Best known as one of Mumford’s Sons, Ben Lovett is perhaps more prolific as a co-founder of the successful Communion label. As well as being a 350 capacity gig venue, Omeara hosts indie club nights, talks, comedy and more. It opened in October along the ‘Low Line’, a stretch of railside street running between London Bridge and Waterloo which is backed by the Mayor’s office – so expect to see Sadiq down the front after work most nights.
In a nutshell...
Omeara is one of London’s newest music venues, having been opened late last year by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, and is already proving to be a favourite amongst gig-goers. Where is it? It’s tucked into Flat Iron Square – Southwark’s new food hub. Just look for the pink lights and friendly door staff and you’ll find it.
What’s the vibe?
The live room is ornate, but slightly dishevelled, making it feel like you’re in a tiny ballroom that’s only recently been rediscovered. Go there to see the buzziest new artists (recent visitors include Pharrell’s favourite Maggie Rogers and Swedish pop princess Skott) or party with the coolest people in town – Skepta did choose Omeara to host his post-Brit Awards gathering, after all.
What makes it a great venue?
Despite it being only 350 capacity, there’s a raised bit at the back so you don’t get stuck staring at the back of someone’s head all night. Plus, when the music’s over, there’s a standalone bar to drink at, a gallery space to browse exhibitions, an all-night club space and a roof terrace with a killer view of The Shard.
What’s the booze situation?
Expect to pay standard London prices. In the live room, a can of Red Stripe is your cheapest bet at £4.50, while house wine or a spirit and mixer will set you back £5 and £5.50, respectively.
What’s the weirdest thing to happen at a gig there?
According to the team behind the venue, it’s the lack of chattering during the acts. ‘Maybe it’s something do with the venue’s amazing sightlines,’ they say, ‘but the weirdest moments for us are always just how much people seem to respect the artist performing.’ You can’t say that about many places.