Mass and Babalou to be sold

By Zoe Jewell, Editor

The nightclub Mass and the restaurant bar Babalou, both located in St Matthew’s Church, have been put on the market by the owner Chicks Ltd .

The two venues are being marketed ‘with offers invited’, rather than at a fixed price.

They will remain trading under the current ownership until a deal is completed.

Chris Bickles, associate director at Davis Coffer Lyons who are dealing with the sale, said the current owners were moving on to “pursue other business interests” after a long time at Mass and Babalou.

He said: “It’s early days at the moment but I’d expect there to be a good market for these venues because there is currently lots of interest in sites with big capacity and licenses. A new owner could come in and put their own stamp on both of these businesses.”

The two venues have a combined capacity of well over 1,000 and both have 6am licenses.

Mass has hosted club nights since 1996, mainly featuring drum ‘n’ bass and R&B artists. Babalou – previously the Bug Bar – is a restaurant and bar, although it too has club nights on the weekends.

St Matthews Church was consecrated in 1824, providing a focal point for the community as new houses were built on Brixton Hill.