Blue Gardenia Club – Fact or Fiction?

I’d just about given up on finding the Blue Gardenia Club, and consigned it to the imagination of Sam Leach, when again it is mentioned in a book! According to Sam, the Beatles went to the club in the early hours of December 10th 1961, after playing in Aldershot, in front of 18 people. Rather than go back to Liverpool, the Beatles and Sam went to the club, which was run by Brian Cassar, formerly of Cass and Cassanovas. At least some of the Beatles got on stage with the house band, making it the first time they had played in the capital.

I’ve been trying to trace the location of the club for over 20 years, but never found proof where it was. I was beginning to think Sam made the whole thing up. However, I was reading Jim Berkenstadt‘s great book ‘The Beatle that Vanished’ – about Jimmie Nicol, which states Jimmie was in the house band there! Berkenstadt quotes famed guitarist  Albert Lee who says “We would go there after the 2 I’s and play until the early hours in Soho.”

Unfortunately, the book does not say the exact location of the club. However, my curiosity has been aroused again, and I will keep searching!

6 thoughts on “Blue Gardenia Club – Fact or Fiction?”

  1. Blue Gardenia Club was a small drinking place at St Anne’s Court is an alleyway that connects Dean Street and Wardour Street.

    The Beatles are photographed there in the alleyway.

    1. Almost certainly it wasn’t in St Anne’s Court – and certainly not in the building some tour guides state! They were photographed by Dezo Hoffman in Rupert Court, by his studio. St Anne’s Court is where Trident Studios is located.
      A while ago a lady came into the Beatles Coffee Shop and told me the Blue Gardenia Club was a regular hangout of hers, and was in Wardour Mews, in the same building as a club called ‘Take Five’. This seems the most likely location, but I still need to find absolute proof.

  2. Thank you, Richard. I asked someone who not only is a huge fan of the Beatles, but also a Soho aficionado. Awaiting his reply. Maybe he knows something on this subject?

  3. I too am diligently searching for the location of the Blue Gardenia.. So while we seem to all know that it was somewhere on St Annes Court… For what it’s worth, Beatle Bible places it quite some distance down the Alley from Wardour St… I am very anxiously anticipating any definitive update

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