Is this the end of Tin Pan Alley?

In recent months there has been a lot of talk about the widening gap of London’s affluent dwellers and us ‘ordinary’ people, but none more has come as a shock to the Diabolical office than the news regarding one of London’s most eccentric and enterprising streets. Plans to develop the north side of Denmark Street as part of the Crossrail development are on the table. Home to the many rehearsal rooms and recording studies over the years that have seen albums recorded by Bowie, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath (to name only a few), while Elton John enjoyed coffee just down the road. Helter Skelter, Regent Sounds and many more independent music stores became the very reason to visit that end of town, along with The 12-Bar Club which opened its doors in 1994 in what was previously a set of stables (and is sadly relocating to Holloway Road at the end of this week). It will be a very sad day if Tin Pan Alley, which earned blue plaque status last year as home of British publishers and songwriters, is lost to luxury flats and retail outlets, but the redevelopment of some of London’s most historical areas seems to be a inevitability and a down right shame.