Controversial Kingston nighclub set to re-open under new name despite some fears for safety


Oceana nightclub temporarily lost its license after the murder of Jamie Sanderson last year.

By Rachel Hur

The controversial Oceana nightclub in Kingston will reopen tonight under the new name ‘Pryzm’, after a £1million investment.

The nightclub, on Clarence Street, had its license revoked by Kingston Council after the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Sanderson last year.

Despite strong opposition from residents, doors will re-open tonight with a ticket-only party featuring special performances including Britain’s Got Talent contestants Globots.

The investment includes a new app that allows customers to order and pay for drinks through their smart phone or tablet with Paypal or credit/debit card for them to be delivered to their table.

General manager, Dan Corry said: “Oceana was a successful brand for 11 years but fashions and trends evolve and we are delighted to be part of the new Pryzm roll-out which reflects the multi-characteristics of the new design. 

“The refurbished club design will have three dance arenas, an exclusive VIP area plus a chic and stylish bar all under one roof, appealing to a broader and more mature customer base.”

The rebranding of the club has received mixed reviews.

Jennifer Calden, 20, student at Kingston University, said: “I still think it would be good to have new facilities in, even though students living in Kingston were fond of Oceana.”

However, the mother of tragic 20-year-old Jamie criticized the clubs new safety measures and told the Surrey Comet: “They’re just following procedure. They have to do that by law.

“They’re a business. And they want to stay open.”

The decision to reopen the club was met by angry residents who believed the premises should not be used as a nightclub after the tragic murder last year.

For more information of Pryzm, Kingston, visit or call 0845 293 2863.

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