Soho’s 12 Bar Club Finds a New Home
Well for once there is some good news in the world of London venues – it has been announced that Soho’s threatened 12 Bar Club has found a new home, at Phibbers Bar, 203 Holloway Road.
The Crossrail development around the Tottenham Court Road area of Soho has over the last few years already claimed a fair few venues and bars in the area, most notably the historic Astoria theatre, its basement venue LA2, and a bit further down on Oxford Street, Metros. It was originally thought that Denmark Street, where the 12 Bar has been based since its opening in 1994, with its music shops and surrounding studios, would be safe from the development, as it was not directly in the path of Crossrail.
However, it soon became clear that a shopping centre was destined for the site (because London doesn’t have enough bland sterile shopping arcades full of the same chain stores apparently), and in the middle of December, the 12 Bar was formally served notice.
Details of exactly what the new set up will be at Phibbers on Holloway Road are quite thin on the ground at the moment, but we believe it will be in the capacity of promoters rather than management. Meanwhile back at 26 Denmark Street site, campaigners have secured Grade II listed status on the whole building, and are putting on the pressure to retain the site as a music venue after renovation.
The last gig at the old 12 Bar will be this Sunday 11th January, with a grand farewell party running from 1pm – www.facebook.com/events/1393639227603015/.
Keep up to date with the campaign for 26 Denmark Street here – www.change.org/p/alex-bushell-don-t-bin-tin-pan-alley.
And finally, keep an eye on www.facebook.com/12BarClub for more details on the new venue as they’re announced.