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The Brixton Academy
The Academy in Brixton is one of London’s most successful music venues. It’s rise to prominence was anything but pre-ordained though. Listen here to find out about the Academy and the role of Brixton in the venue’s success.
Brockwell Park Against the Nazis
Brockwell Park was home to Rock Against Racism’s Second Carnival Against the Nazis. It brought together the likes of Elvis Costello, ASWAD, and Stiff Little Fingers in a musical triumph with a few notable logistical problems.
The Hammersmith Palais lasted nearly a century as a top spot for nighttime fun. Nights at the Palais reflected the ever-changing demographic makeup of West London and led to cross-cultural interactions of many varieties.
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The flower shows of Bloomsbury
Visit the window-gardens of nineteenth century Herbrand Street to explore why an experimental flower show in 1860 was thought to be a solution for the poor living conditions of the working-class parishioners of St George’s, Bloomsbury.