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The Tabernacle, London

(4.1/5 based on 25+ 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 façade 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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TripAdvisor
  • Went to see Modern Life is Goodish here. A pleasant theatre with good views and easy to find. Very nice bar downstairs and good staff.  more »
  • I didn't went to that place because they just hang up the phone when I called to book a table !!! My English is not bad but he told me quickly "I don't hear you, you can call back and ask for a manage...  more »
  • A cozy venue. Good sight lines, great sound. The cafe downstairs had excellent hot chocolate, I am sure the food is first rate too. Very well run and organized, extremely polite staff. Very nice place...  more »
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  • This listed landmark is a communal centre, entertainment and exhibition space and neighbourhood hub steeped in the rich cultural and social history/folklore of the area. Atmospheric, comfortable, relaxed and set in a truly distinctive building. Great spot.
  • It has been one of the many foundations for Nottinghill community, a pillar and place for young people to learn, grow and extend their skills. Great food caffe, entertainment and more! Worth visiting when your in town...
  • Nice place to chill out relax nice Caribbean atmosphere and the food is good especially on Friday evenings A place I would always recommend to go to....
  • Nice place for a coffee or a little celebration. Has outside seating available and a "private" seating area, good for reservations.
  • Visit every year when Carnival is on, wi-fi, bar good food, comfy seats, tables, clean toilets. A good base to meet up at. Wristband £3 gives you access all day.