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The Tabernacle, London

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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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  • Really pleased with the lunch food today. Visited with my mother and we shared s large plate of vegetable fritters and the pumpkin and curried vegetables with rice. The seasoning was really good even ...  more »
  • Went to the Tabernacle for lunch on Saturday. We had a lovely table, the service was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious and reasonably priced  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Brilliant venue with a real eclectic mix of acts. Really good restaurant serving big veggie portions. Gallery space too. Such a unique building, please go visit, you won't be disappointed.
  • Community space available for hire. Hosts music, dance and yoga classes as well.as private evening events. Also has a restaurant selling Caribbean food and drink. Child friendly.
  • Nice place to have a pint but its old and relly does show.
  • Decent-sized venue but with a small stage. Did not try it but the bar was popular and there was a restaurant serving food.
  • We go there to see 5x15 events which are usually very good. However there's always too few bar staff so queues build up. They're also often out of stock on crisps and nuts. So easy to anticipate the sort of crowd they get on these occasions which are about once a month on Mondays.