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Rainbow Corner, London

Military site : non-airfield

Detailed history

Run by the Red Cross, Rainbow Corner had cafes and restaurants (including Dunker’s Den), laundry, barbers, showers, rooms for use by American servicemen on leave. Eleanor Roosevelt closed it.

Robert S Arbib remembered:
‘The centre of London on a Saturday night was Piccadilly Circus… It had soldiers, sailors and airmen in uniform, looking for fun. Americans, British, French, Canadians, Norse, Poles, Belgians, Czechs, Dutch – you could run down a roster of Allied nations and find all their representatives here in a moment or two. The Americans surged in a never-ending tide around the Rainbow Corner – milling their way in and out of that mammoth beehive, in search of friends, food, dancing, of an hour’s sleep before the train left, or of a bed for the night.’ (Martin Bowman, We're Here to Win the War For You: The US 8th Air Force at War, p.236)

English Heritage's record description

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Date Contributor Update
23 June 2015 09:37:43 Jenny Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and media associations

Mike Hutton, The Story of Soho: The Windmill Years, 1932-1964
Martin Bowman, We're Here to Win the War For You: The US 8th Air Force at War