Tramp is a private members’ club and restaurant located on Jermyn Street in St James’, Mayfair, London.
Opened by Oscar Lerman, Bill Ofner and Johnny Gold in 1969, Tramp has entered the lexicon of the worlds of celebrity, glamour and nightlife. Over the following 40 years, the discreet entrance on Jermyn Street welcomed everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, royalty of many nationalities (including our own), Hollywood’s major players and the highest echelons of international society.
The naming of Tramp occurred when during a documentary about Charlie Chaplin’s famous character The Little Tramp; the narrator remarked that “this was the greatest Tramp of all”. The statement provided Oscar and Johnny with the perfect name for their new club. Their idea was to create a nightclub unlike any other, a place with no formal dress code, which was somewhat revolutionary at the time, where members and their guests could dine and revel to their heart’s content.
Many of Tramp’s staff have worked at the club for over 20 years, initially under the direction of Guido and now, under that of David Fleming. General Manager, David has been working at the Club for more than a decade. It is just this longevity of service that truly makes Tramp a home away from home for its Members, many of whose children, and even grandchildren, have now become Members themselves.
Tramp is celebrating over 4 decades of existence with the opening of a large, beautifully designed outdoor smoking terrace and lounge bar at the rear of the building. The results are luxurious seating areas, mirrored walls and state of the art outdoor heaters on the terrace, and the lounge bar provides the perfect place for discreet tête-à-têtes between friends.
This magnificent addition to Tramp and Tramp’s transformation over the years was orchestrated by Brian Crawford, our late club director whom has recently passed.
There is a wealth of incredible and unbelievable anecdotes that have emanated from Tramp to become legendary. None of them will be repeated here to protect both the living and the dead! You need to ask someone who admits to knowing.
Tribute to Brian Crawford, Tramp’s late director
A larger-than-life character, Brian Crawford’s many friends and customers ranged from royalty to sporting heroes and actors. He had a close “gang of girlfriends” who included Lorraine Chase, Cilla Black, Rula Lenska, Sheila Ferguson, Dame Shirley Bassey, Angela Rippon, Toyah Wilcox and Lorna Luft.
Brian Irmler Crawford was born June 8, 1960, in North Berwick, and educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh. On leaving Loretto, he attended a course in hotel management at the Frankfurt College in Germany.
He then trained at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington before moving to work as head croupier at Crockfords Casino in Mayfair. After his stint in London, Brian moved stateside and operated a restaurant in Miami in which Michael Caine had an interest before returning to the UK and managing his own restaurants, then joining Caledonian Heritable.
Brian was involved in the purchase of Tramp and injected passion and flair into the team. It was Brian’s ingenuity that made the impossible, a reality with the new addition on the smoking terrace and lounge bar which opened in May 2011.
A stickler for detail, everything had to be perfect and his staff had to be immaculately turned out. He worked on the principle that it had to be the best of the best and his mantra was “I don’t do cheap, darling!” which is certainly reflected in the appearance of Tramp today.
Brian will be fondly remembered by all Tramp staff and members and will be sadly missed. Brian added his unique style, signature and personality into Tramp, contributing greatly to the Tramp legacy of today.
Brian will be remembered in a memorial service at 3.15pm on Monday, January 19 at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London.