Heaven & Hell

By Antony Clayton

Next to the 2i’s at 57 Old Compton Street was the Heaven & Hell Coffee Lounge, which opened early in 1956.  Originally a popular resort that posed a threat to its then-ailing neighbour, it was soon to be eclipsed by the ‘home of the stars’.  Owned by Eric Lindsay and Ray Jackson this establishment consisted of the ‘heaven’ of the brightly lit, white-painted ground floor coffee bar and the ‘hell’ of a darker, atmospheric, subterranean room lit by red-eyed devil masks along the walls.  Like its neighbour it also offered live music and one of the resident groups playing in the underworld of the cellar was appropriately called the Ghouls.

This page was added by Tim Devitt on 29/03/2010.
Comments about this page

I remember that Heaven & Hell had grills in the wall in the basement where you could hear the music from the 2I's next door. It was cheaper to listen in the Heaven & Hell than pay the full price in the 2I's. Heaven & Hell's basement entry price also included a free Coka Cola.

By ray
On 20/03/2014

wheres a photo of heaven and hell please

By jennifer hughes
On 20/03/2014

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