Nightjar operator Speakeasy Entertainment has taken on the lease of the Cock Tavern in London’s Smithfield Market.

Speakeasy has taken a free-of-tie lease until 2028 on the 220 sq ft subterranean pub with a 6am-2am licence for sale of alcohol Tuesday-Friday and 8am-2am Saturday- Sunday and 6am-11pm Monday. The bar is due to open in the autumn.

Chris Bickle associate director at Davis Coffer Lyons, who acted on the deal, said: “The EC1 and Smithfield Market area is currently one of the Capital’s most vibrant and active locations, from a commercial and licensed leisure perspective. As we get closer to the opening of Crossrail, the buzz is intensifying and this is reflected by the rents, and where appropriate, the premiums now being achieved. Our lettings campaign generated a huge amount of interest from a large cross section of operators - from high-end restaurants and emerging concepts, to craft beer and pub companies and specialist leisure. In the end, the plans Nightjar proposed stood out from the crowd and we have no doubt this will be an exciting addition to the area’s scene. In recent years DCL has handled deals on nearby Bird of Smithfield, St.Barts and The Fox & Anchor.”

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