The Columbo Group announces plans for new south London club

Steve Ball

Leading restaurant and late-night operator The Columbo Group has announced plans for a new bar and club in south London.

Phonox is due to open in September in the former premises of well-known Brixton club Plan B which closed last month. The site was previously owned by brothers Andrew and James Campana who sold their bar The Loft in Clapham to CG Restaurants & Bars earlier this year.

The Columbo Group said Phonox would be about “simplicity”: there will be one dance floor, one great sound system and one DJ all night.

Friday nights will see a line-up of DJs who will take on all-night sets, said to be a task that “separates incredibly talented DJs from the rest”, while Saturdays will be given to a yet-to-be-announced new resident DJ. The venue will be open as a bar from 6pm daily, transitioning into a club as the evening continues.

The Columbo Group’s founder, Steve Ball (pictured), said: “In an almost suffocating time for UK clubbers who have become accustomed to the all-too-common story of club closures, Phonox stands as a fresh opportunity to champion what the public love about London nightlife.”

The Columbo Group has already acquired the site of Electric Social in Brixton which it is converting into a third outing for its music, barbecue and bourbon concept The Blues Kitchen.

This latest acquisition brings the group’s portfolio of restaurants, bars, clubs and live music venues in London to nine. Its other sites include The Cat & Mutton in Hackney, The Old Queens Head in Islington, Paradise by way of Kensal Green, XOYO in Shoreditch and The Nest in Dalston.

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