South east London is something of a desert. Transport, culture, excitement . . . all more or less die when one strays beyond the artsy confines of Peckham. In fact, step off the train at Honor Oak Park and you'd be forgiven for thinking you've arrived in a sleepy market town out in the home counties. It's not unlike the depressing cultural void that is Vauxhall but at least there you've got...more
Such a lovely place. Whenever I walk in I feel like a 1940s woman attending a dance during the Second World War.
The decor is beautiful, but strangely enough my favourite part of the whole place is the loos! They are very old (which sounds bad, but it isn't!) and seem to be perfectly in keeping with the period of the rest of the ballroom.
It's used in loads of TV dramas and films, so it...more
The 1950s Rivoli Ballroom, with its sprung wooden floors and satin interior, plays host to TV shows (Strictly Come Dancing, chat shows), music videos (Tina Turner's Private Dancer for one), occasional concerts (like the much feted White Stripes gig a few years back) and various music and fashion shoots. But the reason why I come here is the fantastic 'Jive Party' held here on the third...more
If I told you I had tickets to see the White Stripes, what would you say?
Yes! You'd jump at the chance, wouldn't you?? Of course you would! You're an intelligent, fun, sexy kind of person.
Now, imagine my disappointment when my friends looked at me with their unethusiastic, almost angry, eyes.
Don't get me wrong it's not because they didn't LOVE the White Stripes - but because I told...more
The Rivoli Ballroom is one of the few remaining ballrooms in London. It became a ballroom in the late 1950's, and is now Grade 2-listed. It's a beautiful building, and one that Londoners should make a point of visiting at least once.
It's not easy to get to unless you happen to live in southeast London. Coming from Ealing required two tube rides and a bus. But it was worth it. The facade...more