If you’ve passed through Vauxhall recently, whether on foot or by train, you couldn’t fail to notice the extensive construction work taking place in the area.
This is part of a major regeneration project of Vauxhall and Nine Elms and surrounding areas which includes the relocation of the US Embassy and Dutch Embassy in the area and development of new residential accommodation towers, a Sainsburys supermarket as well as the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea and, of course, the well publicised redevelopment of Battersea power station.
In a move that has long seemed inevitable given how many gay businesses occupy prominent positions in railway arches close to Vauxhall’s transport links, it has been confirmed that Area nightclub on Albert Embankment (until recently host of Sunday morning after hours Beyond and former Friday night events Onyx & District XXX/Manic Panic) will close for the final time on Sunday 24 August 2014.
Area’s owners, Orange Nation, are at pains to confirm that they have secured a new lease in respect of the Fire complex, so this venue seems safe for now.
Area will be holding its Last Dance on Sunday 24 August 2014 from 9pm. This is likely to be a roadblock, so book in advance.
The closure of gay venues is certainly not restricted to London. Just a short time ago Toronto lost its world famous Fly nightclub and Splash Bar in New York closed last year. As we’ve said many times before, venues come and go and times change, but the closure of any venue is always a salutary reminder to never take your favourite bars and clubs for granted.