Gerald Campion the actor best known for playing Billy Bunter, opened Gerry's Club in 1955 for actors requiring a late meal or an after-hours drink. "I'd run the club from 6pm till two in the morning - cooking, serving drinks, clearing up - then by eight I'd be at Lime Grove rehearsing for Bunter."
Originally on Shaftesbury Avenue, Gerry’s moved to Dean St in the 1980s. Under Campion, the membership book for Gerry's in the 1960s read like a Who's Who of British showbiz stars - Tony Hancock, John Gregson, Stanley Baker, Graham Hill, Ron Grainer, Wilfred Bramble and Galton and Simpson.
Since Michael took over Gerry's, as well as actors, the club attracted its fair share of journalists tempted in by the late, great Keith Waterhouse who styled himself as the Gerry’s ‘Recruitment Sargeant’! Close friend of Michael Dillon, the Fleet Street legend was a man whose plays have filled theatres in the West End and around the world. Keith’s brilliant works include Billy Liar and Jeffery Bernard is Unwell, which was based on a true story that happened in Gerry's Club. A well known set director and alcoholic (who shall go unnamed) fell asleep in the men's lavatory and woke up at 5am to find himself locked in. He found the phone and called Gerald Campion at home. Gerald immediately said 'don't touch a fucking drop, I'll be there in 10 minutes'.
We don’t like to shout about our current crop of members, suffice to say they’re a talented group of stage and screen stars who like a bit of discretion on a night out.