Historic Earl’s Court live music pub and restaurant the Troubadour has been put up for sale largely due to neighbours’ complaints about noise, according to Caterer & Hotelkeeper. This last redoubt of bohemianism in the SWs, rumoured to be the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s album of the same name, could reportedly sell for £225,000 for three leasehold properties (plus ground rent of £150,000 a year).
It is currently owned by Simon and Susie Thornhill, who have operated the site since 1998. Susie told Caterer that noise complaints, as well as the closure of the Earl’s Court exhibition centre, had been factors in their decision. She believes that the Troubadour should remain a live music venue however.
Since it opened in 1954 the “quirky” café and basement gig spot has hosted plenty of the greats and is a piece of 60s history in itself. Stars including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Jimi Hendrix, as well as modern acts Adele and Ed Sheeran have played there.