Following the success of their events in Catford and Beckenham, Sunday 20th May sees So Last Century Vintage & Retro Fair popping up in a new south London location, at a venue with an intriguing recent history.
Situated on the Tooting-Balham borders, the White Eagle Club serves the large Polish community in the area and has done so for around 40 years or more, but back in the 1960s it was known as the 211 Club and run by Freddie Foreman, an associate of the Krays.
The ballroom was often used for boxing matches and a casino operated in one of the rooms upstairs. Notorious gangster, Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie, was thrown out of the club in 1967 for threatening the croupier with a knife; a few months later, he was murdered by Reggie Kray.
Thankfully, these days, The White Eagle Club is a much more welcoming and friendly place!
Filling the long dancehall on 20th May will be a hand-picked selection of more than thirty-five of some of the best vintage dealers around. You can expect to find an abundance of mid-20th century and vintage delights, including wonderful lighting, furniture, decor and ceramics. There’ll be gorgeous French maps, antique flora, fauna and medical etchings too, plus lots of illustrations and prints. Top quality vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery, will be in abundance, and there’ll be brocante stalls and records to linger over, too.
You can take a well-deserved break from your browsing and treasure-hunting by enjoying a cup of tea, coffee (or perhaps something a little stronger), and a polish snack at the White Eagle Bar, or treat yourself and your friends to a delicious Polish Sunday brunch, or lunch, in the White Eagle Restaurant.
The venue is conveniently situated just five minutes' walk from both Tooting Bec tube and Balham tube and rail stations, so it's very easy to get to.
Don’t forget to follow them @solastc on social media to get in for less!
White Eagle Club
211 Balham High Road