In a nutshell…
It’s a grand art deco setting for gigs, parties and lots more besides.
Where is it?
In the slightly desolate hinterland between Stepney and Limehouse. It’s hard to miss from a bus down Commercial Road.
What’s the vibe?
Troxy (they don’t say ‘the Troxy’) opened in 1933 as one of the biggest and flashiest cinemas in the country. It spent time as an opera school and a bingo hall but now hosts a staggering range of events drawing very different crowds: MMA fight nights, wedding banquets, awards parties, company conferences and immersive cinema as well as big club events and gigs.
What makes it a great venue?
Plainly put: it’s gorgeous. Troxy is a Grade II-listed marvel complete with wonderfully garish art deco features, psychedelic carpets and a Tiffany stained glass ceiling in the lobby. Capacity is 3,050 so it’s a big old place, but there are no pillars and a pit at the front, so you can see the stage well from almost anywhere. The venue are also justly proud of their massive organ: a recently restored 1930s Wurlitzer.
Troxy © Jack Eaton
What’s the booze situation?
‘Everything from Peroni to Dom Perignon' say the venue. They’ve been known to put together special themed cocktails for some events too.
Finally: what happens to all the coats left in the cloakroom?
According to the venue: ‘If they’re not claimed after two months we donate them to two very worthy causes: firstly to charity shops, and secondly (for the more flamboyant items) to Sink The Pink’s Glitter My Shitter dress-up box.’
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