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The council agreed that the building would survive- providing it was used for the community. The Battersea Arts Centre was converted and in 1974 opened as an Arts centre, to the delight of local residents.  The centre offered classes and lectures on the Arts.

For a start there’s the building, a beautiful old town hall, whose 80 rooms have seen so much over the years. Now that we are an arts centre, people come here to be creative, see a show, explore local heritage, visit the Scratch Bar, play or relax.

We invite you in to watch early versions of shows, to hear your feedback. We call this Scratch. Finished shows can use any room in the building, from the attic to the artists’ bedrooms to the Council Chamber.

We are open all day for anyone to explore. Children and adults can play together in our indoor playspace, The Bees Knees or enjoy our monthly fun-filled Family Saturdays.

Young people come here after school to develop their creativity, confidence and enterprising ideas. We also celebrate the rich heritage of our building and the local area through events and discussions.

All of this helps us achieve our mission to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future.

For those who can’t make it to Battersea, we take our shows across the UK and the world. Scratch has been adopted as far afield as Sydney and New York and Battersea Arts Centre has successfully sparked new approaches to creativity across the globe.

The council decided to close the centre in the midst of a string of expenditure cuts around the borough.  Once again local fervently protested.

The decision was made that the council would partially fund an Arts Centre at the site.

In 1980 the Battersea Arts Centre was born.

The building was heavily renovated and three theatres, two studios and many Arts facilities were installed.

The Battersea Arts Centre received great praise and interest from the community and excelled during its fledgling years.

The BAC has become one of London’s premier fringe venues and it also involved in physical and experimental theatre.

We have a lot more theaters for you to look at in our directory.

Listing Details

  • Address: Lavender Hill,SW11 5TN,United Kingdom
  • Phone: Box Office: 020 7223 2223 General Enquiries 020 7326 8211
  • Website:
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  • Get there by bus: 345, 77, 87, 156 and G1 stop on Lavender Hill outside BAC. The night buses N77 and N345 also BAC. 35, 37, 39, 49, 170, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 344, and C3
  • Get there by tube/train: Clapham Common
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Additional information: BAC has ramps and rails to the front door and to the Grand Hall entrance on Town Hall Road. There is level access to the entrance to the Lower Hall at the rear of the building. Most of our studio spaces and rooms are wheelchair accessible and there are adapted toilets for disabled patrons on the Ground Floor at the front of the building, as well as adjacent to the Grand Hall. If you require any assistance to find your way around our Victorian building, please let us know.

    For people with hearing difficulties, our principal studio spaces have induction loops. For large scale and longer running productions, we aim to make provision for customers who are hearing or visually impaired and details will be included with the shows. We also welcome working dogs and our Café Bar can provide water bowls, if required.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10am - 6pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 6pm
  • Thursday 10am - 6pm
  • Friday 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday 3pm - 6pm
  • Sunday Closed

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