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In Pictures: London's Members Only Clubs In The 1960s

In Pictures: London's Members Only Clubs In The 1960s

From Hatchetts to The Colony to The Establishment, if you wanted to rub shoulders with London's in-crowd, or hear the uncensored versions of satirical comedy sets, members-only clubs were the place to do it — if you could get a spot on the list that is.

Clubs were hugely popular in the euphoria of the swinging 60s, though that didn't always guarantee success. While Hatchetts had been going strong since 1720, Peter Cook's The Establishment lasted only three years.

Take a look at this collection of photos which remember the good ol' days of outlandish behaviour.

Outside The Cromwellian Club, 1966
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The Colony Room, Soho: the clandestine night spot gathered a reputation as a wild and eccentric bohemian venue
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The Colony Room, Soho
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The Colony Room, Soho
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The Colony Room, Soho
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Jack Dupree, photographed at the 100 Club in London in the 1960s
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The Flamingo Club, Wardour Street
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The Flamingo Club, Wardour Street
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Peter Cook at his club The Establishment on Greek Street which was open between 1961 and 1964
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Peter Cook at his club The Establishment on Greek Street
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A bunny croupier at The Playboy Club
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A bunny croupier at The Playboy Club
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Milk The Cow dance at the Flamingo Club, 1964
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Swinging Hatchetts, Piccadilly
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Entrance to Swinging Hatchetts, Piccadilly
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Swinging Hatchetts, Piccadilly
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Japanese Airline Week at Swinging Hatchetts, Piccadilly
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The Man with Wings Bar, Swinging Hatchetts, Piccadilly
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12 Arts Club Ball at the Albert Hall
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The Kray brothers at one of their London nightclubs
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Last Updated 13 June 2017