When live gigs are expected to return to Standard in Walthamstow


It’s been five years this week since we announced gigs were to be played again at a famous east London venue.

Live concerts are set to return to a historic concert hall in Walthamstow as part of a redevelopment of the site.

Waltham Forest Council has granted interim planning permission for a basement concert hall at The Standard, Blackhorse Lane, as part of a wider regeneration project in the area.

The site plans will also include a bar, a supermarket and 50 new apartments.

The Standard was a hotel and then a pub for most of its history, before becoming a dedicated entertainment venue in 1986.

It then hosted artists such as Suzi Quatro and Kula Shaker, as well as alternative comedy stars Alan Davies, Harry Enfield and Jack Dee until it closed.

The site was then bought by Turkish Food Center (TFC) in 2011 and was to become a supermarket.

However, the board says it was able to strike a deal with the chain to ‘safeguard’ the venue’s future.

Economic Growth Authority Cabinet Member Cllr Simon Miller said: ‘The historic Standard pub is a key gateway to the Blackhorse Lane area where we are carrying out major regeneration projects which will result by a new cultural center in Waltham Forest.

“Concert venues are essential to the development of artists and we are committed to supporting local creatives.

“The council regeneration team have worked closely with TFC to safeguard the Standard as a live music venue

“This mixed-use development project aligns with our goals and we will continue to work closely with the owners to help make this project a reality.”


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