1833 – Skindles developed into a smart hotel in the newly fashionable resort of Maidenhead, a short ride from London. A highlight of the season was Ascot Sunday when the smart set arrived on boats and boating parties were popular.
1920’s & 30’s– Skindles became frequented by rich and racy motorcar drivers and quickly attracted the patronage of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and many famous characters, some of whom frequented parties at nearby Cliveden House.
1950’s – Skindles became famous for tea dances on the lawns and the owner kept a monkey called Chico who lived in a willow tree on the riverside lawn that stole spectacles and earrings from unwary customers. Visitors during this period included Bette Davis, the Marx Brothers and King Hussein of Jordan.
1960’s - Skindles became involved in the notorious political and sex scandal of the time when it was used for trysts by the Secretary of State for War, John Profumo and his lover, Christine Keeler.
1978 – Skindles was taken over by nightclub impresario and international restaurateur, Louis Brown who re-established it as a nightclub and disco called Studio Valbonne at which guests included Princess Margaret, Russell Harty, Michael Parkinson, Jim Davidson and Diana Dors.
1980’s – Studio Valbonne was voted the best nightclub in the world. The Rolling Stones and Thin Lizzy played there and guests included John Lennon, Yoko Ono, President Nixon and Princess Margaret.
1990’s - Skindles demise culminating in it finally closing its doors.
2014 – Skindles site was bought by Berkeley Group in 2014. Demolition and redevelopment began in October 2015 to make way for the award winning Taplow Riverside development. Roux at Skindles was born!