Alkasura 1969 - 1975: Lloyd's second Alkasura boutique (also see 380) was a favourite of stars such as Rod Stewart and Marc Bolan (a particularly good friend), and was where Bolan acquired his satin jackets in the early 70s. Lloyd was to develop a religious mania and apparently walked around local streets in monk's clothing before he eventually committed suicide via self-immolation. Previously National Westminster Bank? Later Osborne & Little.

312 The Chelsea Grill 1962: No information      318 Old Image c.1911      327 Asterix creperie?     328 The Casserole c.1960 A trendy 'camp' restaurant frequented by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the early Sixties

328 Le Gigolo c.1960: A well-known Sixties 'gay' coffee bar/club situated in the basement underneath The Casserole restaurant. Gay historian Dr David Lawrence: “It was a long cellar and everyone would cram up the far end. The lights were dim. It was like a scrum."

329 Sunclean 1960s: No information - presumably a laundry / dry cleaners     331 Benton's Home Stores 1960s: No information

THE VALE 1A: Robert Whittaker's Studio: Robert Whitaker photographed The Beatles over a two year period from 1964 to 1966. His photograph of The Beatles with dismembered dolls and raw meat was used on the infamous US 'Yesterday and Today' Butcher sleeve. He also helped create the underground magazine 'Oz' with Martin Sharp.

341 Simon's Shop (?)      342 Gloryhole boutique (?)

Although constructed to the same scale, allowing all the images to be stitched together, the remaining map sections have been widened to take into account the twists in the road and include interesting locations in the World's End area which no longer exist, due to area remodelling, and the Cremorne Estate construction during the Sixties and early Seventies.

350 Bluebird Garage 1923: The Bluebird Garage was opened in 1923, designed by Robert Sharp and replacing terraced housing. At the time it was the largest in Europe, with room for 300 cars in the main garage. As well as selling petrol and servicing automobiles, it also provided overnight accommodation for lady motorists and their chauffeurs in the two wings on either side of the main building.
The Campbell family speed record vehicles were apparently named after the establishment, although their connection with the premises is uncertain. It became an ambulance station during the 1950s and was converted into a restaurant, café and shops by Terence Conran in 1997.

351 Old Post Office (?) 1950s

Plaza - Antony Price shop (1978). The blue glass exterior of the shop had a revolutionary method of visual merchandising. The clothes were displayed as art within the store and the window was a huge television screen displaying images of the clothes sold within. Price is credited with inventing the cap sleeve T-shirt.

353 Restaurant - unknown (1950s)

354 The Roebuck
c.1895: A public house built in the 1890s, this was an integral part of Kings Road life in the Sixties and Seventies until it was redeveloped to become the Mojama restaurant and is now the Beaufort House restaurant.

355 The Orrery 1954 Terence Conran's first coffee bar/restaurant after helping set up 'The Soup Kitchen' (which had London's second Gaggia coffee machine) in Chandos Place, off Strand, the previous year. It had an 'open air' dining facility, hosting barbecues in summer.

358 Shoe Repairs       364 Regina c.1967: No information    

366 Lush & Cook
Cleaners c.1967: No information  

368 Laundromat
c.1967: No information     

370 Ming Yuan
Chinese restaurant c.1967: No information

The Kings Road starts to take a bend to the south at this point, marking the start of the area known as 'The World's End'.  World's End Map 1894 

To the North (left) lies an area known as 'Ten Acres' which was originally part of the larger Sloane Stanley Estate.

379 The Glaciarium (Milmans Street) 1876: The first Kings Road location of the historic ice rink (also see 279). This site is now The Moravian Tower.

THE MORAVIAN TOWER: The building next to the World's End estate (355 King's Road) was designed in 1969 and completed in 1971 to house 50 families. In 1983 the council-owned block, once hailed as an 'architectural achievement', faced demolition: the core of the building was rotting, brickwork was falling apart, and sulphates were eating away the mortar. There had always been a problem with damp and leaks and, in 1975, a High Court action was brought by the council against the architects, Chamberlin Powell & Bon, and the builders. It was ultimately not demolished but sold by the council and revamped in 1988 by Fitch & Company as private flats, with custard-coloured cladding to hide the problematic brickwork, and a new top floor.

380 Alkasura 1967 - 1969: The boutique was founded in 1967 by Paul Reeves and John Lloyd, but only lasted two years at this location before the partners separated. Reeves moved on to establish Universal Witness (1969-1973) on the Fulham Road while Lloyd retained the name, moving into premises at 304. Previously Ashford & Sons newsagents

381 The Moravian Church 1751: Built on the site of Beaufort House, home of Sir Thomas More. The Moravian burial-ground (God's Acre) was established just to the south in 1751. The Fetter Lane chapel was destroyed by bombs in 1941 and, after a period of incongruity, it was decided to re-establish the Fetter Lane Congregation at the Chelsea site in the 1960s.

382 Ashford Wm
. dairy c.1939

383a The Globe c.1881 Site of The Globe public house in 1881, later renamed The Water Rat, which closed in 2004. It has since become an Italian eatery called Osteria dell'Arancio.

Milmans Street     384 Rosenthal Saml.
draper c.1939

385 Chelsea Police Station 1852: From 1830, V Division served part of Chelsea from a station in Milmans Street. In 1852 new premises were built west of the junction with Kings Road. The station was rebuilt eastward from that structure and opened in 1897. A newer station opened in Lucan Place in 1939 and was still in use in 2002. The 385 Kings Road station was then used as a community centre but replaced by offices and shops c.1985.

386 Wyatt Wm. butcher c.1939      388 Mac Fisheries Ltd. fishmongers c.1939

390 Maypole Dairy c.1939

392 The Man In The Moon originally c.1769: This public house stood at the corner of King's Road and Park Walk and contained a fringe theatre for about 20 years, before it closed in 2003. Adam and The Ants played some of their early gigs here.

396 Johnny Moke (1984) Notable for the owner, born John Joseph Rowley in Walthamstow, East London, on September 2nd 1945. Moke was a member of the London Mod scene that included Mark Feld. He developed an interest in style and design and, by 1967, was selling antique clothes from the tiny basement of Granny Takes A Trip with partner Mickey Oram.

398 Anne Russell: Hairdressers - no other information

402 Town Records          404 American Classics

406 Johnson's the Modern Outfitters 1978: Lloyd Johnson influenced music fashion, supplying designs to Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, David Bowie and many others. A Mod from Hastings, his beginnings were in acquiring tab collar shirts for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at Cecil Gee's in Charing Cross. He opened his own business, Heavy Metal Kids, in Kensington Market in 1967 and Johnsons, The Modern Outfitters on the King's Road in 1978. He designed the Mod clothes for the film 'Quadrophenia'.

408 The Emperor of Wyoming
1972: Opened by Billy Murphy in 1972, TEOW specialised in items of Western wear and American clothing at a time when these were hard to find in London.

410 Chelsea Building Society

414 Susan Locke (1967?) - no other information   
425 Nel's Greengrocers c.1970: No information

430 The World's End store (since 1980):
This has been the location for some of London's most famous fashion boutiques since 1963:

Hung On You

Mr Freedom
Paradise Garage
Let It Rock
Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die
Worlds End

4.30 (1963 to 1966): A 'girls boutique'. Jonathan Aitken (of The Young Meteors) said of it: "At 430 Kings Road ex-naval officer Bill Fuller, aged 33, and his girlfriend Carol Derry, 26, sell the cheapest clothes in London this side of Biba and have an unusual line in imported French style".

Hung On You (1966 to Sep 1968): The boutique was owned by Michael Rainey, who was a son of notorious society figure Marion Wrottesley. He was married to Jane Ormsby-Gore (daughter of Lord Harlech) who was a contributing editor of Vogue and who became Rainey's business partner when the boutique was originally started at 22 Cale Street, moving to the Kings Road in 1966. "Michael (Rainey) would find lovely materials, all made in London in the East End by proper old-fashioned tailors. He was a great stickler. The Stones and Beatles would come in and say, 'We want four of those'…"
In an interview for Town magazine Rainey said: "We are not tailors, but we will make things up for people if we think their ideas are good". Their prices were high (shirts being as much as 7 guineas) but customer Richard Neville recalled "Groovers didn't mind paying triple for a floral chiffon shirt, because Mick Jagger had probably bought one like it the day before".

Mr Freedom (1969 to Dec 1970): By early 1969 Thomas Steven 'Tommy' Roberts was looking for a better business opportunity than Kleptomania. He withdrew his capital from the business with a view to acquiring premises in the Kings Road, saying "In the King's Road I could sell style, not just knick-knacks to passing tourists". The owner of the 'Hung On You' boutique, Michael Rainey, was a friend of his and had decided to sell the business and the stock to finance a personal spiritual journey to India, so they agreed a deal for Roberts to take over the lease and stock for £1200, with a weekly rent of £25 payable to the landlord.

Roberts took it on in a partnership with Trevor Myles (who had previously supplied Kleptomania with beads and bells) and the boutique was re-named 'Mr Freedom', after the satirical 1969 William Klein film. Tommy Roberts: "We wanted to be comic-land, totally different, not a bunch of barrow-boys selling knock-off kaftans". The shop exterior was designed and executed by the Electric Colour Company artist collective and much of the interior was decorated by Les Coleman and Jeff Edwards of Mediocre Murals, with George Hardie of Nicholas Thirkell Associates as the principal graphic designer in a team including Pamla Motown. The basic colour of the interior was blue, with red splashes and a lot of neon and perspex. The decoration consisted largely of pop art posters, American flags, images from comic books and rock 'n' roll motifs, illuminated by a revolving mirror ball. Tommy's 'boardroom table' was a pinball machine!

The premises were very small - only a few hundred square feet - but were still managing weekly sales of c. £5000 by the end of 1970. a week. Tommy Roberts had outgrown it and was looking for a larger outlet where he could create a 'palace of fun' where both the fashions and ambience could be equally outrageous, settling on a three-storey building at 20 Kensington Church Street. He acquired the lease with new partner and old friend John Paul. JP invested £50,000 into the 'new' Mr. Freedom but the shop was to last less than a year. Trevor Myles departed to move back to 430 King's Road where he opened 'Paradise Garage' and Tommy Roberts was forced to call in the receivers in March 1972.

Paradise Garage (May 1971 to Nov 1971): In May 1971, the lease for 430 was taken over by Trevor Myles who opened the short-lived Paradise Garage boutique, selling Hawaiian-style shirts, vintage denim and general Americana. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood sold 1950s rock and roll records in a backroom. Once again, the decoration was provided by the Electric Colour Company who were instructed to create something to 'cross South Seas charm with American authenticity'. The internal 'set' contained caged lovebirds, a jukebox and even an extremely small dance-floor while, outside, a bamboo sign was erected on painted corrugated iron and a 1950s petrol pump was placed on the forecourt, very often accompanied by Myles' tiger-striped Ford Mustang. The premises also contained something called 'Osteria' - a restaurant/bar?
Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, with Malcolm Edwards (aka 'Talcy Malcy') acquired the lease in 1971 and were to create a series of boutiques on the premises, catering for the swiftly changing fashion scene. These were:

Let it Rock (Nov 1971 to 1972)   Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die (1972 - 1974) Biker rock items

SEX (1974 - 1977): SEX sold cut-up shirts with pictures of Karl Marx and Third Reich insignia. Vivienne Westwood said: "We're not just here to sell fetish clothing but to convert, educate, liberate". Malcolm McClaren died in 2010 from mesothelioma, which he maintained he had contracted from being exposed to asbestos while stripping the shop to change it to 'Seditionaries'.

Seditionaries (1977 - 1980): Peter York (Harpers & Queen) : "Despite its low-key manner the shop is oddly uncompromising. Seditionaries is single-minded. The stuff is quite expensive too…it's a shop for the elite of Radical Displacement". Designs from Seditionaries were licensed out to BOY at 153 Kings Road (previously Cheyne Art Gallery)

432 Cale Antiques - Occupied the premises during the period that 'Hung On You' occupied 430. The site was also occupied previously by Timmis & Richards chemists.

434 C.Young & Sons (at time of 'Hung On You') also Thos W. Richards (at time of 'Paradise Garage' and 'Sex')

436 The Flying Dragon 1967: 'The Flying Dragon' was a tea room / restaurant owned by Puss Weber (nee Susan Ann Caroline Coriat) and her partner Barbara Allen. It was notable for the famous dragon mural painted by Dudley Edwards (post BEV) and his partner, Mike McInnerney, collectively known as 'Omtentacle'. The interior showed a rising and descending white horse on opposite sides. Two huge Anchor butter posters were used to montage 'grass' onto the wall, with 'cloud' machines in opposing corners blowing 'moving clouds' across the artificial grass 'carpet'. (Previously?: see picture)

438 ? Restaurant       440 A.H.Dixon
Second hand furniture (operating in 1960s or earlier?)

442 The Stanley Arms Public House
The pub was built in 1851, originally named The Stanley Tavern. In 1971 it was renamed the Magpie & Stump, taking the name of a long-demolished pub in Cheyne Walk. It has recently closed and been converted to a restaurant.

459 The World's End Distillery
(c.1690: The 'World's End Distillery' tavern, once 'in the middle of nowhere' and from which the surrounding area gets its name. Named 'Ye Olde World's End - Cannon Brewery' in 1894. At various times, Welch Ale and Watneys
A narrow alley (called Hobs Lane and World's End Passage) that ran down to the river was commercially important as many of customers came by boat from the city to visit the gardens. It is mentioned in the 1695 Congreve play 'Love for Lover'.
   The Original World's End Tavern

The Salvation Army, previously W.J. Pike removals, was situated at the end of World's End passage, between the World's End public house and the St. John mission hall.

BLANTYRE STREET 28: The Sweet Shop 1967: After success in selling her own collection of knitwear to Quorum and the Kings Road boutiques, designer Laura Jamieson opened her own boutique just off the Kings Road in 1967. The premises were rented from the council at £7 per week and sold, amongst other things, wall hangings, tunics and patchwork and applique cushions of her own design and items designed first by Trevor Miles (who went on to open Mr. Freedom with Tommy Roberts) and, later, Willy Daly who had worked with Ossie Clark.

The shop's customers included Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton and Keith Richards, and Laura designed the outfit worn by Grace Coddington at her wedding to restaurateur Michael Chow in 1969 - an apple green devore silk velvet dress appliqued with wild rose, scalloped below the knee with a daisy chain belt of brown and cream suede around the hips. In early days the shop's external appearance was just white-painted board and, although not having the main road's exposure, received a lot of publicity in the daily press and Vogue magazine due to the quality of its products and its clientele.

461 - 463 Saint John's Mission: The original church was situated on Tadema Road. Open air services had been held in the area from 1873. The permanent church was opened in 1876 to serve the new development of World's End in west Chelsea. It sponsored a wide range of charitable and social activities and worked with the Salvation Army. The church was bombed in 1940 and services moved to the mission church, Saint John's Community Church, on the junction with Blantyre Street. In 1973 the parish was united with Saint Andrew's, Park Walk.

Old World's End Street Map

DARTREY ROAD (1 Dartrey Terrace) Gandalf's Garden c.1969: Situated just off the Kings Road at World's End, in Edith Grove, the former Home and Colonial store became Gandalf's Garden, named after the wizard in Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. What was essentially a 'tea shop and craft centre', but actually a whole counter-cultural 'mystic' community, was founded by Muz Murray and flourished for a short time at the end of the Sixties as one of the 'in' establishments of the London hippie and underground scene.

A closely associated retail outlet (Gandalf's Garden Shoppe) and an iconic 'underground' magazine (6 issues) were also operated under the same name. The external decoration was created by Michael McInnerney and Dudley Edwards working as 'Om Tentacle'. Inside, large cushions were provided for use by customers while drinking their 'Chinese tea' and the basement of the building housed toilets and an area where homeless people could be fed and spend their time during the day. In the evenings, this area was used for 'spiritual meetings' of various sorts and it gained a global reputation for being one of the first 'centres' to invite speakers and teachers to give talks and presentations on many spiritual beliefs and practices, including popular mysticism, meditation, yoga and the occult. The Kings Road location of Gandalf's Garden, and the magazine, ceased operation in 1971 and the 'business' dispersed into other 'Gandalf's Garden seed centres' around the world. In an advert from 'International Times' (IT):

Come dream awhile at Gandalf's Garden Shoppe 1, Dartrey Terrace, King's Road, Worlds End, Chelsea, London, S.W.10 Phone: FLA 6156. Over a bowl of Chinese tea you really do meet the "gentlest people" at Gandalf's Garden Shoppe. Some days someone wanders in with his sitar and plays awhile. Others bring guitars and soothe us all. Some days you come in and bring your flute or play our ocarinos. Anyone can happen at Gandalf's Garden Shoppe. Come dream awhile and try it. Gandalf's Garden Mystical Scene Magazine. Issue Three out now. Send 3/6 P.O.

An initial plan for the estate was turned down, at the end of 1962, on the grounds of population density and a lack of architectural merit. A new plan was drawn up by Eric Lyons, architect, and E.G. Goldring of the Chelsea borough engineers, to include 8 tower blocks grouped around podiums with interconnected. After an inquiry held in 1965 the Minister of Housing turned down the borough's plan but was prepared to treat Chelsea's application as exceptional because of the high standard of layout and design. The plan was adapted to meet the recommendations of the planning inspector and the revised scheme, for 765 flats in blocks of 5 to 14 storeys forming three irregular squares, with two level walk-ways, and including underground parking, shopping centre, church, public house, and community centre, with a school on an adjoining site, received ministerial approval in 1967. Building work finally started in 1969 and the first families moved
in by early 1975. Cremorne Estate construction     Cremorne Estate map

475 Sophisto-Cat
c.1969: The Sophisto-cat furniture store was home to Christian the lion in 1969. The animal had been bought as a cub from Harrods (you could do things like that in those days!) by the two Australian men, John Rendall and Ace Bourke, who ran the store. The store, which had acquired the cub from Ilfracombe zoo, was quite happy to part with him for a mere 250 guineas. He was a local celebrity for a year, being taken to restaurants and allowed to run around in the grounds of the Moravian church - he even took part in a Biba advertisement. When his size became a problem, his owners worked with Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna and George Adamson to return him to the wild and he was eventually released in Kenya in 1971.

484 Swan Song Records
: The headquarters of Swan Song Records, started by Led Zeppelin on 10th May 1974 following the end of their contract with Atlantic Records.
The label was discontinued for new releases in 1983 but the company still exists for reissue of previous recordings.

The Guinness Trust estate was originally built in 1929 on land given to Guinness on a 999-year lease. The estate gave preference to people living or working in Chelsea. On 23rd February 1944 German bombers, possibly trying to destroy the power station at nearby Lot's Road, dropped bombs on the estate and surrounding area. Half of the 160 tenements were destroyed and the rest damaged, with 86 people losing their lives. It was rebuilt in 1947-48, and named Caple House, after the Superintendent and his wife, killed in the wartime bombing.

488 Granny Takes a Trip
1965 - 1974: 'Granny' was probably the first 'psychedelic' boutique and was opened by Nigel Waymouth, his girlfriend Sheila Cohen and John Pearse, after looking for an outlet for Sheila's collection of antique clothes. The premises had been acquired in 1965 and opened in December after Pearse, who was a Savile Row-trained tailor, agreed to join them. Waymouth came up with the curious name (which was also used as the name of a 1967 song by 'The Purple Gang', banned by the BBC) and the boutique was featured in the famous 'London - the Swinging City' issue of 'Time' Magazine.
Internally it was initially 'a mixture of New Orleans bordello and futuristic fantasy', with marble-patterned walls, lace drapery, beaded glass entrance curtains and an art-deco Wurlitzer that provided the music. With the growing 'hippie' influence, around 1968, this changed to purple-painted walls and lighting with Aubrey Beardsley erotic prints and the heavy smell of incense, patchouli oil and 'other substances'. Author Salman Rushdie commented that "psychedelic music, big on feedback, terrorised your eardrums".

It was, however, more famous for its external appearance(s), including the 1966 mural of a native American chief and the 1967 'Jean Harlow' mural. Most famous of all is probably the 1948 Dodge saloon car which appeared to have crashed through the wall and onto the forecourt. The car was also subjected to colour makeovers - canary yellow and, most memorably, in black and gold with glittering stars. The Dodge feature was kept after the sale of the shop in 1969 until complaints from the local authorities forced its removal in 1971. The clothes, though of very high quality, were very high-priced and tended to attract an 'elite' clientele, which just added to its legendary status. Sales assistant Johnny Moke (who was to later open his own boutique on the road at 396) recalled "We used to cut up blouses and dresses and turn them into shirts or tops for men.
What was great about Granny's was that there were no boundaries. Anything went and they kept on changing". Pearse was unhappy with the increasingly 'hippie' image of the shop and eventually they ended up selling the business to Freddie Hornick, who had previously worked at Dandie Fashions, (and his partners Marty Breslau and Gene Krell), in 1969. Hornik changed the style completely, stocking more 'dandified' clothes and catering for the 'glam rock' look. He also opened a branch in West Hollywood, USA. The London premises at 488 closed in 1974, the name being sold to Byron Hector who opened a shop under the same name elsewhere on Kings Road, eventually closing in 1979.
The premises were previously occupied at various times by bakers J.B. Webber and the World's End Fruiterers.

490 Mata Hari 1968: Annette Weysom's women's-wear boutique. A 1968 photograph caption mentions that 'next door to Mata Hari was Granny takes a trip', so possibly at 486? By 1970 the site was occupied by Sunlight Laundry.

494 Cafe - unknown name (c.1970)          496 S.Frost & Company - no other information (c.1970)

500 The Wetherby c.1881: A public house significant in Rolling Stones history. Bill Wyman: "The Chelsea section of London is important to me. I joined the Rolling Stones in December 1962 at the Wetherby (Arms) pub on King's Road…." Now a Paddy Power betting shop.

502 Chelsea Scooters ?
        Kings Road / Edith Grove (North) early 20th century

LOTS ROAD: Lots Road Power Station 1905: Also known as 'The Chelsea Monster', Lots Road was a coal (and later oil-fired) power station on the River Thames, becoming operational in February 1905, built to supply electricity to the expanding London Underground system. The station burned 700 tonnes of coal a day and had a generating capacity of 50,000 kW. At the time it was claimed to be the largest power station ever built and it eventually powered most of the underground railways and tramways in the transport system. The station is notable in the history of UK commercial radio as when the first two radio stations, LBC and Capital Radio, opened in October 1973 the site for their medium wave transmitters was not complete. A temporary antenna was strung up between the two chimneys until the permanent site at Saffron Green was completed in 1975. The power station was finally shut down on 21st October 2002.

531 Oddbins wine merchants c.1969     

533 The Furniture Cave
Originally The Chelsea Brewery Company,moved from Fulham Road in the mid-19th century and renamed The Royal Chelsea Brewery. Took over Smith's Welch Ale Brewery in 1900 and changed its name to the Welch Ale Brewery Ltd (see Worlds End pub pictures). Acquired by Watney, Combe, Reid & Co in 1920, along with 80 houses, it was converted into wine and spirits and called Cremorne Gate Cellars. Later became an antiques centre, housing many different dealers.   1974 Fire picture

535 Cube Records 1972: This was the headquarters of an independent record label launched on 26th May 1972 by music publisher David Platz and was also his UK office for Essex Music. The Cube label folded in the mid 1970s, becoming part of Elektra Records. The building has since been demolished and the new 'Plaza 535' building still houses the Essex Music group.

536 Watney's Brewery later occupied by Junk City.    541 Now The Jam Tree, formerly the Nell Gwynne public house until 1944 and, at various times, One; Come The Revolution; Pulse Bar (pictured)

550 Stanley House / St. Mark's College The original house was built before 1625 by Sir Arthur George, a friend of the poet Edmund Spenser and a cousin of Sir Walter Raleigh, and was originally called Brickhills. On his death in 1625, the property was inherited by his daughter, the wife of Sir Robert Stanley. There are records of it being rebuilt around 1691. William Hamilton, husband of Lady Hamilton, bought the house in 1815, adding a large picture gallery on the east side that contained a series of casts from the Elgin marbles fixed around a frieze. In c.1840 it became the residence of the principal of St. Mark's College, a training college for the Church of England, visited by Leo Tolstoy on 12th March 1861. The current building was renovated in 2002 at a cost of £10 million. The College of St. Mark and St. John was founded c.1840 as The National Society for the Education of the Poor. Redeveloped into flats and houses in 2002.

562 The Wheatsheaf - a 'Whitbread' Public House (1963) recent pic     574 Guinevere Antiques Founded in 1963 by Guinevere Weaver - later occupied 574 - 580    
575 The Adelaide Public House c.1881 - c.1968? (later a bar called Lunasa)    

580 ... Mostyn
(1963)    583 Antiques     585 Not Known (pictured)     587 Thomas

599 Christopher Wray Lighting
Established in 1964 by Christopher Wray (died 2014), an out of work actor. He originally traded in the Chelsea Antiques Market. By 1992 the shop had the largest display of indoor lighting in Europe. Dudley Moore was an occasional visitor and used to play the harmonium located in the store.

601 - 615 Esso Petrol Station
c.1968        604 Lighting shop c.1968        610 Crichton's (newsagents) c.1968        

611 - Warr's Harley-Davidson
Listed as 611 Kings Road but behind the Esso station in what is now Edith Row. Founded in 1924, Britain's oldest H-D dealership

Tyres and Batteries c.1968        617 - 633 Residential?

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