Steve Bentel

The Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate embodied the cockney spirit in its 1960s heyday. Owned by a local prize-fighter, the club drew high profile celebrities and underworld figures. The club’s brief run introduced African American acts including Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and Nina Simone to East London youth. It is believed that Hendrix wrote the iconic ‘Purple Haze’ backstage.

Dr. George Gosling

George’s viewpoints will offer glimpses into the history of charity and community over the past few hundred years. They’ll include the story of Thomas Guy, who used his enormous wealth to found a new hospital just south of the Thames in the 1720s. Guy’s Hospital is a leading medical institution and still an impressive site today, so why was his statue hidden from sight in 2020?