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The Shunt lounge, a clandestine speakeasy-cum-performance space formerly located beneath London Bridge, has closed then re-opened before closing once again in the past year alone, so it’s unsurprising (but welcome nonetheless) to learn that it is being brought back to life.
The Shunt collective remains the same, but the venue isn’t. Turfed out of their original home, Shunt moved into a disused cigar factory on Bermondsey Street last year, which they converted into a set for the acclaimed play, Money. While the play is still running during weekdays, the space will be opened up to regular punters each Saturday and Sunday night; though the smaller dimensions will mean a reduced ambition, the hope is to recreate the unpredictable nocturnal reveries familiar to anybody who visited the original lounge.
Saturday nights are dedicated to “vertical and horizontal drinking” from 6.30pm till half-past midnight, with “BBQs, bands, bar, karaoke, comedy, music, dancing and other shunty stuff” promised; entry is free. On Sunday nights, an entry fee of £5 will get you access to the Shunt cabaret night, which includes “comedy, shows and experiments”.
Shunt, at 42-44 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD