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London’s House of Vans to close after eight years

The intimate venue hosted memorable shows from the likes of Foo Fighters, Metallica and Foals.

By Nick Reilly

Metallica play at House of Vans in 2016 (Picture: YouTube)

London’s House of Vans has announced it is to shut its doors for the final time next month.

The intimate venue, which was located in the tunnels underneath Waterloo Station, will close on December 10. It opened in 2014 and memorably hosted small one-off gigs from acts including Foo Fighters, Metallica, Royal Blood, Foals, and most recently, Anderson.Paak.

Sponsored by US shoe brand Vans, the underground space also boasted a skate park and areas for indie film premieres and screenings.

Announcing its closure, a statement on the venue’s social channels said: “After 8 years of unforgettable memories, on December 10th House of Vans London is closing its doors.

“The time has come to grow our presence in other cities too and you will be hearing more from us soon. We have a packed schedule until then, so come and join us for one last dance.”

Paying tribute, indie two-piece Arxx commented on Instagram: “This is heartbreaking!! This was our favourite ever place to play.”

Skateboarder Marc Churchill added: “Absolutely gutted and saddened to see this. Thank you for having me involved on so many levels, and thank you to each and every member of staff who provided such a great service to all who ambled the arches.”

It is yet to be confirmed if the venue will continue to operate under the ownership of a new operator.