We’re creating an online memory board for some of London’s lost venues. Since the turn of the century, London’s gay scene has lost over 100 venues.
We’d love for you to help us grow this historical archive of London’s lost gay scene. If you’ve got photos or memories of any of the venues you’d like to share please use the comment section below and we’ll add them right here.
The Masquerade club
Memory from a user:
In small cellar with dancefloor beneath SUDS launderette on the corner of 310 Earl’s Court Road, though the club was entered via small door numbered 310A (first of three doors) in adjacent side street strictly called Earl’s Court Square. Current Google Street View shows a title over this door: “Tips and Toes”.
Masquerade ran from c.1972 as a cool gay disco playing latest soul and disco US imports such as O’Jays and Temptations. First heard the extended version of Masterpiece here 1973.
Few other London gay clubs offered black music at that time: these included Sombrero (Yours or Mine), Chaguaramas, Rod’s on lower King’s Road.<br /><br />Can’t swear whether it was even licensed for alcohol – many “clubs” were not in those days. Bowie rumoured to have visited!
An LGBT club on Earls Ct Rd.
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