Esoteric London

No. 106: Denmark Street, WC2

Posted in London Music, London Places by esotericlondon on July 26, 2010

Denmark Place/Denmark Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

Curiosities Of London – John Timbs, 1868:

Salt-box music will be remembered by the middle-aged reader. It was played with a rolling-pin and salt-box beaten together, the noise being modulated so as to resemble a sort of music.

[ The 12 Bar Club is on Denmark Street better known as Tin Pan Alley. The venue is one of London’s smallest and showcases musicians from all genres but it does have a leaning towards song writing. Past performers have included Martha Wainwright, K T Tunstall, Damien Rice, Keane and Seasick Steve. The building dates from 1635 when it was used as a stable. It was then converted to a forge,(the fireplace of which forms a back drop to the performers), and remained in use serving the notorious slum of St Giles until World War 1 . Much of the slum was cleared during the building of New Oxford Street but a visit to the 12 Bar and Denmark Street/Denmark Place can enable you to do a little time travel. R.D.]

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