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This brick behemoth is a place to soak up Camden's radical past and present

This aptly-named Camden landmark has decades of radical theatre and music history behind it: its round brick walls have been rocked by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, and it staged theatre critic Kenneth Tynan's scandalous nude revue 'Oh Calcutta' in 1969. These days things are a little more sedate, but it still plays host to an eclectic range of big-name music acts from Imogen Heap to Gary Numan to The Darkness.

Its high-ceilinged space is also a great place to see acrobats soar through the air as part of the venue's popular biannual Circusfest: the next edition is in May 2020. And Roundhouse has also become the centre of London's buzzing spoken word scene: it's got a programme which supports young Camden residents to get into slam poetry, which bears fruit in the venues' annual Last Word festival. 

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, when it hosted radical happenings of every flavour. 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 a flexible auditorium that can house seated audiences for theatre or cabaret shows, or standing crowds for gigs. 

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