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Tabernacle, London

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4.1/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Tabernacle is a Grade II*-listed building in Powis Square, Notting Hill, west London, England, built in 1887 as a church. The building boasts a Curved Romanesque facade of red brick and terracotta, and towers with broach spires on either side. Today the Tabernacle serves as a cultural arts and entertainment venue, including a theatre, meeting rooms, music studio, art gallery, bar and kitchen, conservatory and a garden courtyard.HistoryOriginally known as The Talbot Tabernacle, the Tabernacle was founded as an evangelical Christian church in 1869 by the former barrister Gordon Forlong 1819-1908, in order to serve as a "non-sectarian Church of Christ". Forlong had been a preacher at the Victoria Hall in Archer St, and was soon able to raise the capital to build a temporary iron church, with a capacity of around 1,000 people.The iron church was larger than most similar buildings in Kensington, and had an end gallery, the total capacity being for over a thousand people. The present building, featuring a Romanesque fa├žade of red brick and terracotta was constructed in 1887, during the ministry of Frank Henry White, and was designed by architects Habershon and Fawckner.In the 1970s The Tabernacle became a community arts centre, leased on a peppercorn rent from Kensington and Chelsea Council by a management committee made up of local enthusiasts. The committee hired the Tabernacle's only complete hall to local community groups to raise funds for further development of the building and to run basic services, for example employing a youth worker to coordinate programmes for the children of local residents in what was at the time an extremely disadvantaged neighbourhood. The rival Carnival Arts Committee and Carnival Development Committee both made use of the venue each year in the weeks leading up to the Notting Hill Carnival featuring bands such as the Mangrove steel band.
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  • We went for the first time last night to see a band. Never heard of it before but will go on the mailing list now as its such a great place. Intimate venue with limited seating, but for bands most lik...  read more »
  • Original location and very charming, a pleasant garden. The Interior is spacious. We have lunch well elsewhere, curry vegetarian tasty, good statement and hearty. The problem is that we waited more than an hour between the control Terminal and the first dish! The server was nice and certainly sorry but this too long wait we to spoil the fun. Too bad!
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  • Fantastic night out with friends seeing the lovely Corrine Bailey Rae, wonderful, small, intimate quirky venue, lovely acoustics. Great place. 
  • I attended for a comedy show - the auditorium was upstairs. Comfortable enough (I am tall, and the leg space was sufficient, but not a lot of width space!). The seats are a little tatty with massive chunks of sponge missing from them. It did get VERY warm inside there. They serve food downstairs by the main entrance and also have a bar.
  • Great space and really friendly helpful team who helped us organise an event on International Women's Day 2016 and supported us in making it a great success. All our guests were well looked after and the team at The Tabernacle were responsive, friendly and made us feel very welcome and at home. Excellent venue!
  • Nice food! awesome location for gigs too!
  • Lovely space. Has dance studios but also a great bar and cafe area serving food.
  • Great venue for any type of gathering, tucked away in Ladbroke Grove.
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