Tag: gentrification

London’s Most Expensive Public Toilet/Afterhours Club On The Market

Britain’s most expensive public toilet may be the £1 Million offering in London’s hipster haven of Spitafields. To be fair, the space had been transformed into an infamous 2000s afterhours spot called Public Life Club, which shut down in 2012 amid neighborhood complaints (I’ll let you guess for what?). The firm responsible for the sale, Clarke and Loyd‘s describes the “quirky” and “full of atmosphere” space as: “Formerly a public toilet, the site was redeveloped into a commercial unit over 15 years ago and was being used as bar/restaurant”. Given the uproar over Public Life, it seems unlikely the space will ... Read more

Birthplace Of UK Garage Is The Latest London Gentrification Victim

Perhaps something of an eyesore, but The Elephant & Castle has held a significant place in the history of the UK dance music scene, not to mention being an establishment that dates back some 200 years. Now, the landmark pub where UK garage was invented is being turned into…a Foxtons. In the early 90s, The Elephant & Castle in South London was the site of Happy Days, the legendary indoor Sunday party, where UKG originator Matt Jam Lamont was resident. The intimate rave was meant for clubbers leaving Ministry Of Sound on Sunday mornings, as its location was across the road. There, Lamont ... Read more