Group occupy London music venue in protest

One of London’s most iconic live music venues has been occupied by squatters following its closure recently for redevelopment. The group took over the 12 Bar in the heart of Soho, where artists including Adele and KT Tunstall made their UK debuts.

12 Bar Club, Covent Garden, WC2

12 Bar Club, Covent Garden, WC2 Image by Ewan Munro / CC BY 2.0

Self-named 'Bohemians 4 Soho', the activists claim they are protesting over "social cleansing" in the area. The owners of the Grade II-listed building in Denmark Street, Consolidated Developments, is understood to be seeking to evict the squatters after they moved in last week. The bar in Soho’s ‘Tin Pan Alley' area was famous for holding concerts for such top acts as the Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath. It was also a hangout for a number of music stars, including Jimi Hendrix. Read more: standard.co.uk

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