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The Hammersmith Palais lasted nearly a century as a top spot for nighttime fun. Nights at the Palais reflected the ever-changing demographic makeup of West London and led to cross-cultural interactions of many varieties.
Billy Walker’s Upper Cut Club
Billy Walker’s Upper Cut Club was an East London hot spot for a brief but glorious run. It served as an important site for inter-racial encounters, but it did little to eliminate racial tensions in Forest Gate.
South Africa House Continuous Picket
The City of London Anti-Apartheid Group organised a continuous picket outside of South Africa’s embassy in the late 1980s and ruffled the feathers of both the police and the national Anti Apartheid Movement.
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Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Esher Place
Only the gatehouse of the once lavish Esher Place remains, but step back in time to imagine the palace in its prime. It was a house of exile for Cardinal Wolsey and a place of mourning for Henry VIII, before serving as a private residence for the remainder of the sixteenth century. It even witnessed an early seventeenth century exorcism.