Leytonstone Ballroom is to open in the London Borough of Culture 2019, showing that the newly created London Borough of Culture is already gaining success, before it’s even started.


Leytonstone Ballroom is opening to mark Waltham Forest being named the first ever London Borough of Culture for 2019. The historic East London music and arts venue, recently restored, will help develop and build the legacy of the Borough of Culture and cement Waltham Forest as a thriving cultural hub. The Red Lion in Leytonstone has a rich cultural heritage. The pub dates back to the 17th Century, and has stood in its current guise since 1891. It became one of East London’s premier live music venues in the 1970s, hosting one of Led Zeppelin’s first London gigs, as well as the likes of Yes, Genesis, and Roxy Music. More recently the Ballroom has played host to modern legends such as Norman Jay, Jazzie B and Craig Charles.


Working with the local community and Antic, The Red Lion's magnificently restored Ballroom is now re-launced, marking the significance of the first ever Borough of Culture award in Waltham Forest. Bringing in a specialist arts programming team and developing collaborations with the area’s top content creators and rising talent, Leytonstone Ballroom will feature an ambitious programme of events that will be anything but ordinary. The venue will develop and cement Waltham Forest as a thriving cultural hub and destination for arts and music.


Leytonstone Ballroom will introduce a programme of unparalleled variety and cutting edge events, operating throughout the week. Expect to see midweek theatre, comedy and live music with an array of exciting boundary pushing club nights across the weekend.

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Get in touch



Theatre/Comedy Bookings

Hannah Pierce

Music Bookings

Jack Hepplewhite

Venue Hire

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The Leytonstone Ballroom is a community space, we want you to get as much use out of it in as many forms as you need. If you are looking for a community space to use, whether to host a live music event, charity quiz, awards show, theatre production, comedy night, book club, talk – anything. Please do get in contact!

You can also hire the Leytonstone Ballroom, above the Red Lion for your own private function. Please fill in the contact form with the information and preferred date of your booking. We can offer and help with the food, drinks, music and DJ booking, soundsystem, music equipment and lights. Get in contact for more information.

Where we are

Leytonstone Ballroom

1st Floor, 640 High Road


E11 3AA

Link to Google Maps Here.

Leytonstone Tube Station – 2 minute walk

Leytonstone High Road – 6 minute walk