Sunday, 9 December 2018

Strictly Ballroom

[Photo: Gavin Conlan]

John-John and I (and a little crowd of chums) were treading in the footsteps of the stars last night, as we bravely traversed the badlands of South London for Piers's 50th birthday bash at the fantabulosa Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley.

With its perfectly preserved arched ceiling, maroon velvet and gilded walls, chandeliers and banquettes, not only has this legendary vintage 1950s ballroom (one of very few still in existence across the UK, and probably the most intact) played host (on and off the stage) to such luminaries as Kylie Minogue, Meatloaf, Oasis, Florence & the Machine, Kings of Leon, Damon Albarn, Rumer, the White Stripes, Jimmy Page, Rihanna, and Chris Evans and the cast of the WW2 flashback scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but also...

...Dame Elton:

...that "professional weirdo" Miss Del Ray:

...The Beautiful South:

...and none other than Mama Tina!

Fabled company, indeed.

It was a great evening!

Rivoli Ballroom on Wikipedia

Rivoli Ballroom official website


  1. Looks like an amazing venue and was a great party.
    Glad you had a fab time.

    1. Even though neither Elton nor Tina actually showed up, we had a whale of a time! Jx

  2. Why have I not ever been there?! My train used to go through Crofton Park... so I didn't live that faraway. Obviously I live faraway now. It looks fabulous!

    1. Crofton Park is not the most salubrious place to alight from a train, so I am not surprised you bypassed it. All that's there is the ballroom and a cemetery. Jx


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