Sunday, 10 April 2016

#plaque366 The 2i's Coffee Bar


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series





Rock and Roll is Here to Stay! Commemorating The Two I’s Coffee Bar on Old Compton Street W1




As The Cavern is to Liverpool, so the Two I’s Coffee Bar is to London. Billed, quite rightly, as The Birthplace of British Rock’n’Roll, the Two I’s Coffee Bar rode the skiffle boom of the late 1950s, providing a stage for the fledgling rockers of the day.

The list of stars “discovered” here reads like a who’s who of pre-Beatles music: Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin (of the Shadows), Wee Willie Harris, Joe Brown, Screaming Lord Sutch and Tony Sheridan – who was backed by The Beatles on the fabled Polydor recording of My Bonnie, cut in Hamburg.


Old Compton Street is here…






Here's the great Wee Willie Harris and his Rockin' At the 2 I's (1957)…






With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.


To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!


A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!



A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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