This is the Roundhouse pub and if you were a merchant seaman in the 1940’s to 1960’s it was world famous. Situated close to the gates of the King George V docks in London it rivalled the other two seaman’s pubs, the Railway and The Steps, these were at the Royal Victoria & Albert docks close by.
Seamen of every nationality congregated there, you never knew what you would find inside. There could be a fight in one corner whilst a steward from a passenger liner, in full drag, was standing on the little stage in the other corner giving a great rendition of ’ All I want is a room somewhere ’ from My Fair Lady. He/she was making such a good job of it that two or three seamen would be wiping their eyes and crying into their beer !
I used to go out with one of the barmaids, I can still remember her name – it was Joan. Wonder what she looks like now ?
Sometimes you would even see toffs from the flash parts of London acquiring some real culture !!
I am proud of the fact that I served in the biggest merchant navy that the world has ever seen in fact there was an expression in those days that if you were sacked from a ship, never mind, there were more ships than church steeples. Of course all this was to end within a few years.
This was in another life of mine long, long, ago but will never be forgotten.