The address that once housed London nightclub Home is set to become a giant Greggs.
Located at No 1, Leicester Square a 1,500 square foot ground floor unit will soon be the flagship branch of the British bakery chain. News of the transformation was shared on Twitter by DJ Dave Haslam, who was resident at the venue.
Home was an ambitious and short-lived club project that opened in 1999, spearheaded by the Big Beats company, which also ran the namesake venue in Sydney, and legendary 1990s dance music festival, Homelands. Running into problems early on, with Westminster Council denying an application for a 6AM license, owners had invested heavily in an impressive roster of DJs, which included Paul Oakenfold, who was also credited as director of music policy, alongside Steve Lawler, Tim Sheridan, and Paul Barkworth.
With a capacity of 2,400 set across a sprawling seven floors, Home's weekend nights consistently sold out, but alleged evidence of open drug dealing led to a forced closure in March 2001 by local authorities. It would never reopen, quickly going into receivership due to huge overheads and revenue disappearing once doors were shuttered, a situation founder Ron McCulloch described at the time as "catastrophic".
Listen to an Essential Mix from Paul Oakenfold, recorded live from home in 1999, below.