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Chalk Farm

Constructed in 1846 as a turntable shed for the London and Birmingham railway, the Roundhouse – a Grade II-listed building – has a long and illustrious history, including spells as a liquor warehouse and long periods of disuse. But it came into its own as a legendary music venue in the '60s/'70s, hosting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors and staging the notorious 'Oh Calcutta'. Work on the extensive overhaul/refurbishment began in 2004 and it reopened in 2006 as a modern arts and mixed-media performance space with strong community bias. The main room benefits from a high domed ceiling and Victorian metal 'ribs' and regularly accommodates a staggering variety of acts, from A-ha to Bebel Gilberto, Foo Fighters and Paul Weller.

Venue name: Roundhouse
Address: Chalk Farm Rd
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm

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Guy Parsons
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This is a fantastic venue for live music and a cut above some similar mid-sized venues. The auditorium itself is a gorgeous old space with tons of character (although totally without incline - vertically-challenged gig-goers may want to book a chair on the balcony level) and the terrace out the back, which becomes Camden Beach in the summer, is a decent spot for a pre-gig, actually-reasonably-priced pint.

I saw GSYBE here and had a lovely time. The Sir Richard Steele pub up the road towards Belsize Park is a good place to visit beforehand, and Joe's, across the road, is open to 3am for after-party festivities.