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2. The Cat’s Whisker

The Cat’s Whisker was a coffee bar in the 1950s which played rock ‘n’ roll and skiffle, and which saw the invention of ‘hand jiving’, a form of dancing which was said to have been started due to the lack of space in the club. The bar was started by entrepreneur Peter Evans and was one of the first in London to have a juke box.

Previous images and above: Photographs taken in the Cat’s Whisker by Ken Russell, 1957. Courtesy Topfoto.

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