The Leather Boys, 1964


Sidney J Furie


visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Visit: the Ace Café, Ace Corner, North Circular Rd, Stonebridge, London NW10 7UD (tel: 020.8961.1000)


The Ace Cafe is also featured in truckers drama Hell Drivers

The Leather Boys filming location: Ace Cafe, London

The Leather Boys filming location: Ace Cafe, London

The marriage of young Reggie (Colin Campbell) to Dot (Rita Tushingham) is rocky enough, when gay biker Pete (Dudley Sutton) comes along to confuse the poor lad in this slice of working class Sixties life, filmed entirely on location by Canadian Sidney J Furie.

The holiday camp in which Reggie and Dot spend their less-than-idyllic honeymoon is the old Butlins Camp at Bognor Regis on the south coast of West Sussex. If you fancy it, there’s still a Butlins on the site, though by the sound of it – “three contemporary resort hotels, a funky spa, restaurant by a celebrity chef...” – it’s changed just a little bit.

The biker café was the Ace Cafť on London’s North Circular Road. Built as a lorry stop in 1938, and rebuilt in 1949, its 24-hour service led to it becoming a legendary biker hangout.

It closed its doors as a café in 1969, to reopen as a tyre warehouse, but after a long campaign, the Ace was bought and is now open again. It’s on the A406 North Circular Road at Beresford Avenue, near Stonebridge Park tube station.


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