Things to do in Hammersmith
Check out the many things there are to do in Hammersmith, from theatre to the farmer's market
That there is theatre on in Hammersmith is obvious. Hammersmith Apollo and Lyric Hammersmith attract acts and visitors from around the world. But there is more to the area than just the stage. Hammersmith has an amazing farmer's market, loads of cinemas and plenty of museums. Read on to discover Time Out's favourite things to do in Hammersmith.
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Theatre, comedy and music in Hammersmith
A beacon of culture in Hammersmith, the Lyric's distinctive look is largely down to a fusion of the building's 1970s structure, the theatre's Victorian heritage and a modern interior. Outgoing artistic director David Farr adds further colour through an experimental schedule: he's courted controversy over explicitly violent children's theatre and took a chance when he invited David Rosenberg of Shunt to present a headphone-assisted voyeuristic production that allowed the audience to spy on actors in the tower block across the square. Risqué material isn't all the Lyric Hammersmith is about however: the theatre presents monologues, improv pieces and comedy. It's also a must-stop for families, featuring one of the most comprehensive kids' theatre programmes in London. And the first-floor restaurant with terrace is very pleasant in the summer.
- King St, W6 0QL
Now officially known as the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith Apollo has finally joined the ranks of venues bearing shamelessly corporate titles. Another live music emporium that began life as an art deco cinema, this 1930s building had a big refit in 2002 and still features the original 1932 Compton pipe organ. It now doubles as a 3,600-capacity all-seater theatre and a 5,000-capacity standing-room-only gig space, hosting everyone from Kenny Rogers to Slipknot. Highlights from the Apollo's glittering history include 38 Beatles gigs from 1964-1965, David Bowie's last gig as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 and several concerts by Queen in 1979. It's also starred in various music DVDs from the likes of Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Kings Of Leon. Aside from music Hammersmith Apollo has a top-notch array of comedy, dance and kids shows from the biggest names in the biz, from 'Riverdance' to Russell Brand to SpongeBob Square Pants.
- 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH