The Roundhouse is an icon of London
music and performance. Located in Chalk Farm, the stunning round brick
building dating to 1847 was originally a railway engine workshop, built
round so trains could turn around inside. By the 1930s it was abandoned
and became derelict, becoming home to a theatre company in the 1960s.
The Doors played their only UK show here in 1968. But even this sort of
history couldn’t save it from the closing during the 1980s when getting
rich was much more popular than local theatre. Luckily in the mid-90s
someone again saw the value of the place, bought it, and reopened the
doors, giving it a major facelift in 2004.
Photo courtesy of Trevor Harris via Wikimedia Commons.