Nightclub rises from the ashes to dance again
A Greenwich nightclub that was devastated by a fatal fire is set to reopen in October. The blaze almost totally destroyed Studio 338 on Greenwich Peninsula and claimed the life of 28-year-old employee Tomas Ceidukas in August last year.
The club has now announced, following a renovation of the venue, Studio 388 will reopen its terrace and studio floors with a weekend of parties on October 27, 28 and 29. Clubbers can expect fresh features at the venue including an LED light installation with video screen tentacles known as The Octopus, a rubberised dance floor to make those moves extra springy and a new acoustic system, as well as a stripped back studio floor.
In an open letter published online, Studio 338 music director Dan Perrin hailed “a whole new chapter” for the club and paid tribute to Tomas.
He said: “All our savings, all our lives, all of our time and all our hearts were in that fire. Not only that, but shortly after I got the news that our beloved Tomas had been caught up in the worst of it. I’m not a religious person but I begged and pleaded with anyone or anything up there that he would be OK.
“Tragically he passed the next day. Even the biggest men amongst us cried. I certainly did.
“He was the nicest person you could hope to meet. He had his whole life ahead of him and he was gone.
“Even now it’s almost too much to bear and so I won’t say too much more, except that we miss him terribly and everything we do from here on in has his smile at its centre.”
The Evening Standard reported at the time Tomas had been helping to rescue others trapped inside the burning building on August 8, 2016. He died two days later in hospital. Go to studio338.co.uk for more information.
The club is set to reopen in October