The Tabernacle’s iconic building in Powis Square, Notting Hill, has seen it all as the area has grown from inner-city slum to become one of the most sought-after addresses in the world. Acting as village hall to one of the most diverse populations in London, it played a pivotal role in the 1960s underground, the 70s punk and reggae cross-over, the growth of Carnival and the revival of Cool Britannia.
With 2009 proving to be the year of nostalgia, the reopening of Tabernacle couldn’t be better timed. The Victorian auditorium upstairs has hosted many musical legends over the years, from acts as diverse as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of The Clash, Santana, REM, Aswad and Tim Westwood’s Hip Hop. In more recent times, Damon Albarn rehearsed The Good, The Bad and The Queen and his opera Monkey, and Lily Allen recently returned to the stage of her first performance as a seven-year-old Frog to play a secret Myspace gig and to release her latest single.
Many of London’s premier acting talent have treaded the boards of spectacular main stage. From Stephen Fry to Davina McCall, and Father-of-Lily Keith Allen in the Portobello Panto. The panto has been revived in recent years with cameos from Ray Winstone, Danny Dyer, James Corden, David Gest and Harry Enfield.
A series of one-off events will take place over the summer showcasing what is on offer. From Medium Rare Cabaret, Book Slam, Portobello Film Festival, Filthy Dukes performing live and London Calypso Tent, there’s something for everyone. The new kitchen has recently opened including a patio area overlooking Powis Square.
James Miner, Director, says “Tabernacle, Notting Hill is an iconic venue that is in one of the most historically significant areas in London. It’s our intention to work with our friends at Carnival Village to revive the venue and give West London back this centre of the local community.”
The Tabernacle is being run by Carnival Village supported by Tabernacle Live, a company set up by James Minter. The building will be run with a mixed programme of community and commercial events after a £750,000 publically and privately funded refit. The building includes an auditorium for 500 with a new sound and lighting system, restaurant, bars, dance studio, garden, gallery, recording and rehearsal room, providing ample space for both established stars and the best up-and-coming talent.
The venue’s opening party will be on 31st August during the Notting Hill Carnival.
Tabernacle, Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY.