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Duke Of Clarence


The Duke Of Clarence was situated at 203 Holland Park Avenue. Closed in 2001, it was eventually demolished in 2003.
Fabulous pub in the mid-1970s for live music. Every Sunday lunchtime from 1974 -1976 (and maybe later) was a steel band session. Fantastic atmosphere. Bar top made of leather. Curled up in the corners like a British Rail sandwich. Smelt like a real pub - beer, people and nicotine. Eel and whelk stall outside against the wall. 25p for half a pint of cockles.
Lindsay Jones (May 2011)
I was a regular at the Duke of Clarence in the early 1970s.
The first time I visited was when I played there as part of a lounge music duo in 1968. We used to play on Saturday nights.
Then in 1972 I was living locally and popped in one Wednesday to be confronted by a huge folk music session. The musicians set up around a table in the middle of the room and as more musicians arrived the circle would get bigger. The audience would stand or sit nearby and would join in all the songs. It was great. So great that I joined them a few weeks later and stayed for about 18 months. The pub had a small stage in the corner which the other bands would use. I remember that another Irish band played on Tuesday nights. They were a four or five piece band with a female singer and someone played the uilleann pipes. Our band (now renamed as Captain Swing) played on Wednesdays, an avant garde jazz group played on Thursday nights and a band called Starry Eyed and Laughing played on one of the other nights. They got a recording contract with CBS and released an album. Sunday afternoons were spent in the beer garden (weather permitting) reading the Sunday papers, drinking beer and generally chilling out.
Dave Clemo (March 2017)
Worked here as a barman in summer 1986. Landlord and landlady were Gianni and Gill Cozzolini (spelling?). Senior barman was an Irish guy called John Ryan. Lovely pub. One day Kid Jenson interviewed Frankie Goes To Hollywood in the pub conservatory for the upcoming Sky TV channel.
Don Faller (January 2020)
I married my wife from Trinidad in 1971. We went, along with my wife's 3 sisters, to the steel band sessions at the Duke of Clarence, held every Sunday lunchtime, off and on from 1972 to 1976. Always a great atmosphere, laid back and cosy. We would meet other Trinidadians there, then go on to house parties after 2:30 pm when the pub closed.
John Woodsford (September 2020)

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Bob Watson 1976-1986