Famous for its original decor and interior fittings of red velvet, flock wallpaper, chandeliers, glitter balls and over-sized Chinese lanterns. It is often used as a film location and plays host to many dance and musical events throughout the year.
The listed grade 2 building by English Heritage, located at 350 Brockley Road London SE4 2BY, opposite Crofton Park overground rail station. It started life as the Crofton Park Picture Palace in July 1913 and was converted into a ballroom in 1957, reopening in 1959 with a large sprung maple dance floor.
Pop videos and style shoots at the Rivoli Ballroom include Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer” video, as well as rock band Oasis, pop group S Club 7, singer Charlotte Church, fashion model Kate Moss are some to make use of the venue for shoots. It is probably most famously remembered for its use in the 1983 Elton John video for the song “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”. Live music plays a part at the Rivoli regularly.
A Same Sex Ballroom Competition takes place here annually, as well as monthly ballroom dances on the first weekend of every month (same sex and mixed). The exterior may not be all that appealing, though inside really is a feast for the eyes, and definitely one of London‘s many well kept treasures.