The popular Baby Love bar has announced its intention to move sites as part of Oriel College’s plans to redevelop the premises.
In a statement, the bar said that it intended to remain open for the “foreseeable future”, and would make it known to customers as soon as the new premises has been decided upon. Cherwell understands that Oxford City Council has not yet received an application by Baby Love to surrender the premises licence.
A spokesperson for Baby Love told Cherwell, “Over the past year, our landlords, Oriel College, have taken a decision to redevelop the site at King Edward Street, and as a result, we have mutually agreed that Baby Love would find a new home. Neither side knows exactly when this is going to happen, as third party decisions are involved”.
They continued, “Baby Love would be taking its ‘love’ to a new premises, and would inform you and all its loyal customers, the minute its been agreed. It’s a new beginning and an exciting one for us. We can assure all our regular customers that none of our promoted nights will be affected and parities will continue as usual, either at our present or our relocated site”.
A Hertford College Baby Love club rep told Cherwell, “I hope that they don’t move far away. Right now they’re in fairly close proximity to my college, and it would be annoying to have to trek as far as, say, Park End Street to bust my moves”.
Last week, a rumour circulated on social media that Baby Love had failed to renew its licence. Several students, including OUSU President Tom Rutland, Tweeted their dismay at the news. However, a Cherwell investigation revealed that the rumour was unfounded, with the City Council confirming that they had neither confiscated, nor received an application from the bar to surrender their licence.
Baby Love bar on King Edward Street is one of a chain of three ‘Baby’ bars in Oxford. Baby Love plays host to popular club student nights including Supermarket and Poptarts.
The bar’s statement concluded, “Baby Love would like to thank Oriel College for the years of fun it has afforded our customers and us in what has become as institution amongst the students of Oxford University. We thank them and extend all our best wishes for their future plans”.