Cafe and restaurant in Kingly Street
Cafe and restaurant in Kingly Street
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Cafe and restaurant in Kingly Street
Front elevations of 2-1 Kingly Street, Soho, at the junction with Beak Street. Number 2 is the Rathbone House Sandwich Bar. Number 1 was the location of the Cat's Whisker, a coffee bar, which was opened during the mid-late 1950s by entrepreneur Peter Evans. It was one of the first to have a jukebox. It attracted large crowds, drawn by the offer of espresso and music. Musicians like Cliff Richard, Lonnie Donegan and Tommy Steele appeared there. The police closed the Cat's Whisker because of overcrowding in 1958 and Evans opened the first of the Angus Steak Houses at this venue, before later starting the London-based, David Hicks-decorated restaurant chain that bore his own name: Peter Evans Eating House. The Cumberland Stores public house can be seen on the corner of Beak Street. Mick Jagger famously visited the pub after a news conference following his arrest in 1967 for cannabis use. In 1990 it was converted into a restaurant. The street has been pedestrianised.
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