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Take an early look inside the refurbed Queen Elizabeth Hall

By Ju Shardlow

First unveiled in 1967, Queen Elizabeth Hall is part of one of London’s most controversial brutalist buildings. Soon after it opened, a Daily Mail poll ranked it the ugliest building in Britain. It’s certainly got some history behind it. Pink Floyd were banned from the venue for ruining the upholstery, and the Undercroft beneath QEH is reportedly the oldest skate spot in the world. 

After a multimillion-pound, two-year refurbishment, it will reopen its doors on Monday (April 9). As well as a programme of music, dance and performance, there’ll be a new 1,000-capacity gig space in the foyer. Past performers at QEH include Akram Khan, Margaret Atwood and Marianne Faithfull, so we’re expecting good – and varied – things. 

We got to have a poke around the venue before anyone else. Take a look at our video above. 

Not a fan of all that concrete? Try one of these London culture spots instead. 

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