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Amidst venues shutting across the capital Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons’ fame is bucking the trend and has opened Omeara, a new music venue and bar.

The space which promises to host everything from indie club nights and talks to burlesque evenings and magic is located on The Low Line, a new pedestrianised area almost equidistant between Borough Market and London Bridge.

The Low Line is part of Flat Iron Square, a new development where music, food, entertainment and culture blend together across seven railway arches. It’s backed by the Mayor’s office – I sadly didn’t see Sadiq Khan amongst the hustle and bustle on opening night.

Walking into Omeara is akin to entering what I imagined a ruined Aztec house would look like – a big open space with exposed brickwork and hanging plants. The live room which has a capacity to hold 320 is designed in a similar vein – the low vintage lighting making it even more atmospheric.

The place is a bit of a maze. Wandering through interconnected railway arches I meet fellow explorers, many clutching cans of red stripe. Upstairs you can find a pretty smokers terrace complete with fairy light and hanging umbrellas. A stunning light arrangement project an 'O' sign onto the church across the road as the trains rumble past. Back inside here is a mezzanine level bar full of booths to get accustomed to the drinks menu.

Drinks-wise I started off Caple Road Cider served by the can. I found there was something relaxing about drinking out of a can in a venue. For those not into cider or beer (canned or otherwise) there is a bar back full of spirits and one of each variety of wine.

For the more adventurous minded drinker there are flights of tequila which composes of a bartender’s choice of three agave spirits.

For me, the mezzanine level is the perfect place to settle in for some late-night drinking.

Artists already confirmed to perform at Omeara over the coming months include Frances, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and Lamb’s Lou Rhodes with many more due for announcement imminently.

Need to Know:

Omeara

6 O’Meara Street, London, SE1 1TE

omearalondon.com


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