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Famous Queenstown Road coffee stall visited by Rolling Stones and The Beatles saved from closure

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A coffee stall once frequented by the Rolling Stones and The Beatles has been saved from losing its license. The future of Chelsea Bridge Coffee Stall, in Queenstown Road, was uncertain following complaints by people living in Chelsea Bridge Wharf over noise and litter.

But Wandsworth councillors voted last night to preserve the license, after a petition signed by more than 700 people to save the stall was presented. Complaints were made to the council over noise, litter and anti-social behaviour by 27 members of the Chelsea Bridge Wharf Residents Association. Neighbours said people urinated on stairs close to the river and customers were kicking balls against their lift. The stall, which has been open since the 1940s, was a famous meeting spot for rockers known as the Chelsea Bridge Boys during the 1960s. Renato Di Paola has been the license owner for about two years, with a 24 hour trading license being in place for over 45 years. He said: "We do have a lot of residents in favour of us and haven't got a problem with us, there is some that have got a problem with us. "We get all sorts, it is really there for the community. Police officers, underground workers, taxi drivers, young people that have gone out, ambulance drivers all come here."

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Source: Your Local Gurardian.co.uk

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