The Roundhouse may well be my favorite venue in London. Based in a former railway shed, this Chalk Farm/Camden music venue has great views across the venue and is the perfect size for a gig, with around 3,300 standing capacity. What’s more, it’s a charity venue and they run programmes for young people to work there, so there’s a bit of a sense of community.
Getting To Roundhouse From Chalk Farm / Camden Town Tube Station
It’s really easy to get to Roundhouse on public transport, with it being only a 3-minute walk from Chalk Farm Tube Station, or a 10-minute walk from Camden Town Tube Station down Camden High Street/Chalk Farm Road.
Going to the venue by car?
The venue does not have general public parking facilities, but does offer limited spaces for disabled drivers (Blue Badge holders). Local parking is likely difficult so driving there is not advised.
What time do gigs start and finish at Roundhouse?
To plan your night out accordingly you’ll want to know the stage times. The venue’s website and social pages often give this info on the day, as do the bands. A general rule of thumb for the main act is 21.00/21.30, but this is highly variable. And don’t forget to support the support acts, who usually come on around 20.00/20.30! To ensure you catch your last train, gigs tend to finish by 23.00 latest.
Queueing, security & cloakrooms at Roundhouse
The main entrance for gigs is on Chalk Farm Road – with doors on the old stone building and adjoining glass extension, with queues running alongside the building. The main entrance doors are next to each other on the Ground Floor level.
If you enter through the main glass doors on the extension, you’ll be faced with the Reception/Help Desk area to your left and the restaurant to your right, with stairs ahead leading up to the main venue hall on the First Floor. This level of the Main Venue is usually standing, while if you go up another level you’ll find the Circle, which often has seats.
Next to the reception/help desk is the Cloakroom, which charges a small charge.
Where is the merch stand in the venue?
Merch stands are usually on the First Floor, and will be straight ahead of you if you go up the stairs from the main entrance on your way to the main venue hall.
For disabled access at Roundhouse
There is an accessible entrance to the left of the studios entrance, marked ‘Wheelchair Access’. There are wheelchair spaces within seated areas for seated performances, but no raised platform in the standing areas or for all-standing events. In such cases, the venue recommends contacting them in advance to arrange priority entry. Accessible toilets are available on all levels of the venue. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome. The venue uses the Sennheiser Hearing Enhancement System for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.
Lucky enough to be on the guest list?
Guestlist attendees will usually pick up their passes from the main Reception/Help Desk on the Ground Floor.