Leicester Square’s former superclub Home is being transformed into an enormous Greggs.
The London venue - which closed in 2001 due to alleged on-site drug dealing - was spotted amidst a revamp this week where it appeared that the late club could soon be serving pastries and jam doughnuts.
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“The building at 1, Leicester Square, London that was once the short-lived superclub Home is about to become a huge 1,500 sq ft flagship branch of Greggs,” tweeted author and former Home resident Dave Haslam.
The building at 1, Leicester Square, London that was once the short-lived superclub Home - Paul Oakenfold was the resident DJ - is about to become a huge 1,500 sq ft flagship branch of Greggs @Mixmag @pauloakenfold @DJmag @SecretDJBook pic.twitter.com/aIsjBiTq80— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) July 14, 2022
Opening in 1999, Home - owned by nightclub chain Big Beats - was quickly considered one of London’s rare superclubs. During its time, the nightclub became one of the most popular nighttime spots in the UK.
Paul Oakenfold became Home’s ‘director of policy’ and took up a weekly residency at the club in its third room alongside other residents including Steve Lawler, Tim Sheridan, and Paul Barkworth.
Each night, Home would squeeze 2,400 people onto its dancefloors spread across seven levels. However, its time was short-lived, and the club was subsequently shut down in 2001 by Westminster Council.
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Since then, the building has been used as a studio for the UK version of MTV’s Total Request Live TV show after it was obtained by the London council.
It’s not, however, the first time that the worlds of Greggs and clubbing have collided - over in Birmingham, one of the chain's stores turned into a nightclub to welcome students back to uni in 2017.
The 24-hour store hosted a raucous late-night club event where punters dressed up as pasties, crowd surfed on giant inflatable doughnuts, and danced in front of a Greggs-provided soundsytem.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter