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The Kings Head and Dive Bar, Chinatown [Closed] - pub details


Kings Head and Dive Bar
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Address: 48, Gerrard St, London, W1D 5QJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 870) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Leicester Square (0.1 miles), Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles)

Nearest train stations London Charing Cross (0.4 miles), London Waterloo (1 mile), London Waterloo East (1.1 miles)

> Current user rating: 7.3/10 (rated by 34 users)
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I worked both upstairs and downstairs from 1997 to 2000. I have so many lovely memories - but like my life at the time - all memories are quite hazy! Still got so much love in my heart for Michael and Terry, my first london parents lol. Shots of tequilla together behind the bar towards the end of the shift before going out dancing with M. The first thing T said to me was that he could tell a lot about me from my shoes, which were platform buffalos. I have some lovely photos from those days. Such good times, really felt like a family. I left London and didn’t go back for years. Always wanted to find Michael and thank him for everything… is he still at The Blue Posts?
Clairebeth - 6 Jun 2024 22:13
When I met my partner, Bob, in 1972, he was working part-time (evenings) in the Dive Bar. I got a job upstairs for 2 or 3 evenings a week. May and George were great. I remember them going out one night, all dressed up in evening dress and furs (May) for a boxing match in the East End. They were from Aldgate, originally.

The Dive Bar was gay, or most of the staff were. Paul, Bryan, John from Enfield and Ron. Tony and Sue, Vera and Andy were regular customers. It was not always very busy down there! The staff all drank CC & Coke.

Upstairs could be quiet too. Regulars there were Rose & Marie (the latter over 70 and still "on the game"), Chinese dealers and bent coppers. Highlight of the night was when the dance troupe and their dresser came in from the Talk of the Town on their "tea break".

Alan Lake used to come in looking for Diana (Dors).

Oh, happy days!

We now live in Spain but have fond memories of our 4 years at the Kings Head. We still use the egg spoons from a breakfast set May gave us when we got together.
johnash - 17 Oct 2010 19:06
Thought I would add a post in 2010 to keep it alive. I used to work there late 80's for about 3 years I reckon, upstairs one night with the super Michael (now in his own pub The Blue Posts in Rupert Street) & more often than not downstairs with fab Tel, some super nights there, enjoyed it so much. Hi to all those who read this with fond memories ( although not of the toilets!). Maybe see you in The Blue Posts one day. adam
Adam1964 - 14 Mar 2010 18:28
I was visiting london for work last week and was shocked to see it had been replaced by another restaurant. I worked there for a couple of years back in the early nighties.. the place was a special place, George and Mae were a wonderful couple - its sad to here he's passed away - i'll always remember him coming down stairs to the upstairs bar and spending ten minutes winding up the morning club (local gentlemans club manager, his head barman, a local classy prostitute and believe it or not occasionally the milk man) once they'd bitten he'd dissapear back upstairs hahaha.

Its also very sad to hear Terry has died - he was such a gentle loving person with a great sense of humour - without him the dive bar wouldnt have been the same - the same goes for Micheal who was managing the upstairs bar at the time - ill be sure to pass by your new place on my next visit :)

the first time i wondered into the dive bar i didnt know what was hidden behind the old doors downstairs - as soon as i opened them there just a thong of people and fantastic music...i liked it so much i went back a week later and enquired about a job - no luck - then two weeks later they called me and it was some of the best working years of my life - thanks to all of the people who worked there and the regulars who made the place so unique

Mike if you read this its mike m who moved to edinburgh - i've now been in amsterdam for the last 8 years drop me a mail
dharmasoul - 19 Nov 2007 16:43
Although not actually demolished. Only the facade remains. The entire building was gutted inside. The stairs down to the Dive are now an Air Conditioning outlet. Very Sad. (rating for when still open.)
JohnnyCrow - 10 May 2007 16:54

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