4th June 2004
Crawford Place, London W1H 4LQ
The Handlebar Club
Naturally you’d expect to find a guardsman on duty outside Windsor Castle. However, we’re not talking about the inherited grand residence of some extremely wealthy elderly woman, oh no: this is a pub in a quiet Marylebone side street we’re talking about here.
Not any old pub, mind – this Windsor Castle is famous for its extraordinary interior, with every inch of wall covered in photos and memorabilia: there are commemorative mugs and jugs everywhere, masses of Royal Family stuff (of course), and, once a month, the establishment plays host to the members of the Handlebar Club. And it has a guardsman – just not a living one.
This venerable institution for chaps with ‘taches (and as far as I know there are, as yet, no female members) was formed in 1947 (when moustaches were moustaches) and for many years members have gathered here at the Windsor Castle on the first Friday of each month to socialise, discuss the latest accessories and pour scorn on the vogue for all things Beard.
Our genial companion on the left here is none other than the infamous Michael ‘Atters’ Attree: artist, bon viveur, performer and Chap about town, channeling the spirits (in many ways) of the legendary Terry Thomas and Leslie Phillips.