The Washhouse in Shudehill, is one of many trendy locations that’s caught the attention of city dwellers thanks to it’s uncanny resemblance to a real dry cleaners. Locals have even been so convinced of the narrow-looking facility’s appearance close to The Arndale Centre – that they have actually turned up to their weekly wash.
Leave your dirty laundry at home and step through the washing machine-shaped door to find a modern-day bar with laundry themed touches surrounded in low mood lighting.
Once inside, pay no attention to the man pretending to wait for his spin cycle to end, head for the 1970’s phone and tell the operator that you have some clothes to clean.
The owners have gone all out to create an air of mystery about this secretive drinking spot, you’ll soon get suspicious if you spot a well-dressed crowd heading towards this themed bar.
For those hoping for a glimpse of the menu before you arrive, you can’t. The website also plays along with The Washhouse’s Secret nature, but some snaps have been spotted across social media.
Cocktails, ranging from the classic to the experimental, as well as spirits, beers and champagne are all served at table, to a soundtrack of dirty deep house.
Cruise is nothing more than a real-life action hero. The 58-year-old still does all of his own stunts on the Mission: Impossible franchise, showcasing his fearlessness on such feats as scaling the Burj Khalifa, jumping out of airplanes and riding a jet on the outside of its wings. It has now been revealed the star actually prevented the freak-accidental death of his Cocktail co-star Shue in 1988 during filming.
Bill Bennett ASC, an aerial camera operator who worked on the raunchy movie, revealed the story in a Facebook group.
According to The Sun, Bennett said: “I witnessed Tom Cruise save Elisabeth Shue’s life, for real.
“We were filming the scene from a helicopter, where Tom and Elisabeth are riding horses along the beach. We were shooting film, but I had a video recorder in the helicopter to record the camera’s video tap images.
“After a couple takes, the pilot would land the helicopter on the beach, and Tom and Elisabeth would come over to watch the shot recordings and get notes from the director. The only monitor was at my operating position in the left front seat of the helicopter.”
Bennett explained the helicopter’s engine would remain on between takes and both the overhead rota and the tail rota would keep spinning, creating a dangerous scenario.
He went on: “It was also quite loud, and you had to shout to be heard over the noise of the engine. You have to know, when you are working around helicopters, that the area at the back of the helicopter, where the tail rotor is spinning, is deadly.
“The rotor is invisible when it is spinning, and if you walk into it, it will kill you instantly. It is a totally ‘no go’ area when working around helicopters.”
Disaster struck when Shue presumably forgot this golden rule between a subsequent take on the beach.
Bennett went on: “So, after we had landed for the second or third time, Tom and Elisabeth came over, I opened the side door of the helicopter and they leaned in to watch the shot on the monitor.
“The director gave them a couple notes, and Elisabeth, getting quite excited, took off suddenly, running towards the back of the helicopter. Just at that same moment that Tom saw where Elisabeth was going.”
Cruise didn’t waste a second and jumped into action, the camera operator revealed. He said: “Tom is a pilot, rated in both airplanes and helicopters, and instantly saw the danger. He lunged after her, but only was able grab her legs, tackling her to the ground.
“He rolled her over, dragging her at the same time, and you could see the momentary anger on her face while she was yelling: ‘Why did you do that?’ But by that time he is pointing at the tail rotor which is now a couple feet away, screaming at her that she almost died.”