One of London’s most popular music venues will reopen in the spring after a £ 70 million refurbishment.
Koko, which has hosted artists such as Kanye West, Madonna, Prince and The Rolling Stones, closed in 2019 for renovations.
In January 2020, a fire severely damaged the Camden headquarters’ famous copper dome and delayed renovations.
Owner Olly Bengough said Koko faced “monumental” challenges due to the fire and the coronavirus pandemic.
“We work closely with some great craftsmen, our architects, and then of course the English Heritage and the Victorian Society,” he said.
“By bringing together a great team and working together we managed to do it.
“But of course it was monumental and working through the pandemic was difficult. But it looks like we are coming out better than ever. We are grateful and positive about everything.”
Koko in North London is a Grade II listed Victorian theater.
It will reopen next spring as a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose space with live streaming services, a radio station, shops, a late-night pizzeria and a bar.
Bengough said the space will “pay homage” to the venue’s “artistic legacy”, which dates back to its opening on Boxing Day in 1900.
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