Ace Cafe London
The Ace Cafe London is a former transport cafe in Stonebridge, north west London, England which has been extensively redeveloped becoming a functions and entertainment venue. It is historically a notable venue in motorcycle culture which originally operated from 1938 until 1969, then re-opened on the original site in 1997.
Ace Cafe opened in 1938 to accommodate traffic on the new North Circular Road. Because the cafe was open 24 hours a day, it started to attract motorcyclists. It became popular with the Ton Up Boys in the 1950s and the Rockers in the 1960s and was where the motorcycling priest Bill Shergold came to invite them to the 59 Club.
Events in the post-war environment made the Ace a success: the emergence of the teenager; increase in traffic; and the British motorcycle industry at its peak. Many young people started to meet at the cafe with their motorcycles and listen to rock'n'roll. Many bands and motorcycle enthusiast groups formed there.
The cafe closed in 1969 and part of the building became a tyre sales and fitting shop (Beresford Road end). The other end was occupied by a vehicle delivery company.
Rocker Reunions and refurbishment
Following the success of the Rocker Reunion movement and discussions with its founder and original 59 Club member Len Paterson, the first Ace Cafe Reunion was organised by Mark Wilsmore and held in 1994. As with the Rocker Reunion Runs, it attracted as many as 12,000 revivalists and the cafe was reopened in 1997, with complete refurbishment completed by 2001. Rockers and motorcyclists from all over the world go to the Ace to share stories, fix bikes and see the legend. It is no longer open 24-hours but the cafe now has an extensive calendar of events for both motorbike and car owners. It also puts on live music and DJ's, and is approved for weddings and civil partnerships.
Film and media
In the past it has been used for the Channel 5 TV programme Fifth Gear in the seasons 10 to 13 (September 2006 until March 2008), and for ITV programme Used Car Roadshow. It has also featured in the BBC television series By Any Means with Charley Boorman; mentioned as a favourite for Ewan McGregor by his wife in the documentary, Long Way Down; and the 2008 film Freebird.
- The Rev William Shergold: biker priest, The Times, 23 May 2009
- The Ace Cafe on local authority website
- Raymond Murray, Images in the dark: an encyclopedia of gay and lesbian film and video, TLA Publications, 1994, ISBN 1-880707-01-2, p.414
-  Stills from Car SOS episode 9, featuring Ace Cafe
-  Film production crew at Ace Cafe
- Ace Cafe wins top prize at Brent's Best Bar None awards, Brent, 21 September 2009
- Ramsey, Winston. The Ace Cafe Then and Now, 2002. ISBN 978-1-870067-43-0
- Stuart, Johnny; (1987). Rockers!. Plexus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-85965-125-8
- Duckworth, Mick, (2011). "Ace Times". Redline Books. ISBN 978-0-9555278-6-9
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- Official website
- Wild Ones - The Ace Cafe and Youth Culture: 1955-65 (images from 2007 Brent Museum exhibition)
- "Coming of Age at the Ace Cafe - Exhibition at the Coventry Transport Museum, June–October 2011". Coventry Transport Museum. 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-26.