one day at a time…
Thursday, 18 March 2004

Pix Of The Day: Ace Cultural Icon Resurrected
CREDIT: © Ace Cafe/Ace-Cafe-London.com
WHERE: London, England. WHAT: resurrected biker HQ café.
MAP: London A40/A406 junction, and Ace Cafe directions.
Thumbnail clicks pop-up [1-2] historical or [3-4] contemporary source pages.
Ace Cafe, London, 1969 © Ace CafeThe Scorpions © Paul TrudelleAce Cafe, London, 2003 interior © Ace CafeAce Cafe, London, exterior 2003 © Ace Cafe
The words 'Ace Cafe', spoken to a British biker, have a similar effect to the word 'Sturgis', spoken to an American biker. The café of that name (the acute accent seems pretentiously affected for a word pronounced 'caffy' or 'caff' in this context) situated on London's North Circular (which translates as Orbital, Beltway, or Tangentziale etc depending where you are from) was the unofficial HQ for post WWII Brit bikers.

After falling on hard times, the cafe has returned to its former glory. Now its past and present are documented on the Ace-Cafe-London.com web site, which works on many different levels: it is a social & economic history tutor, cultural primer, and good time guide if you are so inclined. If you dig deep (once again, we wished there had been a consolidated picture gallery), you will be rewarded by a rich profusion of images.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)