All-night Airbnb rave turns Canonbury flat into ‘nightclub’ – with DJ and bouncer

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02 10 March 2017

200 people squeezed into this flat on Friday night for a party.

200 people squeezed into this flat on Friday night for a party.


Neighbours had the “worst night ever” after 200 ravers descended on a one-bedroom Airbnb flat in Canonbury for a “nightclub-scale” party – complete with DJ and bouncer.

"It sounded like Fabric was upstairs"

Downstairs neighbour

Anyone trying to get some sleep in leafy Grosvenor Avenue was forced to contend with blaring music until 6am on Saturday morning, despite police and the council being called before midnight.

Fed-up locals, speaking to the Gazette outside their homes, said cops, who arrived at 3am, were standing around for more than an hour before confronting the partygoers.

The town hall, which had already sent staff to the scene, said the officers were waiting for backup because the crowd was too aggressive.

“It was like a football crowd,” said the next-door neighbour, whose wife is pregnant. “It was the worst night ever. I could hear the music louder than if I was playing it in my own living room.

The party was compared by a neighbour to nightclub Fabric. Picture: Danny Seaton The party was compared by a neighbour to nightclub Fabric. Picture: Danny Seaton

“There was a bouncer stopping people without a ticket from going in. You needed the riot police, not one guy from the council – there were fights outside in the street.

“They must have been standing on top of each other in there – it’s a one-bedroom flat. It was like Alice in Wonderland watching them come out.

“There was a microphone and professional speakers. I’ve got a pretty good sound system in my house and it was better than that. It was horrible music – the worst night’s sleep ever.”

Police at first told a neighbour to call the council. Unsurprisingly the staff who turned up were unable to get ravers to shut the sound off – so called police, who then needed to send for backup because of the huge number of people.

The man next door continued: “There was a big police van and another car, but they were just standing outside for hours.”

A neighbour who lives beneath the party flat also said she could see police from her window and said they finally began clearing people out at 4.30am.

“It sounded like Fabric was upstairs,” she said. “It was just the constant bass thud. We saw one guy carrying in DJ equipment.”

The neighbour told the owner, who was in Vietnam, what was going on and he told her to call the police. “He felt terrible and couldn’t do anything,” she said. “We know he uses Airbnb but it’s never been an issue.”

Islington’s community safety boss Cllr Andy Hull, said: “This was selfish, aggressive, and unacceptable behaviour.

“Our out-of-hours anti-social behaviour team investigates noise complaints. They went to this property but found themselves in an aggressive situation, involving many people outside.

“Our officers could not enter safely and had to call police for assistance. Because of the numbers involved, extra police then had to be requested and, as a result of this action, the party closed and all left.

“The council has contacted the property owner, as the occupiers had breached their Airbnb agreement.”

An Airbnb spokesman said the guest had now been banned by the company.

He said: “We have zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour. We are supporting the host and have removed the guest from Airbnb.

“There have been over 160 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings and negative incidents like this are incredibly rare.”

Police gave mixed messages about how the rave was dealt with. @MPSIslington tweeted at the time to say they had cleared the flat due to “drugs and disorder”. But Scotland Yard’s press office later said “no criminal offences were apparent” and cops merely “maintained a presence until the party concluded”.

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  • I hope the owners are ready for worst part of this experience: dealing with airbnb's insurance people. I had a very similar thing happen to my flat in Hackney. Apparently it's quite common the police told us. My initial claim to airbnb was around £4000, and I decided not to claim for some of the damage and lost stuff that I didn't have receipts for. After about 6 weeks of haggling, airbnb offered me £500, telling me that I had "48 hours to accept this offer", "if the offer is not accepted no other offer will be forthcoming", and "remember we reserve the right to have the final say in any dispute." What I would say to the owner is do not allow yourself to be bullied by airbnb. Their tactics were shamefully low and made a very horrible experience for us even worse. In the end though, I imagine our case handler got a pat on the back because we ended up settling for just under £2,000, which saved airbnb £2,000. Good on you airbnb! Thanks for that "million dollar guarantee".

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    Michael Blom

    Friday, March 10, 2017

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