We told you last week about our discovery of the re-emergence of The Black Room society, a long-defunct, elite group active in 1940s Hollywood, and their recent underground recruitment drive to gather new members in London. We’ve since been trying to find out more and have managed to track down Mr Stanford, a studio boss at Temple Studios and director of The Black Room, and asked him for his five London secret spots. Well, tracked down is a vast overstatement. Very few people claim to have ever met Stanford and he sent us these answers on a handwritten letter dropped into Time Out Towers. Rumour has it that his namesake funded the original Muybridge film of the running horse and he’s been a key member in re-establishing The Black Room after the communism crackdown disbanded it in the 1940s. Plus it’s his role to decide who gets initiated into The Black Room. Basically, he’s a big deal and you probably shouldn’t mess with him.
Here are his five secret London spots:
1. Hunterian Museum, WC2
An 18th Century surgeon’s collection of specimens, fossils, drawings and implements.
2. The Great Eastern Hotel, EC2
A beautiful hotel with some hidden treasures for those that love temples and secrets.
3. Carlton Cinema, N1
A striking, Grade 2 listed building designed by George Coles.
4. The Flamingo Club, Wardour St
The finest jazz club ever to grace sixties Soho.
5. Hodd Barnes and Dickens Optometrist, EC2
London’s oldest independent optometrist.
Want to know more? You’ll need to join at timeout.com/blackroom.