Secret London Hidden Treasure: The Rivoli Ballroom, Brockley

SOUTH of the River Thames, there lies an undiscovered jewel that unless you know it’s there, you might miss it. 

The Rivoli is the only original 50s ballroom left in London, and while it may look unassuming from the outside, the interior is pure decadence.

Think plush red velvet gold-framed walls, Austrian crystal chandeliers and oversized Chinese lanterns.

We love it so much that we’ve told the members of quirky dating site that it’s a must-do for Spring.

Check out why we love it so much here.

The Rivoli Ballroom

The Rivoli Ballroom


The ballroom, which has been lovingly cared for by Bill and Jean who pride themselves on their friendly atmosphere, also hosts Jive dancing parties, Jacky’s Jukebox shindigs and creative dressing-up party The Magic Theatre.

The Rivoli’s period atmosphere and quirky décor has provided the location for photoshoots, music videos and concerts.

The Rivoli Ballroom

The Rivoli Ballroom


Tina Turner’s Private Dancer was shot there, and so was Elton John’s classic number I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.

Lana Del Rey chose it as the location for Burning Desire – shot by Alien director Ridley Scott.

Visit The Rivoli’s website here.

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