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Porchester Centre, 2006
Paddington Library, Porchester Hall, 2007

The Porchester Centre is a Grade II listed house at the junction of Queensway and Porchester Road in Bayswater, London W2.

HistoryEdit

It was built in 1923–25 by the local architect Herbert Shepherd.[1] and was originally called Porchester Hall.

In 1927–29, it was extended by Shepherd and H. A. Thomerson, adding Turkish baths, a library and assembly rooms.[1]

English Heritage note that, "The Turkish baths complex is now exceptionally rare, and is thought to be the best surviving example, whilst the hall is an unusually rich example of its date."[1]

Performance venueEdit

Several notable pop music acts have performed there, including Pink Floyd,[2] Van Morrison, Kylie Minogue[3], Amy Winehouse and Beverley Knight.[4] The "Mr. Creosote" sketch from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life was filmed here in summer 1982. Also Jeff Lynne's ELO performed here in Nov 2015.

  • During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s the venue was home to the annual Porchester Hall Drag Balls.[5][6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Porchester Centre, Porchester Road W2 (1262987)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 July 2017
  2. ^ Glenn Povey (2007). Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd. Mind Head Publishing. p. 1864. ISBN 978-0-9554624-0-5. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Kylie Minogue Performs To Her Spotify Premium Fans At London's Porchester Hall". The Sunday Post. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Hannah Pool. "The Sunday papers with ... Hannah Pool | Hannah Pool | Opinion". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  5. ^ Porchester Hall Drag Balls (biography) :http://gaynewsarchive.org/011/011-07/porchester-balls/
  6. ^ Porchester Hall Drag Ball photographs 1982:https://pro.magnumphotos.com/image/LON15695.html
  7. ^ Porchester Hall Drag Ball photographs 1977:https://www.englandgallery.com/jane-england-women-in-photography/

Coordinates: 51°31′02″N 0°11′21″W / 51.517176°N 0.18921394°W / 51.517176; -0.18921394