Lyric Hammersmith

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Lyric Hammersmith

Leftfield theatre remains at the heart of this sprawling building

Emerging in 2015 from a multimillion pound makeover, the Lyric Hammersmith is less a simple theatre, more a multipurpose community hub that includes everything from recording studios to digital development rooms.

But plays remain at the heart of it all, thanks to both the retention of the original Victorian theatre – improbably preserved in the heart of the modern building – and the singular artistic directorship of Sean Holmes, who has turned the Lyric Hammersmith into a venue both avant-garde and accessible, marking it with his own, very European directorial style.

Tickets are cheaply priced, with many major shows staging a free preview for local residents. It's probably also arguably the best spot in Hammersmith to grab a pint and a bite to east, not least on its first floor roof terrace, a green and pleasant oasis in the middle of gritty W6.

Venue name: Lyric Hammersmith
Address: Lyric Square, King St
W6 0QL
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith
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  • Experimental Until Saturday November 5 2016
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  • Children's Sunday October 23 2016 - Thursday October 27 2016
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  • Puppetry Monday October 24 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016
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  • Interactive Thursday October 27 2016 - Friday October 28 2016
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  • Monday November 14 2016 - Monday December 12 2016
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  • Children's Friday November 18 2016 - Saturday December 24 2016
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  • Panto Saturday November 19 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017
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  • Drama Wednesday January 25 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017
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  • Drama Thursday April 20 2017 - Saturday May 13 2017
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Joey J

Great night out and behind the scenes they do great work with the local community.


Great. There would need to be a Lyric in every London Borough!


Despite having lived close to the Lyric for over a year, I have never made it to one of their plays until recently.

The play was "Things I know to be true" a relatable story about a family and their struggles, which was not only emotional and moving, but also funny and bold. Not only did the play leave an impression, but also the Lyric itself - I never thought that behind those unremarkable walls lies a completely different world.

The space itself is not too big and you can get a good view of the stage, as well as a great acoustic, but the best bit about it is the beautiful roof terrace, which invites you for pre and post drinks (or just drinks) and offers a great background to wind down after a stressful day at work.

I am already looking forward  to summer 2017 to spend a lot more time outside (and hopefully inside) the Lyric.

O. Gordon

The Lyric is perfect for everything. Fancy a bit of theatre? One large space and one smaller studio cater for a variety of regional and local productions. The bar is large and open and there is a wonderfully green roof terrace jutting off the side. Perfect in summer and almost always emptier than you think it should be, if you're not enjoying one of the river pubs, you should be here instead.  


A little known rooftop bar in Hammersmith that is perfect for summer sunbathing, whilst tucking into a good book and some macaroni cheese. Popular mainly with the local employees who can visualise its existence from their 5th floor office blocks. 


I was a local of Hammersmith for some years and over the years had cause to visit this Theatre and roof terrace quite a few times. As has been said the childrens activities are varied and numerous. The roof terrace itself, when I lived there in the 80s and 90s was a laid back place where it was nice to go after a hectic shop on the High Street, and just relax for a few moments! I liked it because it was unpretentious and though you were still in central Hammersmith there was a little peace and quiet and its quite large so you can have some privacy!!