Eel Pie Island

History

Eel Pie Island rose to fame as a hub for British rock n' roll. During the summer of 1963 you could see the Rolling Stones play there every Wednesday. The Who, Pink Floyd and Screaming Lord Sutch also all did gigs at the Eel Pie Island Hotel, a rickety nineteenth-century ballroom that was lost to a fire in 1971. It was a place for counter-culturalists, writers, musicians and audience alike.

Eel Pie Hotel 

Where does the name come from?

The pies are a little thin on the ground, but it is a real island. The name comes from eel pies that were served at the inn on the island. You may be searching high and low to find an eel pie now but you can still visit! The little Twickenham mudflat has 26 artists’ studios on it, and can only be reached by a cute footbridge that arches over the Thames.

What's it like now?

Today Eel Pie’s community is made up of painters, writers and potters studios built around an old boatyard. A similar crowd that inhabited the island in the 60's. It sounds like an artist paradise but it is still a little rough around the edges- in the most charming way. The public path to the studios is scattered with undressed mannequin torsos, thick curls of boating rope, rusty hulls and plants wearing top hats. Stepping onto the island truly transports you.

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