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London property: Abandoned Grade II listed Bromley building to become a restaurant and bar

EXCLUSIVE: New mixed-use working and hospitality site for South London will have flexible workspace, all-day-dining restaurant and bar, and a boutique hotel

By  Josiah Mortimer  City Hall Editor


The part-Grade II listed building has stood empty for years and was recently added to the Heritage at Risk register (Image: Clockwise)

A massive new co-working hub and hospitality venue is set to open in Bromley on September 12, as part of a major regeneration of Bromley Old Town Hall. The site hosted David Bowie’s marriage to US actress Angie (born Angela Barnett) in 1970 but has been vacant for a decade.

The Tweedy Road development will include 800 desks, an all-day dining restaurant and a bar. Brama, a 24-room “boutique” hotel is set to open shortly afterwards. Spanning more than 62,000 sq. ft, the new South London site will be co-working company Clockwise’s largest project yet with a range of spaces to support Bromley’s burgeoning business hub – including dedicated offices, private desks, a podcast room, members’ lounge, café, and terrace.

Originally built in 1906, with further additions in 1939, the part-Grade II listed building has stood empty for years and was recently added to the Heritage at Risk register in 2009, before co-working firm Clockwork’s owner Castleforge took it on. Many of the original details and materials have been retained throughout the building, with standout features including a grand entrance hall housing the reception, flanked with four giant fluted concrete columns clad in green marble, three large stained-glass windows in the former old Council Chambers, and vaulted doors in the former ‘holding cells’ of the old Courthouse.


David Bowie (1947 – 2016) and his wife Angie at Victoria Station shortly after they married in Bromley in 1970 (Image: Smith/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The building has been “sensitively restored” by leading architect Cartwright Pickard, and designers Fusion Interiors Group. Other features include original wood panelling in the old Courthouse which will house the restaurant, and records of the former mayors listed at Bromley Old Town Halls grand entrance.

Backers say the design concept takes inspiration from the building’s past while bringing it into the 21st century. The facilities are designed to support the trend toward new working patterns, accelerated by Covid. Alexandra Brunner, Chief Operating Officer at Clockwise, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be opening our second London home to complement our existing North London offering, and to be custodians of such an important building as Bromley Old Town Hall.

“The location was chosen because of Bromley’s vibrant town centre and community – with an economy which exceeds 13,000 businesses. Its high levels of employment, skilled workforce, and burgeoning start-up scene with higher-than-average survival rates make it a natural centre for business. Bromley is the only London borough with a dedicated business airport within its boundaries – and has the second highest Public Transport Accessibility Level making it a great centre for commerce. We’re very much looking forward to joining the local community.”


The members’ club at the Bromley Old Town Hall (Image: Clockwise)

Michael Kovacs, Founding Partner of Castleforge, said: “We are proud to be opening the doors to Bromley Town Hall and unveiling its transformation into a hub for business, hospitality and socialising, right in the heart of the community. After years of disuse, it is fantastic to see this redevelopment breathe new life into the building.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and new Clockwise members to see the refurbished space for themselves.” The late David Bowie was born in Brixton and his marriage to Angie ended in 1980.