A Night at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre

The Hammersmith Apollo (which is now officially known as the Eventim Apollo) is a Grade II listed building in the heart of Hammersmith which has been open as an entertainment venue since the early 1930s.  The exterior doesn’t lend much to the imagination but once inside visitors get to appreciate the stunning art deco interior which looks much the same as it once did, complete with the original Compton pipe organ which was installed when the theatre was built. 


The Hammersmith Apollo has had a string of owners and names but has continued to be a firm fixture in Hammersmith and is as popular with visitors today as it ever was.  It was once the city’s largest all-seater venue with a 3,600 capacity for seated shows and a 5,000 capacity for standing-room only performances.  It hosts a varied programme of events throughout the year from live music gigs from popular artists and bands to comedic performances from international comedians.  Many famous names have performed at the Hammersmith Apollo throughout the years including the likes of The Beatles and Queen and it is also the venue for ‘Live at the Apollo’ the well known BBC1 television show.


If you are specifically coming to London for a show at the Hammersmith Apollo then it makes sense that you would also look for hotels near Hammersmith Apollo but if you are travelling in from further afield then it is very easy to access via public transport; the Hammersmith tube station is less than 5 minutes walk and Baron’s Court tube station less than 10 minutes walk from the theatre.  There are two car parks within walking distance of the Apollo theatre and two overground rail stations as well.


If you plan to spend the whole night around the Hammersmith area, whether you are booked somewhere local such as the LUMA Hotel Central London or further afield, there are a number of restaurants which would be excellent places to dine out either before or after your show at the Hammersmith Apollo.  These include a variety of options from pubs and gastro-pubs such as the Duke of Cornwall, The Yardbird and The Distillers to restaurants such as Rangrez, Lala Brasserie and Leon Hammersmith.  For those coming to the area on a budget there are also a number of cafes which make very cost-effective options and these include Truth and Antipode.


Any one of the pubs mentioned above would also be a great place to grab a drink after enjoying a show but Hammersmith is well known for its great bars and pubs so you will have a good number of options to choose from whether you want to go somewhere upmarket and enjoy a couple of cocktails or you are happy with a decent atmosphere and a well priced pint.  Lots of Hammersmith’s pubs and bars are also excellent live music venues so you may well be treated to two performances in one evening if you time your visit well.