It’s Spiritland’s 1st Birthday all week


The fairly pioneering cafe, bar and listening hub is already a year old



That youthful glow. Photo: Spiritland
When it opened, despite its assured sense of style, we weren’t sure: the ambitiously expensive sound system, the pricey drinks, the slightly chilly staff, the problem of whether it was a cafe, bar, foodie joint or music venue – or a bit of everything.

But credit where it’s due: the concept has undoubtedly worked. Spiritland’s already on its way to being a vital part of London’s cultural fabric, having played host to Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Mills, Hot Chip, Dave Okumu, La Roux, Severino, Jane Fitz and even Bill Nighy to name a few.

And, hauteur aside, we find ourselves swinging by increasingly often to listen to the always entertaining soundtrack over a house negroni, or schooner of beer; no pints here, folks. And the joint’s often (politely) packed – but, with no vertical drinking, still retains its own distinct atmosphere.

If you’ve never been, this week’s probably the right time as the first year anniversary is marked by a week-long celebration. As well as the usual top scran and libations there’ll be DJs including Jimpster, Mark E, DJ Food and Pete Williams; plus the Spiritland Talks series also return with John Doran in conversation with author and winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Roddy Doyle (Thur 7th Sep).


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Let’s hope they’ve now re-cooped the cost of those eye-poppingly expensive speaker stacks – £350k, if you must know. Still, we reckon the investment’s justified: there’s nowhere else in the capital that sounds quite so gorgeous.

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Find out more about Spiritland here. The 1st anniversary runs until Sun 10th Sep. More info here.

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