The Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN
The Savoy Ball is held in the wonderful, historic setting of The Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre - surely one of London's finest (and largest) ballrooms, with a huge sprung maple dance floor, balcony, galleries, fully licensed bars, easy access and good local amenities
Below you'll find useful information including directions to The Savoy Ball and an explanation of the seating/admission options
Battersea Arts Centre (formerly Battersea Old Town Hall) is a wonderful late Victorian building (c.1893) with a varied and interesting history. The Grand Hall boasts a massive sprung maple dance floor in excellent condition, a balcony overlooking the dance floor, galleries the length of the hall either side and a fully licensed separate bar. We'll have pop-up Champagne, wine and cocktail bars too.
The Grand Hall was devasted by fire in 2015 and has been painstakingly restored, with a state-of-the-art new ceiling and new floor. Acoustically it is much improved, allowing us to present fully acoustic big bands as they were and are meant to be heard.
Seating and admission
General admission (Ball and Lates)
- access to the dance floor, bars and limited unreserved seating
Balcony (Matinee, Ball and Lates)
- exclusive reserved seating on the balcony with an excellent view of the stage plus easy access (via stairs at the front of the galleries) to the dance floor and bars
Gallery table (Matinee, Ball and Lates)
- exclusive reserved seating at a VIP table on the galleries plus easy access (via stairs at the front of the galleries) to the dance floor and bars
Cabaret table (Matinee)
- exclusive reserved seating at a table in front of the stage
Front stalls (Matinee)
- reserved seating in the first 8 rows of stalls
Rear stalls (Matinee)
- reserved seating in the second 7 rows of stalls
We will be running a staffed cloakroom adjacent to the foyer (a small suggested donation to The Fire Fighters Charity will be very much appreciated). Please don't bring sports bags or rucksacks as these cannot be taken into the hall and they take up a large amount of room. Please come dressed for the night as there are no changing facilities for guests.
Please bring as little as possible with you on the night - all coats and bags MUST be left in the cloakroom.
Battersea Arts Centre is easy to find on Lavender Hill Road. The Grand Hall entrance for The Savoy Ball is in the side road to the right of the building as you look at it.
- By train - Clapham Junction mainline rail station. Battersea Arts Centre is 7 minute walk from Clapham Junction station. There are direct trains from Waterloo and Victoria, and Clapham Junction is on the Overground route from East London. Turn left out of the main station entrance and walk up the hill. The venue is on the left after the crossroads with Latchmere Road.
- By tube - The closest Underground stations to Battersea Arts Centre are Clapham Common (Northern line) and Stockwell (Victoria line). These stations are approximately a 15-20 minute bus journey away. The 345 bus departs from outside both stations and stops outside Battersea Arts Centre. It is advisable to catch a bus/taxi but a walk will take around 30 minutes. From Clapham Common North Side, Cedars Road leads up to Lavender Hill.
- By bus - Routes 345, 77, 87 and 156 stop on Lavender Hill outside Battersea Arts Centre. The night buses N77 and N345 also stop outside Battersea Arts Centre. Alternatively you can get a bus to Clapham Junction and walk up to the venue.
- By car - access is easy via the A3 (and hence the M25), the South Circular (A205) and from the M4/A4 (and North Circular) via Wandsworth - follow the directions to Clapham Junction. There is plenty of parking in local streets (metered during daytime hours).
- Streetmap.co.uk - Battersea Arts Centre (map centred on Battersea Arts Centre)
- London Underground - www.tfl.gov.uk (tube & bus timetables, journey planner, travel information etc.)
- Buses - Buses from Clapham Junction
- The Train Line - www.thetrainline.com (trains - look for trains serving Clapham Junction)
- AA Route Planner - www.theaa.com/route-planner (road journey planner)
There are a number of guest houses, B&B's and hotels in the area, ranging from budget to luxury. A Google search will bring up a good selection - or you could try these :-
Suggested local hotels/B&B's
- VIP Backpackers - www.vipbackpackers.com (London) (great site listing excellent value hostels)