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Bishopsgate Institute

Discover London's club scene, from the Roaring Twenties to Nineties Britpop and beyond.


Be transported back to the Roaring Twenties and take a look at a slightly worse-for-wear nightclub brochure from the 1920s. The six-page brochure contains descriptions and illustrations of the Tabarin, a short-lived nightclub on Tottenham Court Road. A club-goer has scribbled handwritten annotations on every page, ridiculing the people depicted in each illustration in typically 1920s style, with some nice period slang.

The item, and its unexpected annotations, encapsulates the sparkle of the West End in the interwar years whilst revealing spiky undercurrents. The brochure is in the Bishopsgate Institute's London Pamphlet Collection, which contains thousands of journal and periodical articles and pamphlets that document London lives since around 1800; from the careers of tightrope walkers to the struggles of child chimney sweeps.

Page from The Tabarin Club brochure
See a brochure from the Tabarin, a short-lived nightclub on Tottenham Court Road that witnessed the glamour of inter-war clubbing in 1920s London. The Tabarin Club, London Collection Pamphlets, Box 349, Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives


London After Dark - 1920s to today
Wednesday 31 May
6.30 - 9.30pm

Explore night life in the capital from the 1920s to today through original archive materials and a series of talks in Bishopsgate's atmospheric library. Find out about London's queer scene between the wars; discover 1960s counterculture through zines, posters and flyers; be dazzled by materials from the 1980s and 1990s; and hear contemporary experiences of the London club scene.

£11 (adults), £7 (concessions)

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Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate

Open Wednesdays 10am - 6pm

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