My memories of the "Star-light Rooms" Enfield in the 1990s.

The last time I visited my home town “The London borough of Enfield” was two years ago.  I could not believe the changes that has taken place to my old town, roads have been routed differently, a shopping mall has been knocked down and rebuilt.  The swimming pool was gone and next to the swimming pool was the night-club called “The Starlight rooms”.

The “Starlight rooms” was gone wiped out and a multiplex cinema is now in its place.  I bet every town in every part of the world (well almost) has a version of the Star-light rooms or as the ladies referred to it the “Meat Market”  The club earned this reputation as many people used the club as a place to meet the opposite sex.  I openly admit my friends and I would frequent the club maybe once a month.

I also frequented a lot of other night-clubs as well.  I was 32 and still recovering from my first failed marriage, luckily for me I had bumped into an old school friend who inturn introduced me to other old school pals and some people that I hadn’t met before but soon became good friends. There was normally six of us that were in similar social positions either divorced or coming out of a long-term relationship.

We relied on each other for moral support and friendship and at times we even holidayed together.  Looking back they were for me halcyon days we were all single and had “Batchelor pads”   I haven’t had close male friendships on that scale before or since.  We partied hard but we kept ourselves in good shape.  I went “weight training” three times a week with a friend, we also went swimming once a week.

Now the “Starlight Rooms” aka “The Meat Market” was strictly for over 25,s which in reality meant anyone between the ages of 21 to 60!  They operated a strict dress code for the men, a proper two or three piece suit with a tie and shoes (No trainers or jeans) from memory the women were not subject to this strict dress code, in-fact the women wore as little as was possible!

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  • Guy Hogan on Feb 5, 2010

    You better believe there are a few “meat markets” in Pittsburgh. I don’t go to them now but I did when I was young and I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed not only the hookups with women but the friendships with men. Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day. We’d lead the lives we’d choose. We’d fight and never lose. Oh, we were young and sure to have our way.

  • Kehinde Adeniyi on Feb 5, 2010

    Interesting piece.

  • albert1jemi on Feb 5, 2010

    great write

  • mikky webs on Feb 5, 2010

    Informative article.

  • petercurtis97 on Feb 6, 2010

    Good one and yes I went to one in Australia on a regular basis more like once a week or fortnight. They would have nights for ages
    and other changes great value some good dancing practice.

  • PR Mace on Feb 6, 2010

    Sounds like an interesting place.

  • qasimdharamsy on Feb 6, 2010

    Nice piece….well done….

  • mkd1788 on Feb 7, 2010

    yeah…its a very interesting place..

  • Olivia Van Logum on Feb 10, 2010

    LOL – I think at some point in our lives, we have all frequented a place like this!! The one I used to visit was called The Village in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire… it was exactly how you described it, rammed to the rafters with horny men & women!!! I’m too old for all that now!

  • Chris ???? on Mar 25, 2011

    Great peice there, I worked at Starlight from the young age of 14, and stayed dispite a high staff turnover for 7 years, trust me at 14 it was an eye opener, my main night of work was Friday nights, at 16 I was behind the bar, I worked the small bar at the end called Dino’s, it used to be 4/5 deep trying to get a drink, sheer chaos. It all disapeared when Eros opened up, and it was quite sad in the end. Thanks for you write up, it brought it all back.

  • Paul on Mar 27, 2011

    Not only did I go to the Starlight Rooms I also went to the Town House.Both gone now and Eros closed down.Remember the bouncers, weren’t particularly nice. There is a similar place in Herne Bay. Ciao for now Lord Banks

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