The Scots Hoose

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The Scots Hoose was a pub, now disappeared, at Cambridge Circus in London's Charing Cross Road, founded as "The George & Thirteen Cantons"[1] in or before 1759,[2] and later, by 1975, known as "The Spice of Life".[3]

In the 1950s and 1960s it had one of Britain's most celebrated folk clubs in its upstairs room,[4] run by Bruce Dunnet,[5] that featured some of the greatest names of the folk revival, such as Bert Jansch, Al Stewart, Davey Graham, Ralph McTell, Roy Harper,[6] Sandy Denny,[7] Ewan MacColl[8] and The Young Tradition.[5] The club operated under various names, including "The Young Tradition".[3]


  1. ^ Larwood, Jacob; John Camden Hotten (1951) [1866]. English inn signs: being a revised and modernized version of History of signboards. Chatto and Windus. p. 278. OCLC 785385. 
  2. ^ Committee for the Survey of the Memorials of Greater London (1966). Survey of London, Volume 33. University of London for the London County Council. p. 205. OCLC 53051349. 
  3. ^ a b Laing, Dave; et al. (1975). The Electric muse: the story of folk into rock. Methuen. pp. 89–90. ISBN 978-0-413-31860-2. 
  4. ^ "A Celebration of Peter Bellamy". The Living Tradition. September–October 1999. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Obituaries: Bruce Dunnet". The Independent. 23 March 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Brocken, Michael (2003). The British folk revival, 1944-2002. Ashgate Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-7546-3282-5. 
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (1995). The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music, Volume 2. Guinness. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-56159-176-3. 
  8. ^ Harker, David (1985). Fakesong: the manufacture of British "folksong" 1700 to the present day. Open University Press. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-335-15066-3. 

Coordinates: 51°30′48″N 0°07′47″W / 51.5134°N 0.1298°W / 51.5134; -0.1298