Madame JoJo’s, the legendary Soho burlesque club, is set to reopen.
The nightspot closed in 2014 after Westminster council revoked its license due to a violent incident. But its fate was sealed months earlier after plans were approved that would see the venue demolished to make way for an extensive redevelopment project.
Now, the premises owners, Soho Estates, have confirmed that they are planning to revive the club. Speaking to London Live this morning, the company’s managing director John James said that: “We're going to build a bigger and better basement club which is going to reappear as Madame Jojo’s”.
He added: “We are going to reconfigure the area in which JoJos use to operate, it has had its shelf life”.
Under developer’s original plans, the site of the club was to “undergo extensive demolition and remodelling, involving the levelling of the floor plane, adjustment of the layout and improvement to access”.
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After the club’s closure was announced in 2014, a petition to save Madame JoJo’s garnered 10,000 signatures. In a statement accompanying the petition, supporters accused Soho Estates of “irrevocably diminish[ing] the unique character of this area”.
DJ Mag has reached out to Soho Estates for comment.