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Culture Guide To West London

Culture in 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 everyone.

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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