London’s night-time economy is under huge pressure for its very survival at the moment. A perfect storm of stifling regulations, sky-high costs, changing technologies and a shortage of viable properties in decent locations means we’re in serious peril of losing our late night mojo.
Against this seemingly gloomy backdrop, in our new print issue we reveal a slew of reasons to be optimistic about our afterhours entertainment future.
King’s Cross – once renowned for its cluster of world famous nightclubs, and before that its rather less salubrious red light attractions – is emerging as a hotbed of innovative new nocturnal venues.
We visit brand new music-led hangout Spiritland, where DJs now play from early morning until the early hours on an impossibly hi-fidelity soundsystem. We also drop in to Slam, a glorious converted former chapel in the heart of the neighbourhood that’s now hosting next-generation theatre, comedy, spoken word and live music nights.
There’s also the inside scoop on the rebirth of the Water Rats venue, a top 10 of late-night venues – plus a barman at intimate LGBT haunt the New Bloomsbury Set speaks about the importance of preserving gay bars and how they’re making it work despite the challenges.
If you’re more of a daytime person, there’s still lots to enjoy, including the story of a New York-style High Line park, and the age-old question of the north/ south divide (in London, that is).
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