|On January 24th 2009 The End, London's loudest, most intimate, underground nightclub will close.
The closure of The End at 18 West Central Street brings the final tally of important electronic music clubs to have closed in London in the last 12 months to five.
The End joins Turnmills, The Cross, Canvas and The Key on the list of doomed dance music clubs that have disappeared in a cloud of development dust this year.
In December 2007, The Cross, Canvas and The Key got smashed to smithereens to make way for the Channel Tunnel Rail link.
Then in March, Turnmills nightclub in Faringdon made way for some real-estate developers who turned the building into a bland office space.
So what the hell is going on with London’s club scene?
The End was home of many a Drum and Bass, Techno, New Rave, Electro, Funk night and all with the addition of a sound system that would leave your ears ringing for a good couple of days. It's location, in central London, 3 minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road or Holborn mean that it was easily accessable for everyone. This is a real shame, especially as it seems we are left with very few options now. Fabric, Ministry of Sound, SE1, Colleseum, Heaven, Egg are left as the biggies of London.
Why? Warehouse parties, Outdoor parties, House Parties? Why? Expensive drinks just aren't covering the costs and keeping developers out. Grrrr..... is all I can say, especially as it is probably going to turn into some average office block or carpark.
Labels: Drum and Bass, London clubbing, music, The End, West End