Canavan’s has closed permanently

With "no help from the government," the much-loved Peckham pool club is shutting its doors

25.09.20

Words by: Felicity Martin

Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club will be shutting its doors for the final time tonight.

A statement from club owner Kieran Canavan was posted on its Facebook page yesterday, stating that with “no help from the government” it has been forced to permanently close.

“After having talks with the landladies they are refusing to reduce the rent until the virus is dealt with,” Canavan wrote. “I can not afford to pay three months rent in advance in this situation.”

In reference to the British government’s new 10pm curfew measures, he said: “As you know we are a night time club and only get busy after 10.00pm there is no way I can survive.”

“I want to thank everyone who made Canavan’s the world famous venue it became.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a club-goer to help the Rye Lane venue survive, although it has been estimated they would need to raise £40,000.

UPDATE: Canavan responded to the suggestions to start a fundraiser, thanking people for the offer to help but wrote that “it would be like being on the titanic with a cup to bail it out.”

The much-loved venue hosted some international (and local) legends, and became the home of Bradley Zero’s infamous Rhythm Section nights.

Read a tribute to those nights at Canavan’s: The south London vinyl-only, no-photo dance party that keeps the world locked out

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