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Spanish Rooms Fire

The scene of one of the most devastating fires in Londons past.


This location, recently demolished as part of the crossrail project, was where a late night club resided on the top floor.

Shortly after 2:30am, on the 16th August 1980, John 'The Gypsy' Thompson, a Scottish-born small-time gangster accused the barman of overcharging him for a drink.

Aggrieved, Thompson took a cab to an all-night petrol station in Camden, 20 minutes away, returning with a can of petrol. He poured it through the letterbox and lit the match.

The ensuing fire ripped through the premises killing 37 from all over the world:

AGUIRE Sylvia
BARRIOS Alvaro
BOUGH Pamela
BULATI Beiddredin
CAMPBELL Archibald
CARROLL Leonard
COWARD Diana
DCEDARAN Clancy
DICK Maria
DOLAN Peter Alan
FIORILO Paul
FRANCO Jose
GOREY Carol
GUMIEL Maria
GUMIEL Theresa
HENAGHAN Denise
ISHERWOOD Christina
LONDONO Luz Mary
McDERMOT Avril
McILVANEY Diana
MUNOZ Gloria
MURRAY Anita
NAVARO Antonio
NORTON Bridget
ORTEGON-GARCES Julian
PUTAHU Segg
RAMSEY William
REID Alexander
SAGASTA-JULDAIN Juan Antonio
SMITH Edgar
SOTO Carlos Alberto
STIRTON Robert
TAYLOR-HARDING Eustace Ralph
VARGAS Alejandro
VARGAS Hernan
VARGAS-CORRALES Beatrice
YULE Frederick

Location: 18 Denmark Place, Tottenham Court Road