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Six Bells

Picture source: Chris Amies


The Six Bells was situated at 197 King's Road and is now a Henry J Bean's restaurant. Publican in 1795 was John Martin Deschlein.
I wish they wouldn't do that. My friend Peter and I were in London after many years in Canada and agreed to meet up at the Six Bells on Thursday and compare notes. After cabbing up and down King's Road, I couldn't find anyone who had heard of it and began to think I was in the Twilight Zone especially when I asked a bobby (who was shorter and more musclebound than the ones I remember) and he looked at me and then at my girlfriend who was taking a picture of him and snarled  'Ere you woont be miking a gime of me woodjoo Guv'nor? which I didn't really understand but he looked so pissed off that I beat a hasty apologetic retreat and we never saw Peter again till we got back to Vancouver.
Bullus Hutton
In the early 1900s it was the local pub for a set of artists including Augustus John,  Martin Shaw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Shaw_(composer) and Edward Gordon Craig, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Gordon_Craig who both lived opposite at Trafalgar Studios.   
Craig wrote to Martin Shaw from the Continent in 1905 
"Im coming over one day specially to see you
Im sure an hour at the 6 Bells would do us all the funny good in the world.
Isobel Platings, Martin Shaws grand-daughter (April 2017)

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