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What London hotspots didn’t make it to 2012?

Posted at 2:00 pm, December 29, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

First OutEach year brings with it new and exciting openings around the city, but let’s not forget those who have sadly closed their doors in the past 12 months. In this rough time of cuts, recession and general belt-tightening, it isn’t surprising that many great cultural institutions are shutting shop. Here are just a few that we were most upset to say goodbye to in 2011. RIP.

The Curzon Millbank opened and closed in only six months due to Altitude Broadcasting & Corporate Studios Ltd going into administration in early June. However, the biggest loss to film was the news that the UK Film Council would close and merge with the BFI.

After losing their Arts Council funding, Lea Anderson’s pioneering dance group ‘The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs‘ was disbanded after 27 years.

After two years of ups and downs, Kilburn’s Cock Theatre Tavern was closed in May after a failed health and safety inspection. Lots of companies had severe funding cuts but are struggling through for now.

Overall it has been a good year for restaurants but there were a fair few closures including the S&M Café chain, Mudchute Kitchen, Limani, Ink Rooms, The Engineer, Chakalaka, The Ambassador, Amato and Acorn House. One of the saddest was the sudden closing of Time Out favourite Saki in May.

We were very glum when central London café and bar First Out announced they were to close earlier this year after 14 years. Soho’s Barcode – another true institution-  closed this year, along with Kudos and The Edward in Islington.

After hearing the The Bathhouse was closing, we were happy to learn it would be re-opening under the new name, The Dollhouse. Gramaphone near Spitalfields also closed its doors.

As Mary Portas fears the loss of the high street, we mourn Shoreditch’s Hoxton Boutique that unfortunately is no more.

We fear that the cuts will really bite in 2012 and expect more closures then. Let’s hope lots of great new things open too. What else shut down this year? Comment below. 

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