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History

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.

 

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.

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Tribute to Brian Crawford, Tramp’s late director

Brian Crawford

A larger-than-life character, Brian Crawford’s many friends and customers ranged from royalty to sporting heroes and actors.

 

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.

 

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.