Esoteric London

No. 810: Upper Street, N1

Posted in Clubs by esotericlondon on April 5, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8898 copy

Upper Street, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

London in the Sixties (With a few Digressions) – ‘One of the Old Brigade’ [Donald Shaw], 1908:

Situated in an unpretentious house in Foley Street, the ballroom at Mott’s (as it appeared in the sixties) was a spacious octagon with a glass dome. At the side, approached by a few steps, was the supper room, where between 2 and 3 a.m. cold fowl and ham and champagne were discussed, the fiddlers descended from their loft, and revelry fast and furious took the place of the valse.

Not many years ago, impelled by an irresistible impulse, I visited the hall of dazzling light; a greasy drab opened the street door, and conducted me into a dingy apartment, which she assured me was the old haunt. Sure enough, there stood the dilapidated orchestra perch, and, yet a little way off, the steps that led to the supper room; and whilst I was contemplating them with something very like a lump in my throat, a squeaky voice addressed me, and I beheld a decrepit old man – all that was left of poor old Freer – whom memory associated with an expanse of white waistcoat, essaying hints such as, “Now, then, Lady’s chain,” or hob-nobbing with some beauty, or remonstrating, “Really, my lord, these practical jokes cannot be permitted.” This Temple of the past may still be seen with all the windows smashed and on the eve of demolition.

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  1. petermk said, on April 6, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Oh, I liked that one!


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