Waterloo won’t be getting an Abba-themed restaurant

It’s been a bad week for Abba fans hoping to get their fix of 70s uber-pop, as the band’s co-founder Bjorn Ulvaeus has reportedly pulled the plug on a planned Mamma Mia-themed restaurant in Waterloo following protests from local residents.

The restaurant would have seen 520 visitors nightly for a meal at a Greek taverna-style dining area while the Mamma Mia musical plays out around them.

Proposals for Mamma Mia! The Party, an immersive theatre and restaurant experience from the Swedish superstar, were submitted to the local authority’s planning committee last year, who gave it conditional planning permission.

The restaurant, which was planned for a sit on Stamford Street, near to the South Bank, is part of  a chain that already operates in Stockholm, and was expected to welcome 520 visitors a night for a meal at a Greek taverna-style dining area while the Mamma Mia musical is played out around them.

However the concept was met with anger from local residents, who staged a protest on the vacant land ahead of a key planning meeting in November. Lambeth Council received 198 objections to the plans, and a petition with more than 700 signatures was presented to the council in October.

Stop Mamma Mia Party signs were also posted around the area by the Waterloo Residents’ Alliance.

They argued that the restaurant would encourage late night disturbances and that the site, which has been vacant since 1985, should instead be turned into affordable housing.

This week, Ulvaeus confirmed that he would not be moving forward with plans for the development, as reported by the Evening Standard. 

He said: “I have reached the conclusion that the party should not open on the South Bank near Waterloo.

“Despite being granted planning permission in November 2017, I’ve taken seriously the concerns expressed by some local residents living around Stamford Street and so have decided not to go ahead with our plans on this site.

“We have been looking at some equally exciting alternatives in London and expect to announce a new location shortly.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales and Marketing Director

New Generation Wines
London, UK

Brand and Marketing Manager

New Generation Wines
London, UK

Sales Account Manager x 2

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Business Development Manager / Account Manager

Harviestoun Brewery
Glasgow, UK, Scotland West

Staff Writer

The Drinks Business
London, UK

Customer Services Administrator

Speciality Drinks
London, UK

Marketing and Communications Manager

Southern England Wines (UK) Ltd
Petworth, UK

National Account Manager

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

UK Business Development Manager - South East/ East Anglia

Wine & Spirit Education Trust
London, UK

Wines from Spain Annual Tasting 2019

London,United Kingdom
7th Mar 2019

RAW WINE London

London,United Kingdom
10th Mar 2019
Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Rioja Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more