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Where is it?
Tucked down a quiet, formerly industrial street off Hackney Road – on the border of Bethnal Green and Hackney. You can’t miss it: it’s located directly next to a beautiful and enormous old gasworks, which dominates the skyline.
What’s the vibe?
A typical crowd is cool, but not in a wanky way. Though random notables from Frank Ocean to Vin Diesel have passed through the green room, Oval Space is way more inclusive than exclusive. Its very astute, bleeding-edge booking policy – both for midweek gigs and weekend parties – keeps away all the wrong people. Ditto its smaller, recently opened sister club opposite: the Pickle Factory.
What makes it a great venue?
Its amazing versatility. Chairs come out for relaxed mid-week classical concerts, the side wall becomes the stage when enormous pop choirs like Some Voices play. It means few nights are ever the same there.
What’s the booze situation?
Decent – aside from regular tipples, there are craft beers, organic wines and prosecco behind the bar. A simple can of Estrella will set you back £4.50. Things get more adventurous when the adjoining terrace bar opens up in summer.
Finally: what happens to all the coats left in the cloakroom?
According to the venue: ‘We make a runway down the length of Oval Space and have a seasonal “Zoolander”-style catwalk show. Just kidding – we take them to the nearest charity shop.’
So you’ve never been to… Troxy?