Over the years we have seen London’s gay scene decline with the closing of gay venues like Area, Barcode (both Vauxhall & Soho), The Edge, The Black Cap and Lo Profile.
However, Wayne Shires is going south and taking over the club formerly knows as Factory & than Club 65.
Wayne already owns East Bloc and The Bloc Bar in Camden, and this venture will be called South Bloc.
It was Wayne Shires who kicked off the gay scene in Vauxhall all those years ago with the groundbreaking Crash, and it’s now as if he is returning to his ancestral stomping ground. He is also known for his previous clubs such as Substation & The Cock and one of the founders of London’s longest running clubs Beyond.
This new venue will be the home of Brut which launched at the Steel Yard in 2015 but has been missing from the gay calendar of late. According to the Brut website, the club is “in hibernation”.
Wayne posted images of the new venue (you can see below) saying “Works well underway for Brut London‘s new home”
At this point we do not know what other clubs and nights will be held here.
Bloc South will be at 65 Albert Embankment. The space has a capacity of 300 people.
According to the license application, the club will open seven days a week. It will be open from 12pm to 1.30am from Monday to Thursday, open till 5.30am on Friday and Saturday, and close at 2.30am on Sunday. The bar will stop serving half hour before closure.