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The Troubador in Earls Court is up for sale

Isabelle Aron

It probably hasn't escaped your attention that London's music venues are being forced to shut up shop at a seriously depressing rate, and now another one might have to follow suit. The Troubador in Earls Court opened back in 1954 and since then its stage has hosted performances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Jimi Hendrix, who all performed their first UK gigs there. But the owners, Simon and Susie Thornhill, have been forced to put the venue on the market because they've been struggling to make enough money to keep the place afloat, particularly since a noise abatement notice served in 2012 means they now have to close the garden area after 9pm.

It's now on the market at £225,000, which is about half the price that a one-bed flat in the area would set you back, although it also has a ground rent of more than £150,000 a year. Lets just hope that whoever snaps it up keeps it open as a live music venue, because we definitely don't need another nondescript high-street coffee chain in its place. 

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