Roundhouse

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Roundhouse
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Coldplay at the iTunes Music Festival 2011

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, hosting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors and staging the notorious 'Oh Calcutta'. 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 regularly accommodates a staggering variety of acts, from A-ha to Bebel Gilberto, Foo Fighters and Paul Weller.

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Avatar for Jen C
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I recently came to Roundhouse for a concert and fell in love with the venue! I did not realise how big it was inside from the pictures. We had tickets for the second level, which I worried would be really far from the stage, but the way the venue is set up, I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing view we had. I also liked having the option tosit in a seat instead of standing on the floor. The queues at the bar were never more than 2-3 people deep when we went, which made getting a drink and going back to my seat a dream. There are also tons of bars and restaurants around the venue which was great so we could get food and walk back to the venue. I am definitely looking forward to seeing another show here

Avatar for Emily C

Loved this venue! I had a standing ticket and was expecting to have to queue for ages to get in and pay excessive amounts for drinks - I was proven wrong on both counts. In fact, drinks were very reasonable (£4.50 per spirit and mixer) and the queues for them weren't too long. The floor of the actual venue is slightly sloped which enhances the view - bonus! Would definitely go and see more things there.

Avatar for Cynthia F
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From Fuerza Bruta to Opeth, I have witnessed some amazing music and theatre in this location. The program is die for with such a range to look forward to.

Attending as a gig/concert attendee I really do think a lot of venues of similar size could learn a lot from the Roundhouse.

I recently attended Billy Talent and even when the band was on at 21:35 and we got in a queue for drinks at 21:15, it moved fast. I'm also a massive fan of the abundance of toilets. 


From the cloakroom to security I was forever cracking jokes with the staff, even though it was super busy the overall vibe felt like "Ok let's get these customers in quick for their sakes but let's also welcome them with smiles and wishes of a good night"

In terms of the main room, wherever you are in the standing area you get a good view and acoustically I have seen and enjoyed audio delights from various genres, proving whoever does the sound knows what they are doing!

I rarely subscribe to newsletters of particular venues but this is one I do!

Keep it up Roundhouse.

Avatar for Bryan R

One of the most eclectic venues in London, that still plays to full houses in whatever blend of artists that perform.

Avatar for Alison W

The Roundhouse is not just the best venue in Camden, it's the best venue is London!

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Awesome building love it here and always has good stuff going on

Avatar for Jill N

Wonderful venue, wonderful staff and volunteers and seeing Suede here twice in two nights last winter was a life highlight

Avatar for Marco D
tastemaker

I had a spectacular night at the Roundhouse when I went to see Marina and The Diamonds recently this year. It was my first time being at this venue, so I didn't know what to expect.

I did know that it would be extremely trendy and very edgy. Camden is probably known for it's individuality and being different in fashion and style.

The building of the venue is very wide and tall, the entrance is very spacious with an interesting restaurant. It also has a bar for all your drinks for the evening. You'll see stairs that will take you to the next floor so that you can enter the stage space. You also have a very relaxed bar area upstairs in the corner. It was a very pleasant entrance.

I had seated tickets so that was a great relief for me as I didn't want to stand. The standing area next to the stage had huge amounts of space. Everyone could see the performance which was excellent. The seating was fantastic, it wasn't that bad. I was able to see everything, the sound and effects were extraordinary. My only criticism for the Roundhouse are the tall pillars holding the venue right around the centre. I did have to turn my head around a couple times.

Thinking about that, the architecture and style of the venue was magnificent. All the structured lines jointed together created this oval kind of shape to the building.

I had an exciting evening, it was a pleasure to see Marina singing at the Roundhouse.

Great venue for all music fanatics out there.

#TOTastemaker Love MD.

Avatar for Fabio D

Very good venue; excellent acoustics and good choice of artists. Saw Spiritualized there years ago (admittedly not been a huge amount) but that was perfection!

Avatar for Hollibakes
Tastemaker

Possibly the best place to see a gig in Camden. I mean, I love Koko to death, but the Roundhouse just has such great charm and elegance, whilst being able to cope with a lot of people! The acoustics are first class, and with the stage being positioned where it is, you can see the acts from just about anywhere (except perhaps from behind one of the many pillars holding it up!)

Avatar for Daniel L
Tastemaker

One of the top concert venues in London, it screams intimacy even though it is a 1700 capacity venue. Transport connections are easy and there are plenty of areas pre and post concert for drinks and food. There really is no bad seat in the house. The only problem would be the bar (took us one hour to get a drink... no joke) but that is a minor set back for an otherwise awesome night. 

Avatar for Dianne H
tastemaker

South London will forever be in my heart, however the Roundhouse has made me re-evaluate my commitment to my South of the river roots.This gig venue is big and modern yet still feels welcoming as soon as you walk through the doors.With a bustling restaurant and bar as soon as you walk in on the right, you can’t help but grab yourself a gin on your way up the stairs.As far as bars go it feels pretty standard, however I don’t think it has the right vibe for enjoying a nice meal before a concert - I would definitely recommend grabbing food near Mornington crescent or Camden high street beforehand.

Top tip would be to wait until you’re in the main stage area and use the bars in there instead as there’s less of a queue.  We were standing and turned up during the warm up acts for Kodaline but still managed to manoeuvre our way through the crowds to a good position.  It has a good balance of feeling intimate while also having space to dance away.  The seating area didn’t look like they had any obvious obstructions in view which gets a thumbs up too.

Maybe a result of the round shape of the venue but the acoustics were also bang on!  Great venue for experiencing live music and will definitely be returning pronto.

Avatar for Manningalive
Tastemaker

I recently went to see Suede at the Roundhouse.  It was probably the most middle class gig I've been to with both seating tickets and an interval break.  Gig aside, the venue is of course pretty spectacular to be a part of and you have to marvel in it's roundness.  It's a tad bigger than the kind of venue I like to watch bands, but a million miles away from the O2.  Try to dodge the pillars if you can so as to not impair your view of the stage.

Avatar for Ashleigh Arnott
Staff Writer

Watching bands at the Roundhouse is such a pleasure. The sound's great, you can see even if you end up at the back due to tardiness/needing the loo/buying a pint, the crowd is usually of a far classier calibre than elsewhere (I don't recall ever having seen a pint glass thrown over the crowd there, though I guess it might be to do with the fanbases rather than the venue...) and the bar is not a total rip-off.

Avatar for jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

The Roundhouse is amazing and offers a smaller, unique venue that just needs to be experienced compared to the larger arenas and stadiums. I was lucky enough to win free tickets to see Pharrell Williams as part of the Itunes music festival. Location is convenient and close walk to Chalk Farm station. The layout is such that even if you are standing far back you are still relatively close to the stage and there is even upstairs seating as well. There are plenty of washrooms and easy access to the bar and cloakrooms.

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Avatar for fedbylillie

Oh, Roundhouse. I really, really want to love you and give you a big 5 stars. You're great. The interior of the main gig space is architecturally astounding, there's a decent number of watering holes dotted around the venue and there's a nice bit of outside space for all tobacco enthusiasts (or just a bit of fresh air). However, I went to see the amazing Kwabs there. And amazing is understatement for how amazing he was. The problem was that my gig partner and I were stood outside the metal arches in the gig space and sound does not carry well at all outside of the "inner circle". There were times when I struggled to hear him and he was, after all, the reason I was there. So, Roundhouse, if you're reading this, you're great but you have your flaws. Sort out your acoustics. Oh, and please ban iPads? 

Avatar for Tom Bruce
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Camden's Roundhouse is probably the best venue I've ever been to for a gig. The unique shape and size of the space, the history attached to it, the dream location - it all adds up to something very special indeed. After seeing Plan B here, having won free tickets through the Itunes festival, I have been fantasising about coming back.It's been three years.What have I been doing? Oh yeah, pretending to 'read' Law at university.  


Plenty of class acts perform here, but one sort of feels that it has to be someone really special before you can move in and books some tickets. Going to the Roundhouse is not an ordinary experience. And when the gig is over, Camden is your oyster. 

Avatar for DC
Staff Writer

This is a fantastic venue with great layout and acoustics. It's amazing to see how it has been transformed from how it used to be.

Avatar for Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

I won tickets to see Ellie Goulding here for the iTunes Festival. What a great venue! It is intimate but you can still pack quite a crowd in there. I was near the back but still saw everything clearly and definitely locked eyes with Ellie a couple of times ;) The staff were all really friendly, the queues to enter went down at lightning speed, drinks are average price, there are plenty of bathrooms (no long queues for the ladies) and the vibe was brilliant. I would definitely like to come back here to see other performances!

Avatar for Stefan S
Tastemaker

As you can see from the photo, The Roundhouse lives up to its name as a live music and performance space. The concerts I've been to had superb sound quality. Although don't arrive late or you may be stuck behind a column! 


I'd recommend to eat and drink prior. While there are options inside (will caveat this by saying the restaurant was full when we arrived), I found the bars were over-priced and not matching the quality you can find down the road in Camden. 


But hey, chances are you're here to see your favourite band, and if that's the case, you'll have a wicked experience.

Avatar for Guy Parsons
moderatorStaff Writer

This is a fantastic venue for live music and a cut above some similar mid-sized venues. The auditorium itself is a gorgeous old space with tons of character (although totally without incline - vertically-challenged gig-goers may want to book a chair on the balcony level) and the terrace out the back, which becomes Camden Beach in the summer, is a decent spot for a pre-gig, actually-reasonably-priced pint.


I saw GSYBE here and had a lovely time. The Sir Richard Steele pub up the road towards Belsize Park is a good place to visit beforehand, and Joe's, across the road, is open to 3am for after-party festivities.