The Busy Bee was an out of town Transport Café popular with Rockers and swamped by motorcycles in the evening. Situated on the Watford bypass, the Busy Bee became the Beehive Hotel and subsequently the Hilton National. There was a rumour that a 'mod' strayed off course into the Busy Bee for a cuppa only to later find that his scooter had been 'accidentally' consigned to Carlisle under a tarpaulin on the back of a flat-bed truck. The Busy Bee Motorcycle Club has been in existence since 1994 and includes members from some of the original “Cowboys” of the “Busy Bee”.
Notorious Rockers café at Stonebridge Park, Wembley. Motorcyclists used to hold 'time trials' between the 'Ace' and 'Neasden Roundabout' on the North Circular Road sometimes using a record playing on the jukebox as a timer! The Ace gave way to a Fast Fit Tyre bay and the roundabout at Neasden was removed to cope with today's heavy traffic. The Ace has now been restored to it's rightful former glory as a motorcycle café venue. In addition to marking its 80th year in 2018, the Ace has international recognition._________________________________
The ‘59’ was a ton-up Vicar's youth club in Hackney. Attracted many followers from the 'Ace'. Managed by the late Rev. Bill Shergold, the club is affectionately known by London riders as 'The Vic's Caff'!".The 59 Club badge soon became an icon of the 1960’s youth culture that has continued to this day.
One of the local haunts of the 60s for Greenford and Northolt bikers was the Lady Margaret Café at the Greenford end of the Lady Margaret Road. It had a jukebox and an early Italian frothy coffee machine ably operated by Roy the proprietor. I remember a real character called Johnny Evans who used to sing along with the hits of the day. (Click here for example from era)Johnny also used to arrange trips out in his old classic cars to the seaside or other bikers’ meeting places.