Lake Pavilion, Copenhagen

The Lake Pavilion (Danish: Søpavillonen) is a historic building at The Lakes in central Copenhagen, Denmark. Situated on the north side of Gyldenløvesgade, on the embankment that separates Peblinge Lake and Sankt Jørgens Lake, it was completed in 1895 to a Historicist design by Vilhelm Dahlerup and listed in 1984.[1]

The Lake Pavilion


Ice skaters on Peblinge Lake in the 1910s
The Lake Pavilion depicted by Thorvald Jørgensen
The Lake Pavilion

The Lake Pavilion was built for the Copenhagen Ice Skating Club, whose members had used The Lakes for ice skating during the winter months since the club's foundation in 1870. They first used Sortedam Lake but from 1886 also Peblinge Lake.[2]

In 1965 it was sold to Oscar Davidsen a restaurateur specializing in Smørrebrød. The restaurant moved to new premises in Store Kongensgade in 1974.[3] The architect Jørn Utzon created a design proposal for a swimming centre at the site in 1979 but the project was never realized.[4] The building was instead purchased by the publicist Palle Fogtdal and for a while served as a meeting place for The Adventurers' Club of Denmark.[5] The building has later been a venue for entertainment and music clubs.[6]


The building is currently being used as a nightclub under its original name; Søpavillonen - or simply - and as a restaurant called Babylon. The venue is owned and operated by the nightclub duo Simon & Simon.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "Sag: Søpavillonen" (in Danish). Kulturstyrelsen. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  2. ^ "Peblinge Sø, uden datering" (in Danish). Københavns Museum. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  3. ^ "Historie" (in Danish). Ida Davidsen. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  4. ^ "R vil bygge Utzons svømmehal ved søerne" (in Danish). Metroxpres. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  5. ^ "Søpavillonen" (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  6. ^ "Klamydiaslottet skifter navn" (in Danish). AOK. Retrieved 2014-02-13.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Søpavillonen er genfødt: Se billederne fra snigåbningen". 10 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Klubkonger åbner restaurant og natklub i Søpavillonen". 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Legendariske Søpavillonen genåbner til foråret: »Vi regner med at se dem, der elsker at danse". 14 February 2019.

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Coordinates: 55°40′55″N 12°33′33″E / 55.68194°N 12.55917°E / 55.68194; 12.55917