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In pictures: The Cafe Royal

Cafe Royal in Piccadilly, London, 1953

The Cafe Royal in London's Regent Street is closing its doors after 143 years.

Interior of the Cafe Royal, 1935

The furniture and memorabilia from the historic venue are due to be auctioned off at Bonhams auction house.

Page boys, 1963

Three hotel page boys can be seen here relaxing in 1963.

A dinner for Richmond Keele Esquire, 1903

The Cafe Royal was patronised by writers, artists, politicians and royalty from the moment it opened.

Cafe Royal 1924

The Girl Who Ordered A Glass Of Milk At The Cafe Royal, by the well-known artist HM Bateman, shows a blushing young woman regretting her decision to order milk at the fashionable cafe in 1924.

Fanny Cradock, 1956

Television cookery expert Fanny Cradock, during a competition in 1956.

J Paul Getty and Mary Teissier

American millionaire J Paul Getty and his friend Mary Teissier were among those who attended a party at the Cafe Royal to celebrate its centenary in 1965.

 Cilla Black (left), Cliff Richard and Lulu

The Cafe Royal hosted many award ceremonies. Here Cilla Black (left), Cliff Richard and Lulu show off their awards at the Disc and Music Echo Valentine Awards ceremony in 1970.


The International Whaling Commission conference at the Cafe Royal in 1979 prompted a crowd of Save The Whale demonstrators to gather opposite the building.

Arsenal Captain Joe Mercer

Winning Arsenal captain Joe Mercer takes a sip from the FA Cup during the team's celebratory after-match meal at the Cafe Royal in 1950.

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