Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Plaque of the Week No.111: Jimi Hendrix

Return of the Plaque of the Week!

Our Plaque of the Week series returns for a 12 week run…

You've seen them all over the city: discs, tablets, cameos and plaques commemorating the great and the good of London Town. Wednesday is our new day for tracking down London plaques (Blue or otherwise) and putting them centre stage on the Daily Constitutional. This week…

Tucked away behind Carnaby Street, Kingly Street was once a hidden, backstage area for the tailoring trade on Savile Row.

The 60s changed all that. With the arrival of John Stephen, the famous Glasgow-born gents outfitter – the man who introduced Levi jeans to these islands – and his empire of clothes shops, Carnaby Street became world famous in the 1960s.

With musicians forming the bulk of the high-spending clientele, it was only a matter of time before they started socialising nearby, too.

The Bag O Nails provided food and drink as well as live music. Perhaps the most famous purveyor of the latter is…

A second plaque on the modern Bag O Nails relates that Paul McCartney met his first wife Linda here.

The name Bag O’ Nails is not uncommon in the world of English pubs. Legend has it that the name is a corruption of “Bacchanals” – the rites and festivals enacted in honour of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. It is more likely, however, that the name derives from a sign once used by ironmongers.

The Rock’n’Roll London walk goes every Friday at 2.00pm. From 1st May 2013 there also a ROCK’N’ROLL LONDON PUB WALK on Wednesday nights at 7:00p.m. Both walks meet at Tottenham Court Road Station (exit 3).

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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


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