Tuesday, May 06, 2008

"Save the Colony Room Club"

Molly Parkin's daughter Sophie is fighting to save the old Colony Room Club in London. She writes on facebook.com: "Please join together to save this historic and culturally artistic drinking den of inequity [iniquity? - MA]. We want it to remain open and become a listed building. Sx". The Colony's website, click here.

10 comments:

drf said...

I haven't been there since Ida Board died and have lately joined the Groucho and now I feel so guilty. But listed building status doesn't save anything any more. Could it not be an out-station for the Groucho where the extreme vomiteers forgather? I wonder if my own sick stains are still on the stairs.

Best, Duncan Fallowell

Madame Arcati said...

That's a good idea - an out-station of the Groucho. Perhaps someone could walk around the latter tapping people on the shoulder saying, "You look like you belong to the Colony." I'm sure Chrissy Iley would be among the select(ed).

Incidentally, the Groucho has now hired security men to stand about the lobby making a nuisance of themselves. The club will soon learn - if it hasn't already - that most of its money comes from non-members who can no longer get in unless their member friend happens to be on the premises. This is most foolish.

drf said...

I was there last night. No security men. I rather like security men.

Anonymous said...

i always thought the colony was full of people jerking one another off for being so clever and being members. the sooner it closes the better.

drf said...

Of course the Colony was always known as Muriel's - for obvious reasons. She started it and gave it its soul which was carried on by her wonderful barman Ida (Ian) after she died. This sort of club isn't a building to be listed but a locus with a soul and that, I expect, has long gone. It was the place where Francis Bacon put his wet hand down my trousers in order to dry it.

What's happened to the site of the Sombrero? And Michael Fish's Embassy?

Anonymous said...

Or the Zanzibar (which is now a burger restaurant...)

Madame Arcati said...

I loved the Zanzibar and their flaming sambucas, many a flambe enjoyed there. I quite like the Soho House but I always imagine the floors are about to fall in. I crashed a Jaci Stephen birthday party there once. I didn't care what she thought.

Anonymous said...

Who does?

Anonymous said...

Rather more importantly, isn't this the same building in which Baird invented television ?

Anonymous said...

If you want to help to save the club, we are holding a party on the 9th December at 33 Portland Place to pay for the many legal fees we have incurred and will still incur until we save this very important piece of Soho. Please go to www.savethecolonyclub.com/carpenoctum and buy tickets. I assure you, it will be the night of your life.