New bar operator takes over south London site

honey and venom tootingA new cocktail bar and coffee shop is to be launched in the former premises of a south London bar that was sold at a premium despite being closed.

The former site of Honey & Venom in Tooting Bec has been sold to new independent operator Red Trousers Entertainment which plans an extensive refurbishment before reopening it in June as The Imperial Durbar.

It will provide a new all-day offer with the focus on a family-oriented coffee shop during the day before shifting towards a cocktail bar operation in the evenings.

The site, next to Tooting Bec station, opened as Honey & Venom in early 2013 but closed before being marketed by leisure property specialist Davis Coffer Lyons (DCL).

Charlotte Wild, chartered surveyor at DCL, said: “This bar is in a fabulous location and the new offer is really going to appeal to the area’s demographic of both families and young professionals.

“We are seeing major changes in Tooting and other similar areas around the capital as young professionals are pushed out of more traditional locations. This is having a profound effect on the local leisure market, which is reflected by the premium we secured for a closed site.”

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