Koko + The Hope & Anchor

Koko + The Hope & Anchor

Camden, London

Winner - Venue of the Year 2023

We are very pleased to announce that KOKO brought home the coveted title of Venue of the Year at The Live Awards 2023, beating The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium, three major UK arenas in Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool, as well as all other venues in the country.

Winners & Finalists - The LIVE Awards 2023

The project

Refurbishment and extension of Grade II listed iconic North London nightclub (c. 1900, originally a music theatre designed by W.G.R. Sprague). The complex refurbishment and extension consisted of the demolition of existing buildings (within a Conservation Area), retention of Grade II listed façade, and construction of a new private members club, containing a variety of restaurants, bars and performance venues as well as a recording and broadcasting studio.

The project also included reconstruction of the timber, copper clad dome and lead cloaked cupola and the alteration and full restoration of the historic, Grade II Listed theatre.

Scope included

  • Extensive refurbishment & construction over 78,000 sq ft
  • Mixed use including venues, retail units, recording studio, bars & restaurants
  • 2,382 capacity (across several venues)
  • Restoration of listed auditorium ceiling (fibrous plaster)
  • Works to stage & fly tower
  • High-end internal fit-out (including bars, restaurants & studio space)
  • Creation of glazed pavilion above existing roof structure
  • Reinstatement of historic Hope & Anchor Pub
  • New MEP services including new plant
  • Sub-station
  • BREEAM® Excellent rating


  • Demolition & creation of new superstructure
  • Double-basement & pre-cast concrete core
  • Structural steelwork
  • New & retained masonry elevations
  • Stone cladding & works to retained façade (c. 1860)
  • Extensive roof-works including copperwork dome restoration
  • Reinstating of historic cupola
  • Creation of 4th Floor glazed roof extension
  • Window replacement/refurbishment & architectural glazing
  • Extensive bespoke glazed rainscreen, alongside heavily acoustic treated external capital plant deck
  • Internal staircases & two new lifts
  • Acoustic louvres
  • External doors

High-end fit-out

  • 4 floors comprising 3 new restaurants, roof terrace (above original theatre roof), penthouse, recording studio, piano room, library, secret speakeasy, cocktail bar & boutique vinyl listening booths
  • Bespoke joinery & specialist fabrics
  • Onyx topped feature bar within House of KOKO
  • ‘Back-to-back’ feature bar within KOKO theatre
  • Installation of FF&E including art collection
  • Installation of specialist sound system throughout

What People Say

I’ve employed Dave and his team on several projects and have always been impressed with their professionalism and their Can Do approach to some of the most difficult construction challenges.
Matthew Pryor, Cityscape

I am delighted to recommend Make One for similar bespoke and high-quality works, and would recommend the team to our own clients in the future.
David Archer, Archer Humphryes Architects

We have worked with Make One on a number of projects, including a 13,000 sq ft new build prime residential home. Our experience with Make One and the final quality were both exceptional.
Andrew Pilcher, Pierce Hill

I have worked for David Westwood for over a decade and it has always been a hugely positive experience as it is now proving the case with Make One’s fantastic KOKO project.
Ian Bolt, Custom Sight & Sound Ltd

After working with David Westwood and his team over the last decade, I have always been impressed with their professionalism and commitment to every project.
Ian Pryor, Quantem

Make One have proactively helped deliver a very complicated development of a London landmark building.
James Morgan , Heyne Tillet Steel

Make One score five stars for communication, adaptability and overall performance.
Jon Riley, Locker and Riley