Shunt Bar and Club
An infamous bar that shut its doors in 2009 only to reopen in 2010, the same venue but with a new take - an arty, theatrical perspective.
The entrance is a tiny cubby hole in the ever popular London Bridge station, commuters completely surprised to see dozens of people queueing either side of an unlabelled doorway. Waiting for a few minutes we are let in for the hefty sum of £10. Once inside we are greeted with the most curious of layouts that i have ever encountered.
Cavern after cavern after hallway after tunnel of dark dank disused service tunnels that could have just was well been sewers but dried out and lit up with underlighting, with random pieces of furniture dotted about the place. The hallways went on and on, a stage in one, a live band in another. Before long a parade of folk dressed in zombie outfits with tights over their heads slowly march past us, never looking in our direction slowly strolling to the sound of a gong.
The venue has a number of bars dotted around serving mainly bottled beers and ciders with both coming in at high cost. The toilets at the far end were a bright mix of unisex cubicles and the tapestry of goings on made my head spin. I will mention sitting in an aisle of aeroplane seats watching on a cinema screen a 1970s untitled cartoon with bulky noise-cancelling headphones, with empty chairs around me in a dark chamber of architectural genius.
Unfortunately the atmosphere was not entirely present. The venue barely half filled and by 1am the staff were already beginning to shuffle people out of its doors. The worst part was a lack of tuneful music, the audibles was the heavy echo of people speaking and every now and then a folk band would pipe up for a very short rendition of an unmelodious chant meaning little to anybody.
Overall the consensus was that shunt had lost a lot of its former charm, now appealing to a more arty crowd but the venue itself is magnificent, enormous, awe-inspiring and despite the whole performance it has so much potential to be one of the best and most unique venues in the world - 9/10