Last weekend, in the former Royal Mail West Central District sorting office, near LRB HQ, an illegal rave took place. It didn’t take long for the police to arrive: here you can see them trying to stop people getting into the building. As the comments below the video make clear, they failed. The ravers all got in, held their ground and the police withdrew. Perhaps they realised forcing a few hundred pilled-up party-goers onto the streets of Bloomsbury in the small hours was more trouble than it was worth – likewise, attempting to storm a building with a single, narrow exit.
Illegal raves have never gone away. But there can’t have been one as brazen as this – as brazenly central at least – since the 1980s. It would be crude to draw too many parallels between the present government and Thatcher’s, and the effects of their respective policies on the mood and temperature of the counter-culture. Still, the correlation’s there. Shame Centrepoint is no longer empty.