DCL to Sell Two Landmark Nightclubs in Brixton

January 20, 2012

Davis Coffer Lyons (DCL), property advisor to the leisure sector, has been instructed to find a buyer for the leasehold interest of two iconic late night London venues housed at the historic St Matthew’s Church, a converted church in the centre of Brixton, SW2. DCL is acting on behalf of the vendor, Chicks Ltd and premium offers are invited for the two venues.

Built in the 1820’s, the church is home to Mass nightclub and Babalou bar, restaurant and club, whilst the remaining part of the detached building continues to run as a place of worship. Both venues are operating with late 6am licences, across the basement, ground, fourth, fifth and sixth floors.

Both venues are large capacity venues, with Mass packing in up to 980 people on the fourth floor in two main rooms. This unique venue has been home to a diverse live music programme ranging from hip hop, R&B and grime to hard house and trance since 1996. It is popular with existing promoters and also operates a live music venue, regularly used for dance music events and can accommodate theatre use. Some of the busiest events are provided by one of the world’s leading fetish night organisers, Torture Garden.

Babalou is located in the crypt of the church, and is a separate business in its own right which can be bolted on to Mass to offer a further 490 capacity. The space which was previously known as The Bug Bar, provides club and live music nights Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is a bar and restaurant seven days of the week. It also hosts regular comedy nights. Exclusive or part hire is available.

Chris Bickle, Associate Director at Davis Coffer Lyons said, “These are two landmark venues in one of the most talked about late night leisure locations outside of Central London. Both venues offer a wide range of unique, flexible spaces with the benefit of character. Brixton is enjoying the benefits of large scale urban redesign as well as the recent refurbishment of one of its best known venues, The Electric (formerly The Fridge). We expect the opportunity to acquire such a striking leisure property will generate a significant amount of interest.”