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24/06/2022 - 25/09/2022

Mid C20th - Archive Show


The Partisan Coffee House: Radical Soho and the New Left

Mon-Wed: 10-6pm; Thu-Fri: 10-8pm (Late Opening); Sat: 10-6pm; Sun: 11-8pm

Founded in 1958 by radical historian Raphael Samuel, cultural theorist Stuart Hall and others, The Partisan was located at the centre of Soho’s coffee bar scene. Promoting itself as an ‘anti-espresso bar’, the Partisan was an earnest departure from the tawdry commercialism of the coffee bars, amidst the burgeoning youth culture of Soho’s streets.

This exhibition documents and celebrates the fascinating, yet little-known moment in post-war British political and cultural history. It brings together a series of photographs by renowned documentary photographer Roger Mayne, with materials drawn from the work of renowned letterpress printer Desmond Jeffery, graphic artist Germano Facetti, and the archive of Raphael Samuel.

Tickets: £5.00 (Concession: £2.50 )


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Soho 18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW