|Location||309 Harrow Road, London|
The Windsor Castle is a former public house on Harrow Road, Maida Vale, London. It was a seminal rock venue throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with notable early performances from The Rolling Stones, The Who and U2. Despite now being derelict, the building is a designated heritage asset.
The Windsor Castle became a music venue in the 1960s. It is renowned for early gigs by the Rolling Stones and The Who. Other bands who played there and who went on to achieve mainstream success include Dr. Feelgood, The Jam, U2 and the Psychedelic Furs
From the mid 1970s, the entertainment on offer at the Windsor Castle also included exotic dancers and striptease performers who performed in the main pub area. The pub was exceptionally busy at Friday and Sunday lunchtimes when the Windsor Castle turned into a strip pub. In the 21st century, they decided to separate the family pub area from the strip pub area by converting part of the upstairs area of the premises into a strip club in an attempt to increase revenue. This failed and the pub finally closed in 2009.
The building has subsequently been used for office accommodation and short term lodgings. An application to demolish it was rejected in early 2011. It currently remains derelict.
- The Rolling Stones
- The Who
- Iron Maiden – were banned from the venue after an argument with the management 
- The Cure
- Dr. Feelgood
- The Jam
- Psychedelic Furs
- The Stranglers
- Dexys Midnight Runners – played their debut London gig
- The Ruts
- The Incredible Kidda Band
- Tubeway Army
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