Classic Cafes: Zippy Grill W12 #1

Enclaves of the '50s & 60s


The Zippy Grill on Goldhawk Road Shepherd's Bush is an almost perfect example of the 60s Wimpy-style cafe interior. In 1953 the first Wimpy ('the square meal in the round bun') was served at Wimbledon. Wimpy Bar franchises - hired from owner Eddie Gold who had 12 in Chicago - were introduced into special section of Lyons Corner Houses. By 1969 there were 460 Wimpy Cafes in the UK and eight in Oxford Street alone...

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