The End…of London’s club scene?

Following the announcement The End is to close in January 2009; the ill fate of four more London clubs has been sealed.  Supposedly some of the glitziest clubs of London (and regular hang outs to C-list celebrities), Café Royal, Paper, Dolce and Chinawhite now add to the list of clubs to close. 

In January this year, The Cross at Kings Cross shut its doors for a final time and the land was sold to property developers.  With so many closures, it poses the question is London’s club scene dying a death?  As a huge fan of house music and although not someone to frequent celeb haunts, I am saddened to hear that further clubs will be laid to rest.  It would appear that once again, the land has been sold to property developers.   To be precise, Israeli developer Alrov has signed a £90 million deal to renovate the site Café Royal has occupied for nearly 150 years into a decadent, exclusive hotel in a bid to restore glamour and luxury to the West End of London. 

It has been reported that Paper, Dolce and Chinawhite are currently scouting for new locations but the historic Café Royal which has played host to people such as Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth Taylor will hand over its keys this coming January.  To commemorate the London landmark coming to an end, Café Royal are hosting a Grand Finale on 16th December that promises a ‘glittering charity Christmas ball’.  Tickets cost £84.50 plus VAT and can be bought here.

Thankfully, it seems The Egg at Kings Cross has no plans to close and with few destinations left in the heart of London for late night (and early morning) clubbing, I will be fully supporting London’s remaining club scene for as long as my love of house music continues to grow.

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January 2009 - Set to be a sad time for London clubbers