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Owners of London's beloved Koko planning new hotel for the venue

09 January 2017, 16:19 | Written by Laurence Day

Camden institution Koko is reportedly looking to link up with a new hotel in a bid to protect its long-term future.

The new venture comes from Vevil International, who own the 117-year-old premises. Formerly a theatre, Koko is now home to some of London's best live shows and finest club nights.

Back in 2015 developers wanted to turn the adjacent Hope and Anchor pub into flats, but fears of business-crippling noise complaints led Vevil and tenants Obar Camden to pursue a High Court challenge, which they won. To avoid a similar situation occurring in the future, Vevil actually bought three nearby buildings.

Now it's emerged that Vevil want to develop those properties themselves - turning them into a boutique hotel with 32 rooms. The hotel would be a separate business from Koko - which under the plans will also see a significant refurbishment - although there would be simple access between the two (including private boxes from select suites).

Koko's iconic dome (built circa 1900) would become a bar and function room, while the flytower above the stage would become a two-storey hotel room complete with recording studio. Certain period features and character details would also see restoration.

Co-owner Olly Bengough says of the proposals: "We are extremely excited about the refurbishment and hotel proposals, which will allow Camden’s heritage to thrive in the future."

[via Evening Standard]

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