Camden is renowned for its live performance scene and Koko has been at its heart since 1900. Its incarnations as a cinema, a recording studio/TV set, a theatre and latterly a nightclub have established the 1a Camden High Street venue as a world-leading outlet for established stars and rising talent - with everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Kanye West having graced its stage.
Koko is now set to move into its newest phase of development, with its owners revealing exciting plans to turn the venue into an all-round destination.
Details recently released show plans for a 32-room boutique hotel, a bar and a dining room together with a secondary restaurant. The expansion is thanks to Koko's acquisition of the disused Hope & Anchor pub in Crowndale Road and two further industrial properties at the corner of Bayham Street.
If plans are approved, there will also be a "giant signature suite" set out over two floors for VIP guests, a recording studio for performers playing gigs at Koko, the restoration of the building's facade and the reinstatement of the cupola above the dome on the main exterior fronting Camden High Street.
The plans represent an exciting opportunity for Camden to cement its reputation for evolving in line with trends and demand.
The facade of the 1900 building will be restored and the cupola above the dome on the main façade fronting Camden High Street reinstated.