Guide To West London
|| If you’re
looking for a cultural experience during your stay in
West London, you’ll find a wealth of interesting
events and venues close by.
Culture vultures enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Riverside
Studios [map] which is like a scaled down version of
London’s South Bank area.
This thriving arts and media centre is located at Crisp
Road, Hammersmith, W5, and was originally a theatre and
cinema dating back to 1934, which is famous for being
the first place to broadcast colour television. The venue
is now brimming with contemporary art, and hosts a range
of workshops including theatre, music and poetry.
If this doesn’t satisfy your craving for all things
media head to The Electric Cinema [map],
Portobello Road, Notting Hill, which is believed to be
the oldest cinema in the country. With a programme packed
with art house and independent films, as well as general
release and block busters, there’s something for
Sit back in one of the huge comfortable chairs and enjoy
the Edwardian décor. This small venue – seating
just 190 people – is a real treat for movie enthusiasts.
Take a look into the past with a visit to Leighton
House Art Gallery and Museum [map],
Holland Park Road. This former home of the great nineteenth
century classical painter Lord Leighton is open to visitors
and offers an exciting blend of stately home and art gallery. Impressive collections of Victorian
art and contemporary exhibitions are available here.
Arts lovers will be impressed by the choice of venues
and studios available in Notting Hill.
Try The Tabernacle [map],
Powis Square, which has recently undergone an exciting
renovation. The building is now a fully accessible arts
and learning centre with a wonderful theatre, contemporary
visual art gallery and digital arts, music technology
and dance studios. The arts facilities are complemented
by meeting rooms, a café and bars.
Led by the Tabernacle Trust, the organisation owes much
of its 133-year history to the political struggles, creative
sweat and artistic inspiration of local people.
Notting Hill [map] and Ladbroke Grove [map] play host to one of the world’s best carnivals.
The Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place in London
on the last weekend of August for the past 35 years. The
festivities started as a local affair set up by the West
Indian immigrants of the area and has become a full-blooded
Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of people from
all around the world. There are scores of massive “sound
systems”, many spectacular floats and steel drum
bands. To keep you well fed, there are hundreds of stalls
lining the streets of the area selling all sorts of food
and drink including Caribbean specialities.
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