Boeuf sur le Toit

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Le Boeuf sur le Toit (French for "The ox on the roof"; named after a famous restaurant in Paris) was a gay nightclub in Orange Street, Soho. It was "the most luxurious and fashionable 'Gay' club in wartime London" and was known in the 1930s as “Molly’s”.[1]

"But the best was Le Boeuf sur le Toit, beautifully furnished. Leonard Blackett at the piano, Teddy Jackson owned it... After the war ... Dolly [Mayers] bought the Boeuf and changed its name to the Romilly Club which is where Guy [Burgess] fell down the stairs and had to go to hospital. Someone pushed him actually."[2]

See Timeline of West End Bars and Clubs.


  2. Jack Hewitt, Sunday Times magazine, 7 April 1991. Quoted in On Queer Street by Hugh David.