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Koko (Bar, Club)

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1a Camden High Street, Regent's Park, Camden, London, NW1 7JE
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 020 7387 0428 | Email to Koko | Transport: Camden Town | Write review

Koko Description

Koko began life as a Victorian theatre back in the late 1800's. Then known as Palace Theatre, it acted as a stepping stone for the likes of Charlie Chaplin - remaining a popular venue until the late 1940's when it was transformed into a radio studio, with the BBC using it as the home for the Goon Show throughout the 1950's.

After a brief spell as a cinema in the 60's, the building was reincarnated as a music venue and as The Music Machine, enjoyed notoriety in the 1970's by providing a platform for many of the first-wave punk bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash. In 1982 the club was then purchased by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan of Visage - then in their heyday and known as the Rich Pop Stars. Having come up with the name by which the club was most recently known - The Camden Palace - the venue became a favourite to the leading figures on the New Romantic scene, and in the process hosted the earliest gigs of the Eurythmics and the first UK performance of a rising star named Madonna.

Throughout the 80's Camden Palace remained one of the hottest clubs in London. Hundreds would clamour to enter the club to catch a glimpse of regulars like Wham and Boy George; Prince would hold extravagant after show parties, and with the likes of Grace Jones flying in from the USA just to be seen there its legendary status was assured.

As musical tastes moved on so too did the Camden Palace. As rave took its stranglehold on the nation's youth the Camden Palace played a pivotal role in the scene, with a long running series of house and trance parties which lasted right up until it's closure in early 2004.

The all-new Koko represents a versatile, 21st century, state-of-the-art venue, adaptable for use as anything - from small intimate comedy to international awards; from intimate gigs to 1,500 capacity headline rock concerts; from stylish cabaret evenings to thumping club nights.

A sweeping, tiered dance floor leading up to the main stage, surrounded by 3 main bars. As well as the main dance floor, this multifunctional area can be used for intimate gigs and cabaret events, as well as corporate dining - adaptable enough to ensure that even a crowd of 200 people could create the appearance and vibe of a busy environment.

The First Circle offers the perfect self contained VIP area - with 2 bars and is the perfect add-on to any event. The design incorporates 8 individual areas featuring clear stage views and can be hired as the ideal gallery and exhibition space ranging in size from 25-250 guests.

Invisible to the lower levels unless illuminated, the Upper Circle serves as yet another individual add-on for approximately 200 people. With a separate sound system, revellers can be entertained in their own acoustic bubble.
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Customer Reviews for Koko

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Koko bar is the place to be. Good people, good music and fantastic atmosphere.One of the best club i have been to in a lont time this year. It will be excellent if they play a bit more Ghanaian high life. Please have this in mind. Thanks”
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Christiana, essex (2 years 9 months 16 days ago)

“Absolutely stunning interior! Almost awe inspiring! Went to see the channel 4 album chart show being filmed. Venue wise was very impressed (being a dj my self i was impressed with the level of service for such a busy night)security are strict but polite. And genral venue organisation was excellent! Unfourtunately felt let down by the show, but that had nothing to do with the venue itself (my only grunt had to be the fact i paid £4.40 for two small orange juice's that were poured from a carton that cost about 80p for the entire thing, but i'm also a bar manager so i'm a bit picky about such thing's!)”
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Big Jon, Denbigh, North wales (7 years 8 months 8 days ago)

“Absolutely blindin venue - the best in London. been there 25 oct 03 / new year for drum n bass events! atmosphere is brilliant and security it v.tight the people there are just there for a good time, no trouble what so ever. its expensive for a rave venue but so are all venues the ticket prices are reasonable but i would pay 10 times that to go there. check out breakin science at the palace, white hot!!!”
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Phil, London (10 years 5 months 21 days ago)

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“went here for new year. bangin night out. only setback was the price of drinks. i bought 2 double vodka and red bulls......£23.00!!!!”
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Dak, [ Unknown ] (10 years 6 months 17 days ago)

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