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Tin Pan Alley’s legendary 12 Bar Club is told to ‘get out’

Campaigning: Engelbert Humper­dinck outside the 12 Bar Club in November

Published: 19 December, 2014
by WILLIAM McLENNAN

A LEGENDARY music venue in the West End's Tin Pan Alley will close next month as devel­opers take over the building. 

The team behind the 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street have been told by landlords Consolidated Developments that they must vacate the prem­ises by January 16. 

It follows the closure of Madame JoJo’s in Brewer Street last month. A campaign to preserve the street’s musical heritage has been gathering pace over the year and was endorsed by The Who’s Pete Townshend this week. Last month Engelbert Humper­dinck visited the street, where he spent much of his early career, and posed for a photo outside the 12 Bar. 

The venue, which has run as the 12 Bar since 1994, has hosted some of the biggest names in music, including the late Jeff Buckley, Katie Melua, Seasick Steve, Keane, and Adele.

Henry Scott-Irvine, who has been leading the Save Denmark Street campaign  said: “We’re concerned about the gradual erosion of the street. Many shops on the north side have been there for donkeys’ years but are now on six-month arrangements with one-month break clauses.”

On Facebook, the 12 Bar organisers said: “We are very sad to announce that The 12 Bar Club has been given notice to vacate Denmark Street by the middle of January.”

More than 17,000 people have signed a petition titled “Don’t Bin Tin Pan Alley”. Many of the street’s music stores are expected to lose the back end of their shop floor to the development and Mr Scott-Irvine is calling for an exemption from business rates to help the independent traders survive. 

Laurence Kirschel, director of Consolidated Developments, said: “The 12 Bar club has been identified as a ‘building at risk’ by English Heritage. We are legally obliged to carry out the necessary works to remedy this including repairs to the roof and front parapet – there is no way around this.
 
"Consolidated Developments acknowledge the historical significance of the 12 Bar and its importance to the community, hence we intend to restore the building to secure its future as part of our wider commitment to preserving and enhancing the heritage of Tin Pan Alley.”
 
 

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Restoring the front of the

Restoring the front of the bulding is a plus, but if it ends up as a chain like Pret or Starbucks it will be terrible. Can't the developers keep the bar?

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