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The Xtra Diary: Tin Pan Alley loses out to Holloway Road

The 12 Bar Club on the move to Islington; and below: Henry Scott-Irvine of Save Denmark Street campaign

Published: 9 January, 2015

THE 12 Bar Club, which has been forced out of its former premises in Tin Pan Alley, is to move to a new venue in Islington. 

The iconic Soho music venue, which has hosted the likes of Adele, The Libertines and the late Jeff Buckley in its former venue in Denmark Street, will take up residency in Phibbers pub on the corner of Holloway Road from next week. 

Andy Lowe, who manages the legendary music spot, said despite the “headache” of only having one month’s notice to relocate, the move to Holloway will be a “wonderful opportunity”. 

Henry Scott-Irvine, who has been leading the Save Denmark Street campaign, is pleased that the building at 26 Denmark Street has been given Grade II-listed status with description, by English Heritage, which will protect it from change. But the pool room, which was added on to the building in the 1990s and which Mr Scott-Irvine fears may be holding up the forge at the back of the building, will be destroyed.

Mr Scott-Irvine said that although he is pleased that the 12 Bar Club has secured a venue, he wished it could have been more central. 

He said: “London is losing its heart. It is a shame the 12 Bar Club could not find a venue in central London. Holloway Road is an area full of football supporters and people on their way home from work, it is not the heart. But the Buffalo Club is closed so hopefully the people who used to go there, will go to Phibbers instead.” 

An 800 metre subterranean venue two floors is being built two floors. 

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