LONDON’S HIDDEN GEMS
Retro Events at the Rivoli Ballroom
Famed for its original, vintage decor, the Rivoli Ballroom is one venue that’s guaranteed to make an impression. The venue is one of the last remaining intact 1950s ballrooms in the capital, and it comes complete with retro features dating back to its heydey. Hire the Rivoli Ballroom for your next event and celebrate in a uniquely atmospheric space.
Both the interior and the exterior fittings of the space have remained the same for many decades, creating an authentic, art deco look typical of the 1950s and 1960s. The Rivoli Ballroom is ideal for parties and drinks receptions as well as formal dinners, corporate networking events, product launches and more.
Designed by Henley Attwater, the venue is absolutely typical of the era. It first opened in July 1913 and stepping inside is like stepping back in time. The design of the space focuses around a simple barrel-vaulted auditorium, with a sprung maple dance floor which promises to keep dancers’ feet comfortable all night long.
The venue hasn’t always been a dance hall, however. When it first opened it was a cinema, known as the Crofton Park Picture Palace. By 1929 it had become The Rivola Cinema. The cinema showed its final film in 1957, before the venue shut its doors to be transformed into the dance hall we know and love today. On Boxing Day 1959, the Rivoli opened its doors, inviting locals in to dance on the Canadian dance floor that takes pride of place in the venue to this day.
The Rivoli Ballroom remains a hugely popular setting for events, gigs and parties. The vintage style of the space has also made it a popular filming location. The venue has been used for productions ranging from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing to films like The Muppets, The Avengers and Legend, featuring Tom Hardy.
The incredible original features of the space has also made the Rivoli Ballroom a firm favourite amongst fashion brands. High-end brands like The Kooples have chosen the space as the backdrop for film shoots, with the French fashion company filming a series of adverts on the historic dance floor.
The Rivoli Ballroom hasn’t escaped the notice of the music industry, either. Some of the biggest names in the business have performed on the stage of the Rivoli Ballroom, with chart-topping bands from Florence and the Machine to the White Stripes choosing the venue as the setting for both music videos and gigs. Other bands who have performed at the Rivoli Ballroom include Kings of Leon, Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
The world-renowned dance floor of the Rivoli Ballroom was even chosen by Elton John as the location for his 1983 video I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues. You’ll also see the venue appear in Tina Turner’s Private Dancer video.
The Rivoli Ballroom comes complete with everything you need to create an unforgettable event. Within the space you’ll find ladies and gentlemen’s cloakrooms, a boudoir, two separate bars and a smaller adjacent ballroom. There are also changing rooms and a green room.