The Troubadour, in West London’s Earls Court, first opened in 1954 and has been host to legends like Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan in it’s time – all strumming snugly on The Club’s tiny stage downstairs.

Whilst the venue has expanded over the years to include The Garrett, which can sleep four people, a deli next door and a menu beatniks, pop-stars and the rich gratefully graze on, it’s latest offering is far more intimate. In a rather maverick move for place, last night was their 1950s themed Rock ‘n’ Roll poetry night with a fifties themed quiz afterwards. Perhaps – in true Troubadour style – it’s going up against the ‘Uncle Fagin’s Big Top Circus’; an open platform night of films, poetry, performance and improvisation run by the coolest kids from Central Saint Martins at the Soho Arts Club… Or the fact that the 50s are live and swinging with teens in East London – one bright night a week – at what is otherwise a strip joint in. Either way, the Beatniks are back, and London loves it.

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