Riverside Studios

Museums Hammersmith
Riverside Studios

The Riverside Studios has had a long and enterprising history. Starting life as an industrial building in the 1800s, it was bought by the Triumph Film Company in 1933, serving as a film studio until 1954 when the BBC moved in and made Riverside its television station hub. ‘Top of The Pops’ and ‘Dr Who’ were famously filmed here, together with ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ and ‘Playschool’. It wasn’t until 1975 that Riverside Studios received council funding to become a community arts centre and, with playwright Peter Gill at the helm, it launched as a new home for the performing arts. Since then, Riverside has evolved and grown providing visitors with an often ambitious theatre, art, cinema and education programme, as well as a studio space for television companies and a lively bar-cum-restaurant.


Venue name: Riverside Studios
Address: Crisp Rd
W6 9RL
Opening hours: Daily noon-9pm
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith
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Sadly been knocked down and turned into flats. Would be an ironic but touching victory if it got awarded posthumously.

I love this place. They tend to have great shows and the screening line up is always interesting. One of the best things about this place though is the restaurant on a sunny day. If you keep walking past the main restaurant, which is really dark and pretty average, you come out to a terraced area that overlooks the river. It's a particularly great place for a coffee during the day when it tends to be quieter and easy to get a table.