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Turnmills, London

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The Turnmills building was a warehouse originally on the corner of Turnmill Street and Clerkenwell Road in the London Borough of Islington. It became a bar in the 1980s, then a nightclub. The club closed in 2008 and the building was later demolished, replaced with an office building.Turnmills HistoryThe Victorian building opened in 1886 and was originally used as a warehouse and stables by the Great Northern Railway Company. The building later became a warehouse for Booth’s Dry Gin distillery before changing hands in 1985 and becoming a bar. The Clerkenwell area was well known for its gin distilleries during the Victorian era. Gordon's Gin distillery was originally sited in Goswell Road/Moreland Street, EC1, not far from Turnmills.In a bid to try and save the building from demolition various objections were put forward to Islington Council. William Palin, secretary of Save Britain’s Heritage, said that "It may not be as architecturally stunning as the Sessions House across the road but it’s a really good-quality commercial and industrial building. It’s a good example of an old building that’s been successfully re-used in a number of ways."Although English Heritage argued that the building possessed historic and an aesthetic value, the building was finally deemed not to be of considerable significance to be saved from the wrecking ball. The building finally closed on 24 March 2008.Turnmills ClubIn 1985 John Newman purchased the lease on the building and opened a bar/restaurant on the site. In 1990, the venue evolved into a nightclub. The first successful club night held at Turnmills was Xanadu, run and co-hosted by London club promoters Robert Pereno and Laurence Malice.
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  • It is one of the places the most crazy I know in London! A fantastic cade, a maze of arches and vaults in underground sound excellent, tonight there was roger sanchez of the heavy hand a huge tail: strip search required but in the fleet galore
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  • Turnmills has been a clubbing institution since the mid 90's when the legendary 'Trade' after hours club opened for business. The bald and beautiful of London's gay scene would bop away to cutting edg...  more »
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