The Libertines announce new name of their Cliftonville hotel with first video glimpse inside

The Libertines

The Libertines have renamed their Cliftonville hotel.

The band bought 20-room property  Palm Court Hotel last year. They have now renamed it The Albion Rooms. An opening date and launch party is to be announced.

A press statement says: “Inspired by the celluloid co-habitation antics of the Beatles and the Monkees, Carl, Gary, John and Peter had been looking for a creative home: a living art space, a Warholian factory, with guest rooms, a bar and studio.”

The guest rooms are “individually designed (and) each with a distinctly Libertines’ style.”


The property was purchased by SPANIEL, SPANIEL, LOMBARD & ROWNTREE LIMITED on August 11 for £458,000.

The London firm’s director Carl Ashley Raphael Barat has worked with Libertine’s frontman Pete Doherty.

A change of use of the ground floor single storey rear extension of the hotel to a music recording studio was approved by Thanet council last year.

To coincide with the new ame The Libertines have launched a new web platform at which will include, exclusive content charting progress of The Albion Rooms, recording sessions and glimpses of day to day life – think “Down and Out in Paris And London” via a pie and mash shop on Margate prom.

The new website will also offer a new and classic Libertines merchandise range, and opportunities for fans to become patrons of their new arthouse.


The  band will record at the studio in the rear of the property and rent it out to other musicians whilst also retaining the hotel.

They have already made themselves at home and have started writing their fourth studio album. Fans and press will be invited  to play a part in the creative process.

Once complete the album will be played back to the media and launched with a party and show at ‘The Albion Rooms.’ The new album is scheduled to be released in summer 2018.

The studio will be finished next month and plans for the bar are underway. The guest rooms will open fully after the recording of the new album.

Among the artwork that will be adorning the walls of the new Albion Rooms Hotel will be the album artwork from “The Milkman’s Horse” dedicated to  super fan and friend Hendrik Van Dale who sadly died last year.

Photo Dean Fragile

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