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Venue name: 229
Address: 229 Great Portland St
Transport: Tube: Great Portland St
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Could this venue be any more convenient?! Just cross the road from Great Portland Street tube station and you are there. It is a large space with an ample stage and a tremendous disco ball, which at first highlighted the lack of revellers, but eventually set the perfect ambience for the disco tracks the Dj was spinning. Expect plastic cups, cheap booze and loo queues in college like corridors - well it is attached to a school in all fairness. In summary - this is a generic venue and your enjoyment will depend on the act of the night.

Lizzie W

At the top of Great Portland Street is an unobtrusive building with limited signage buuuuut inside there is a live venue with 2 halls that hosts gigs, club nights and comedy nights. The two venues are also available for hire (together or separately) and have been used for galas, fashion shows and corporate events.

I recently went to a Timeout Rising Stars gig, which are running throughout Spring in various locations. The event itself was good; reasonably priced for an evening of live music, varying artists and a nice vibe.

The venue we were in is big, with a bar along the back serving craft beers, reasonably priced wine and spirits with mixers, a large stage and plenty of space to stand and watch (however very little seating along the sides). I am NO expert with sound and lighting but both seemed good to me! Food wise there is only a vending machine by the toilets so make sure you eat before hand!

Overall a nice venue and a great evening listening to live music!

Emma S

Went to see rising stars here - it's ok as venues go. It's a nightclub basically, but there's a big stage so good for live music. The dance floor was large and there was lots of room, even though it was quite busy. The bar staff were friendly and the security team weren't overpowering. My bf said the bottled beer wasn't great and I wasn't overly loving the house wine, but that's probably to be expected. Good transport links right outside. 

Angela L

Great venue!  The sound was good (it didn't hurt my ear drums), spacious but not too big.  Seats for the oldies and lazies.  Good selection of drinks... but my bottled beer wasn't cold and I didn't see any food on offer, for a long gig, I'd like to have something to nibble on... great venue in any case for Rising Stars (shorter intervals / changes would be better though)!  Also I don't want to see the sound guy not working on the sound but looking at his phone! 

Ed. T

I've been to this venue now several times for gigs with TimeOut and been more than pleased each time. It'd a bit unfair to rate a venue based on the acts themselves, so as venues go, 229 is pretty good. It's surprisingly large inside, and a bit of a blank canvas that could be used well for whichever event goes on. 

The bar is pretty standard and I had no particular issues - though there is a 2nd bar at the back for a smaller more intimate venue that may/may not be open for when you're there next. 

All in all, given the size of the venue and how easy it is to get here, 4 stars! The only thing I'd have to say about it is that it has the distinct atmosphere of perhaps a more "student union" vibe, which in itself is no bad thing, but perhaps something worth considering if you're going to book this place!


I went to see Rising Stars of UK country music there and have to say the venue wasn't the best choice for that type of music. The acoustic in the room has not been great, as you could hear people who where talking in the back rather loudly. I think it's more suitable to have different concerts there or even parties.

Sadly the bar was understaffed and suddenly a queueing system started (which is typical British, but a weird experience in a club). It took forever to get drinks - so you end up not spending as much as you might have. Despite all I might give it another try if it's a different event.

Kirsty S

Really easy venue to get too and serve a good selection of drinks although being a music venue plastic cups for wine were a necessary evil. Good acoustic and lighting and so really helped the music I listened too.


I saw The Old Dirty Brasstards and although the band were amazing the venue was not my cup of tea. The stage is way too tall, if you were at the front (like I was) you'll hurt your neck looking up (like I did). The flooring is all one level so for short people (like me) anywhere you stand you won't be able to see. The sound was ok but it could of been better. The security were rude and any kind of interaction was forbidden - the death stare from them was enough to ward you off, until the music started and you could see them trying their utmost to not bust a move. The bar was awfully small and the bar staff seemed to be running around like headless chickens, not knowing what they were doing. The toilets were awful and next to a VIP party going on at the same time so the clientele meant the gig seem like a weird office party that got way too big for it's boots. I would see the band again but as for that venue, I hope none of my favourite bands play there.

The Man on the Street

Wow, what a night ! Just seen The Molotov Jukebox at 229. I simply loved the band and the place was jumping'. Its part of an International Student House. The crowd was young, eclectic and "going for it"