A leading Croydon nightclub, Tiger Tiger, is to shut this weekend.
A spokeswoman for owners Novus Leisure told Eastlondonlines: “We don’t wish to disclose any information on our club except yes indeed we are closinf.”
The club has been particularly popular with students because of often-discounted entrance fees.
One regular compared it on Twitter to “knocking down Big Ben in Westminster” while another claimed that his youth was “officially over”.
The club has been a fixture of Croydon’s nightlife for the past 15 years, establishing itself as a destination of choice for R&B and UK garage fans since around 2008 and with frequent celebrity DJ nights. Last April, US rap superstar Nelly’s European tour included spinning tunes at the Croydon’s nightclub.
Regretful tweets included:
Cannot believe @TigerTigerCroy is closing down! Too many amazing memories made there! RIP😩💔
— BeccaLydiaLouise (@BeccaLLShellan) January 5, 2016
Many clubbers shared their grief by telling some of their fond and sometimes blurry memories about the venue that has been a student’s favourite thanks to its discounted entrance.
Jo of TheLadyLondon blogged: “20 things you only know if you went to Tiger Tiger Croydon.”
She told EastLondonLines: “It’s weirdly a bit of a South London institution. And if you want to get high brow, it goes to show how Croydon’s changing. Old gentrification is beginning to creep in: there is no room for a tiger in hipster ville”.
Croydon Council leader Tony Newman was among those not sorry to see it go. He said the club was “outdated” and said a more “family friendly” environment was needed.
Croydon has seen two other recent night spot closures, the Black Sheep Bar and Yates Pub.