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The beat goes on

Love gigs? Then Omeara, the new live venue in London Bridge, is a must-visit

The beat goes on

London’s live-music venues have taken a battering of late. Around 40% have shut down in the past decade. Which is why the recent opening of Omeara, a two- oor, 9,000 sq ft, purpose-built music space in London Bridge, is great news, particularly for local Toggers at the Shard and Borough High Street. Omeara is the brainchild of Ben Lovett, of folk-rockers Mumford & Sons, though the music policy is anything-goes. “We’ve designed it so it works as well for electronic dance as it does for when we had The Pretenders in
here,” he says. “Young people are big fans of genre-less music.” The venue, which has ve bars, an outdoor terrace, and dining with table service, also opens on non-gig nights, as a foodie hangout; though music is its heartbeat. “People will always need to get together to dance, sing and meet others,” says Lovett. “Those things are essential to us as a species. If we can take any positives from all the unrest in the world it’s that there will be a reaction from artists. And many of them will be coming through our door.” Visit omearalondon.com