The Ace Café in London is a busy meeting place famed for its love of motorcycles, cars and rock ’n’ roll. Situated just off the North Circular and with a decent history of events already under its belt; as an integral part of Wembley heritage, it’s not to be missed by anyone visiting the area.
Originally founded in 1938, the Ace Café has enjoyed a long and prosperous history. It was originally conceived as a simple convenience stop for people travelling along the North Circular. However its talent for attracting music and vehicle fans soon launched its reputation into the stratosphere.
With the 1950s and 60s came the Ton Up Boys and the Rockers; two groups who helped to cement its importance on the scene. Structural issues caused by bomb damage in the Second World War were quickly overcome in 1939, and it continued to successfully function until 1969 when it relocated to the Scratchwood Services. Following a two decade long hiatus, in 1997 the Ace Café re-launched to become what it is today: a bustling setting for music events compounded by a sheer love for engineering. If nothing else, the Ace Café has experience on its side.
Besides its impressive running time, why is it so special? To know the answer to that, you only have to look at one of multiple iconic photographs taken at the venue. The building and road outside are regularly overcome by enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes, and as a venue it’s played host to some of the most important motorcycling and car-based events in British history.
Part of the Ace Café’s success is down to its ideal location just off the North Circular; something that inspired its invention in the first place. It’s also within easy access of other key tourist destinations, including the London Motorcycle Museum and Wembley Stadium. Its nearest station, Stonebridge Park, is connected to London via the capital’s overground system and it’s also connected to central London by bus.
If you’re thinking of gearing up and getting down to the Ace Café, you may need help navigating the multiple events listed on the official website. From DJs to conferences, cultural exhibits to a good old knees up – customers are always spoiled for choice. And if you’re still stuck for something to do? Well, there’s always the café itself…
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