For years Carnaby was the place to be if you were a creative in search of inspiration. Carnaby earned its credentials during the 1960s with vibrant clashes of colour, new cultures, exciting new music and a rebellious identity, there was nowhere else like it in London. Music stars including Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and style icons Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor were all Carnaby Street regulars.
Cranks vegetarian restaurant opened in Carnaby in 1961
Lord John, which went on to become an international chain of menswear shops, first opened at 43 Carnaby Street in 1964 by Warren Gold.
Time magazine first described London as the ‘swinging city’ on 15 April 1966.
To promote the opening of new boutique ‘Tom Cat’, owner Irvine Sellar asked Tom Jones to walk down Carnaby Street with ‘Casino Royale’ actress Christine Spooner and a cheetah. – 1966.
The Kinks ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion, talking about the ‘Carnabetian Army’ was released in 1966.
Henry Moss & Harry Fox opened womenswear boutique Lady Jane at 29 Carnaby Street with girls changing in the shop windows, which resulted in Mr Fox being arrested for obstructing the highway due to the crowds it drew.
1967 – Jimi Hendrix wore a military jacket bought at ‘I was Lord Kitchener’s Valet’
Paul McCartney meets Linda on 15 May at Bag O’ Nails Club, 9 Kingly Street.