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Days Out in London - Football Auction and the Bobby Moore Lounge

I bring you news that English football fans will love of a 1966 World Cup pop-up bar and an auction of unique memorabilia from the winning England football team.


Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



Last week I was invited to the Bobby Moore pop-up bar which will only be open until the end of July. Featuring never before seen photos of the 1966 team at The Royal Garden Hotel and some unique memorabilia it's a chance to revel in some nostalgia of England's World Cup victory fifty years ago.

Behind the bar, men were serving drinks dressed in replica red football tops, on the walls were rarely seen photos and pictures of the team and on display was memorabilia including items that can be bid for in an auction.

Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


Items such as a signed golden football, '66 winners signed golden boot, golden gloves and a replica silver FA Charity Shield were all on display.

Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac



Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac

All proceeds from the auction will be going to fund research into bowel cancer, the silent killer that took Bobby Moore's life 23 years ago. The silent auction runs until the end of July 2016 and can be accessed via the website www.bobbymoorelounge.com.

There are over twenty-five prizes including a Terry O’Neill portrait of Bobby and Franz Beckenbauer, signed by all three; signed Geoff Hurst World Cup final ticket; Bobby Moore golf clubs and signed photos, as well as 1966 newspaper clippings.

Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


Perhaps the most exciting item of all for true English football fans is the chance to meet and have your picture taken with some of the team at the end of the month. Five of the highest bidders will win a signed 1966 jersey, meet Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, George Cohen and Gordon Banks and have their picture taken with them and the Jules Rimet trophy.

On the night I visited the bar, Bobby Moore's biographer Jeff Powell stood up to say a few words. He shared some great memories of his friendship with Bobby and the significance of the Royal Garden Hotel, where the pop-up bar has been opened.

Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


Alongside the 50th anniversary of England's footballing victory, the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington is also celebrating its 50th birthday.

Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac

Fifty years ago the Royal Garden Hotel had been newly built and was the Hotel of choice for the England football team to enjoy their celebratory dinner. The Hotel photographer at the time took some great photos of the team larking about and of the crowds gathered at the Hotel entrance to applaud the victorious team.

For me, the highlight of the night was listening to the General Manager, Jonathan Lowrey sharing his own memories of watching the match as a young boy with his dad. The 1966 World Cup win was a huge moment for many people and this bar and auction is a great way to revel in those memories.


Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac


For more information on the Bobby Moore Lounge and The Royal Garden Hotel’s anniversary celebrations, visit: http://www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk/50years


Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac




Bobby Moore auction and bar in London, photo by Modern Bric a Brac

With thanks to the Royal Garden Hotel for inviting me to their pop-up bar. My views my own.

Bobby Moore Lounge, Royal Garden Hotel, 2 - 24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT

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