Legendary north London music venue, KOKO, is about to get a major addition. The Camden council has approved a new boutique hotel and recording studio.
The venue has had a long life so far, opening on Boxing Day, 117 years ago, as the Camden Theatre. Since then, it’s been known as Camden Hippodrome Theatre (1909-1913), Camden Hippodrome Picture Theatre (1913-1945), BBC Camden Theatre (1945-1977), The Music Machine (1977-1982), Camden Palace (1982-2004), and currently as KOKO.
The venue has seen everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Monty Python, Elton John to Madonna, and newer acts from My Chemical Romance to Kanye. Now the question is, what exactly would the addition offer?
It seems like a lot.
The dome would be transformed into a bar, new terraces would be built, a fourth-floor roof extension would create a bar and restaurant for the hotel, and the Hope & Anchor pub would be reopened and extended, with the upper floors used by the hotel.
The last time the famous venue was renovated was 2004 by Oliver Bengough and his company, Mint Entertainment. As of November 2016, Oliver is now 100% owner of the venue and it seems as though he is taking it into the future with this overhaul and expansion.
Only time will tell what the future holds for this iconic venue.
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Originally reported on Building.co.uk