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Written by Luke Bull
September 27, 2022
10 London rehearsal studios for a perfect practice session
Practice, they say, makes perfect. So for a ravishing run-through of whatever you're working on, your creative team deserve a top-notch rehearsal studio in London. There are cosy spaces for practicing presentations and scenes, to cavernous studios suitable for choreographing a high-kicking chorus line. So whether you're hosting your very first table-read or a last-minute tighten-up, these spaces offer somewhere to polish your performance until it sparkles.
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1. The London rehearsal studio that's en pointe: English National Ballet
Canning Town, East London
If you're rehearsing on a major scale, try the Mulryan Centre for Dance, home of the English National Ballet and several state-of-the-art spaces in Canning Town – on the Jubilee Line in east London. The materials are carefully chosen to support elite physical performances, including acoustic treatments and high-spec floor surfaces – with four spaces to choose from, the largest can accommodate up to 150 people.
2. The London rehearsal studio for award-winning work: Laban Building
Deptford, south-east London
The largest contemporary dance centre in the world – and proud winner of major architectural prizes – the Laban Building's stunning environment promises to elevate any work in progress. Over a dozen rehearsal spaces can handle anywhere up to 200 people, or, if you're ready for showtime, their full performance theatre is also available for hire.
3. The London rehearsal studio for a West End warm-up: Seven Dials Playhouse
Covent Garden, London
Whether you're dialling up the drama or singing in sweet harmony, a rehearsal at the Seven Dials Playhouse may be in order. Right in the heart of London's theatre district, there are two straightforward studios to choose from (with room for 30 or 60 seated, respectively) it's a dead-central spot for run-throughs, table-reads, workshops and other creative pursuits. Tables, chairs, sofas, and pianos can also be provided.
4. The London rehearsal studio that's model material: Old Diorama Arts Centre
Warren Street, London
With 50 years of creative heritage, the crisp and clean rehearsal studios at Old Diorama Arts Centre are built to be multipurpose. All configurations of seating setups are possible from boardroom style scriptwork to theatre-style layouts, or clear the decks to rehearse movement-based work with room for up to 100 guests standing. Situated close to Euston and St. Pancras, it's also a fine location if you're hosting visiting creative collaborators from the Midlands or north of England.
5. The East London rehearsal studio just off a park: Chisenhale Dance Space
Victoria Park, east London
A characterful warehouse building overlooking the Hertford Union canal - and just a minute's walk from east London's Victoria Park – the Chisenhale Dance Space offers two rehearsal studios to choose from. Both offer tons of natural light, sprung dance floors and sound systems to pump up the volume, while the larger space offers tiered spectator seating for up to 50 audience members.
6. The London rehearsal studio that's Noah joke: Arc Centre
This straightforward blank canvas space in Islington is suitable for all sorts of events, from yoga to workshops, and naturally makes a fine location for any rehearsal. There's room for up to 100 people, a projector, surround-sound speakers, and air conditioning to keep things cool as your performance heats up.
7. The London rehearsal studio for a little audience: Etcetera Theatre
Camden, north London
Turn the lights down low at this little Camden theatre. For just £15/hour, you can take over Etcetera's black-box theatre space for rehearsals (or even performances!) while the raked auditorium seatings has room for 42 guests. An array of AV equipment, including projector and microphones, is also on pffer – very useful if you're practicing a big presentation.
8. The London rehearsal studio for light and shadow: 4th Floor Studios
Aldgate East, London
Whether you're doing drama in the dark or singing in the sunlight, 4th Floor Studios can do it all: their two adjoining spaces offer both black box and naturally-lit rehearsal space. A funky wood-floored spot with room for up to 100 guests, it's just a few minutes walk from Aldgate East, and is also a solid choice for workshops, big meetings and film + photo shoots.
9. The London rehearsal studio for thirsty work: Rosemary Branch Theatre
Shoreditch, east London
If you're looking for a rehearsal space that's a little less austere, pop up to the Marie Lloyd Room above the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Shoreditch. Eschewing white walls, mirrors and barres for cosy, colourful vibes, this 40sqm space can be used to practice scenes, pitches, or - thanks to the piano and boombox provided - rousing musical numbers. Even better, at the back you'll find a bar, which can be staffed, ready to toast your bravura performance.
10. The London rehearsal studio fit for a king: Royal College of Music
South Kensington, London
It's no surprise that the esteemed Royal College of Music offers a plethora of rehearsal studios and performance spaces. Our favourite might just be the Parry Rooms, a stunning wood-panelled space with views of the Royal Albert Hall, a grand piano, and room for up to 100 guests. Or, for a simpler look, try their black-box performance space.
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A rehearsal studio can make or break your London event. From practicing presentations to choreographing a high-kick, these stunning London rehearsal spaces are yours to hire, today. Choose from a range of aesthetics, from naturally-lit rehearsal spaces to stunning wood-panelled studios – the best rehearsal space and equipment could be at your fingertips. Not sure what you're looking for yet? Browse these London studios near you. When you’re ready, send us your enquiry and receive quick responses from the best rehearsal studios in London. Simple.Match with venues
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For rehearsal studios in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
Grey Studio, English National Ballet - Mulryan Centre for Dance – Perfect your pliés in this classic rehearsal studio.
Main Room, The Arc Centre – With white walls, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, this rehearsal studio is a great choice for practising for any upcoming recitals.
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