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1980s-themed nightclub paying homage to Margaret Thatcher to open in Chelsea

Picture 4 As a devotee of both Margaret Thatcher and the music of the 1980s, the decade of my childhood, I am somewhat excited (thanks to Christian May's Twitter feed) to have just discovered this article which I missed in Friday's Evening Standard :

Nightclub entrepreneurs Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling are soon to launch Maggie’s, a new Eighties-inspired club in Chelsea, in honour of Lady Thatcher... Lucky club-goers will hear famous speeches from the Iron Lady playing in the loos. Thatcher memorabilia will vie for space on the walls, along with such paraphernalia as A Team action men and A-ha platinum discs. Timmy Mallet, John McEnroe and Bananarama will be depicted in a giant mural.

Gilkes, who is also behind the clubs Barts and Kitts, explains: “Duncan and I love the general style and music of the Eighties but have always found Eighties nights to be cheesy and naff. We wanted to create somewhere which totally encapsulates the period, from its history to its music, drinks and style, where people can relive or indeed live this amazing decade for the first time. We want to open a nightclub that transcends politics but it will be open in time for the general election.”

I feared that this story about my dream venue might have been a spoof or an early April fool, but this website would indicate that Maggie's is for real. I look forward to seeing many of you on the Fulham Road some time soon...

Jonathan Isaby


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