London has more than its fair share of utterly captivating buildings. From St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London and Westminster, many of the capital’s key emblems sit in every guidebook and have been seen by every Londoner. But there’s some that sit quietly under-the-radar like Wilton’s Music Hall.
I like to think I’m a teeny bit in-the-know when it comes to London’s cool hotspots, but only heard about this performance venue last month when I was flicking through an old Time Out book from 2007. As soon as I read about this grand building, I had to pay a visit.
And that visit was Wednesday after I called up to buy a pair of return tickets to the sold-out dance performance of Dracula. (Happy me).
Wilton’s Music Hall is somewhat off-the-beaten track. Tucked away down an alleyway ten minutes from Aldgate East, it’s not the easiest of venues to find, but heck is it special. You would be forgiven for walking past this building, decrepit and shabby on the outside but that’s part of its charm.
Inside lies two bars, both with exposed brickwork (created long before that decor suddenly became in vogue), and of course, the stage itself.
With iron pillars, periodic features and half-derelict walls, it reminded me somewhat of Miss Havisham’s decrepit mansion.
Wilton’s Music Hall is arguably the most atmospheric place to watch the superb and eerie dance version of Dracula, which is only running at the venue for one more week before it extends into a nationwide tour.
Sit up in the balcony to stare at the building in all of its glory.
As well as catching performances, you can pop into Wilton’s Music Hall for a drink or take one of the weekly history tours of the building.