And of course Anthony Armstrong-Jones, who later married Princess Margaret, was around.I don't remember it being extraordinary or scandalous, though.Contact sexy swingers waiting to meet you at sea and bring a little ecstasy to your next cruise!
The one big scandal was the suicide of Tony Beauchamp who'd been married to Churchill's daughter, Sarah.
He was a photographer and his death and his part in the Chelsea Set was very well covered in the press.
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She was talking to Peter Stanford George Melly on the Chelsea Set I lived in Chelsea in the 1950s and shared a basement flat at the wrong end of Cheyne Walk.
It was the sort of area where MPs used to keep their mistresses.
In the evenings, after work, we'd go to one of two pubs - the Markham, round the corner from Bazaar, or the Pheasantry. And then you'd take your cigarettes and your bottle of cheap red wine and head off there. In some ways the Chelsea Set was a media invention. All that had happened was that a gatecrasher, a young male model called Robert Taylor, had tried to get in to one of our parties. You didn't take a bottle, although I do remember that on one occasion Sonia and the publisher George Weidenfeld had a party where we were all told to bring either champagne or brandy. There was a lot of hanging about and going to parties, looking for someone to pick up if you hadn't gone there with someone.
My boyfriend, Michael Alexander, had gone down to throw him out. We were younger and although a few people did have titles we were a much more ramshackle bunch of free spirits. We may have seemed terribly promiscuous to the papers, but our liberation paled into insignificance in comparison to what came along in the 1960s.
Fifty years ago, Mary Quant opened a boutique on the King's Road, and swinging London was born. She recalls the sex, scandals and helmet hairdos of the original Chelsea Set Bazaar very quickly made a huge impact.