A long night out clubbing can be just the thing you need to unwind. Thanks to the new night tube service, it’s easier than ever to get home. But what if you never have to leave the club?
If you can’t get up the energy to go more than a few metres, you might not have to any longer if Koko is your club or music venue of choice. The popular venue on Camden High Street could soon have a 32-room hotel right next door.
The plans have emerged not long after the building’s owners, Vevil International, had to fight a High Court battle in 2015 to prevent the pub next door, the Hope and Anchor, being turned into flats. The concern is that new residential neighbours could lead to complaints about the venue, which has hosted the likes of Prince and Coldplay.
Vevil has also had problems recently with another building they own, the Mayfair Curzon cinema, which has received complaints from residents in flats about noise from the films. Vevil has purchased the pub and two other buildings around Koko to prevent anything like this happening.
The Vevil International Group is no strangers to hotels. They own the upcoming The Ned, which will soon open in the former Midland Bank headquarters.
The hotel next door to Koko will be a separate business but is going to have direct access from the club. In fact, some rooms at the hotel may allow access to private boxes on the second floor of the club.
Along with the new hotel, Vevil International and their tenants Obar London also want to refurbish Koko. The works will include a new bar and function room in the original dome of the venue, which dates back to 1900 when it was a theatre. The flytower above the stage will be a two-storey suite with recording facilities for visiting artists if the plans are approved. Period features and structural work will also be restored.
If you like the sound of going straight to bed from a live concert or a night at the club, it could soon be a reality.