Cable, one of London’s most iconic nightclubs announced their immediate closure yesterday following a two year legal battle with Network Rail. 70 jobs have been lost and a highly successful nightclub has been put out of business after Network Rail took possession of the club with an entry order yesterday morning.
Set in the railway arches surrounding London Bridge station Cable offered an intriguing mix of industrial design coupled with one of the best sound and lighting rigs in the country. It’s Cable’s fantastic location however that lead to the immediate and somewhat unexpected closure, with Network Rail stating that they required the space back as a part of the redevelopment of London Bridge Station.
London Bridge, the country’s fourth busiest station is currently undergoing a huge redevelopment programme which includes the building of a new concourse, new platforms and the addition new entrances in order to provide a bigger and better station for everyone, with more trains running through it than ever before. The programme is set to stretch into 2018, however some of the work is already complete with a new bus station and concourse funded by The London Bridge Quarter development (which includes The Shard) already open.
Cable’s closure comes as a great loss to London’s nightlife community, the club proved to be a playground for both new and emerging talent and established acts to showcase skills. Cable’s sister venue Relay will also be shutting having recently played host to live acts and events such as Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges and the DVD launch of Ridley Scott’s Prometheous.
Our thoughts are with the management team of this brilliant venue and the 70 or so staff who have lost their jobs. Hopefully a new but similar location can be found in the coming weeks.
Network Rail cutting through Cable’s shutter:
Bailiffs & Network Rail outside Cable:
It is with a huge amount of sadness that we announce Cable has closed with immediate effect.
We have been forced to close following two years of ongoing legal battles with Network Rail, who took possession of the venue this morning with an entry order, putting us out of business and leaving our 70 staff without jobs. This is due to them allegedly requiring the space back for the redevelopment of London Bridge station. It is an utterly devastating blow to what is a much loved, hugely successful, well respected music venue and media business.
This is not only a huge loss to the loyal fans and staff of Cable, but to London’s clubbing community as a whole. With enormous pride, we delivered the very best talent in an environment that upheld the history of the early SE1 rave scene and supported as many musical styles as possible.
We are obviously devastated and still in shock by the news and know there will be questions. As you can appreciate, there is much work to be done and many arrangements to be made behind the scenes. A full press release will follow.
If you are presently a ticket holder for an event that was scheduled to take place at Cable, please do not worry – further information will follow in due course.
Our sincerest thanks,
The Cable Team x