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After Horrific Fight, Legendary London Club Madame JoJo's Shutters

After Horrific Fight, Legendary London Club Madame JoJo's Shutters

After Horrific Fight, Legendary London Club Madame JoJo's Shutters

The nightclub attracted hip-hop fans, burlesque dancers, and gay party animals in equal measure.

Around since the 1950s, London nightclub Madame JoJo's closed its doors last month following a violent altercation.

After a patron got into a fight with bouncers — which escalated into bottle throwing and a baseball bat attack — the local city council revoked the club's operating license, forcing the closure. But many of JoJo's regulars say the council's decision was based less on public safety and more on a desire to gentrify the SoHo neighborhood.

“In my opinion, it seems that the council just used the incident as a good excuse to take away the licence,” party promoter Marcus Harris told The Guardian. “It’s one of the few places left round there which has a 3 a.m. licence, seven nights a week. If you look at the way the area is changing, they clearly don’t want a late night drinking presence anywhere in Soho anymore. They want to make Soho about families — shopping, going out to eat, going to the theatre. The bars shut at 11 and you’re home by midnight.”

JoJo's did hire a new manager and security team after the incident, but it wasn't enough to sway the council, which approved a demolition of the property. A protest march against the council's actions took place recently.

Many are lamenting the diverse crowd that Madame JoJo's attracted, with nights devoted to cabaret, drag shows, hip-hop, pop, and burlesque.

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