Celebrity hotspot Gilgamesh closes
Site will 'remain a restaurant'
06 February, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
WITH a bar measuring 50 metres and reputed to be the longest in the world, Gilgamesh in Camden Lock Place had plenty of space to serve drinks to a celebrity-spotting clientele.
But the music stopped two weeks ago at the club and restaurant as its doors closed for the last time. The night spot, in a glass tower in the heart of the markets, has been taken over by landlords Market Tech. They now plan to renovate the space and reopen it as an as yet unnamed restaurant and events space.
Set up in 2006, its original owners had to hand back the keys after 18 months, following a dispute over rent – but then a consortium that included James Lawrence, an accountant to restaurateur and fashion mogul Richard Caring, took on the eaterie and created a space that became a landmark in Camden Town’s night economy.
Known for its snazzy, Babylonian-themed interior, retractable roof and pan-Asian menu, Gilgamesh boasted it attracted celebrities such as Idris Elba, Olly Murs, Girls Aloud, Emma Bunton, Fearne Cotton and Lisa Snowdon.
Gilgamesh spokesman Alex Rayner said: “It is with immense pride that we close the doors of Gilgamesh after over a decade of being part of people’s lives in the London drink, dine and dance scene. This is not the end of the Gilgamesh brand. Right now our pan-Asian chefs have teamed up with our sister restaurant Shaka-Zulu, in the same building, and have created a wonderful fusion menu. In the future we have plans to bring Gilgamesh back to London permanently.”
The new CEO of Market Tech, Chem Moravsky, said after a decade of success it was time for change. He said: “Gilgamesh was a lovely place. The interior had become a little dated. It needed to be refurbished and the market needs new content. It will remain a restaurant. We are updating the look, the feel and the offering.”