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Waterloo Road

Waterloo Road

Anybody spot what's missing....no it's not been doctored...no traffic!

The view to Nairn House.Anyone remember the shops on the right,just out of picture, I recall there used to be a cake shop there...Maria's?

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Sunday, July 1, 1962


I am flabbergasted - used to live there...and they are sytill there and occupied by HK Govt employees..!

Hi Brian,

There are some more photos of Nairn House at:


If you can add any more they'll be very welcome. Here's how:


Regards, David

The cake shop was Cherikoff. We used it quite frequently, as we lived across the road in Waterloo road just off the photo on the left hand side in the late 1950s.  Lovely photograph. Things got more lively when the flyover was built.



Nairn House are the high rise white buildings for Government employees. The clock tower would be the China Light & Power office building on Argyle Street opposite from Nairn House.

Wow, I lived around the corner on the left in Dunbar Road from 1960 to 1963. I don't remember the cake shop but I do remember a pub called the Golden Keg where my parents used to drink!

I used to get the number 7 bus to school at St George's from the bus stop on the right!!

memories flooding back....

If this is Waterloo road looking south towards Nairn House, then this is just before Argyle Street. The building on the left, at least one or two, were owned by Kowloon Hospital. I lived there (90 Waterloo Rd) briefly after i was born, as my father was a young doctor at the hospital. I moved back to the area when i started kindergarten (122 Waterloo Road @Prince Edward), and walk this stretch of road everyday to Pui Ching School unitl Form 4. The rock face on the right leads up to Kadoolee Hill, and around the corner to the right would be the CLP building. There is NO commercial establishment along this stretch. The best cake shop is some distance BEHIND where the photographer stood: Coffee House, in the same build i lived in, but on PE St. There was a cake shop on Waterloo Road past the Argyle St intersection, and i believe it was a branch of Maria's; but it came much later, like early 70s - definitely not when this picture was taken. Cherikoff was at that time in TST on Cameron St (which i lived on also, in between my stints on Waterloo Rd); and later on Nathan Rd; it was never in the Homantin area.  All three, and Maxim's, had memorable cakes and pastries! Thanks for bringing back the memories!


Not sure what era you lived in this area but you are right there was a coffee shop on Prince Edward road.This picture is late 50s, early 60s and there was a cake shop in the area at the bottom right on the slip road, the other shops you mention all came in later years.


I remember Coffee House!! In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was on the south side of Prince Edward Rd., just east of Waterloo. Joan Campbell's London School of Ballet was in the same building.

It was not just a cake shop, it was a restaurant as well. One wing was for fine dining, the other was more like a café, and between the two was the cake shop.

I wonder if anyone has photos of Coffee House?

I don't recall a full menu at Coffee House but their Club Sandwich is memorable; so are the delectable fruit tarts, cream puffs and eclairs. It was a favorite hangout for celebrities and liaisons because of its dim lighting and banquette seats inside. You may be conflating Coffee House with the Captain's Table, which was in the same building but at the corner of Waterloo & PE. The latter was more a high-end grill room with fairly decent steaks (i remember their compound butter for some reason). It was established in the early 70s, in the mode of Amigos near Happy Valley (which only just recently closed for good!) My family lived at 122 Waterloo Road from 1964-ish to 1976, and I attended Pui Ching from kindergarten through Form 4; so we frequented both those establishments. 

There is a picture of Coffee House (behind the big tree) and Captain's Table (on the right, with the timber/stucco exterior) at the end of this article about Kowloon Tong. I believe the building was demolished in the early 80s. 

Captain's Table -- I remember that name too!

I remember the fine-dining section was to the left when you entered the cake shop.

Here's another article about 'The Coffee House'.