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3. Streatham: Architectural history and festival madness Streatham’s a little way out of our patch, but we reckon it’s worth …



3. Streatham: Architectural history and festival madness

streatham hill theatre 1950s
Streatham Hill Theatre in the 1950s

Streatham’s a little way out of our patch, but we reckon it’s worth a leafy excursion beyond Brixton Hill this weekend. The Streatham Festival kicks off today and is action-packed until Sunday evening (and you can read more about it here). One of the stand-out for us – though it was hard to pick between nature trails of Streatham Common, novel-writing workshops, film screenings and a lot of swing dancing – is the historical tour of the Grade II listed, 1920s-built Streatham Hill Theatre, currently better known as the Beacon Bingo Hall. The Streatham Society will be hosting a nose around the building’s magnificent interior, “including the imperial stairs, which rise from the opulent lobby to an upper foyer and grand auditorium, decorated with urns, sphinxes, and giant iconic columns”.

The Streatham Festival runs from today until Sunday, 14 July in various locations. @streatfest

Next: A foodie weekend in Peckham


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