A Brief History
Music Room London established its first rehearsal studio in 1985, when it was located in the basement of The Garden Gallery on Monson Road, New Cross Gate.
This small basement studio, famous for its toasted cheese sandwiches, was frequented by many including Daevid Allen’s Franco-British progressive/psychedelic rock band Gong. The old green shop front of the gallery and Music Room London can be seen clearly in the 2004 movie Shaun of The Dead, which was filmed across in the Duke of Albany pub (The Winchester) and in the street outside. We later moved to the former New Cross Library an Andrew Carnegie building in 1994 and created five rehearsal studios. Incorporating in 2003, before which we had been known as simply ‘Music Room’ we became known as Music Room London.
Today we are a Grass Roots Music Venue offering a wide range of flexible performance space, including our newly refurbished main bar area. Our fully licenced landscaped garden to the rear of our building is an ideal setting for acoustic musicians.
Arthur Lee & Lee Hazlewood
One of Music Room London’s most enduring rehearsal clients are ‘The High Llamas’.
Formed by guitarist and songwriter Sean O’Hagan who introduced several legions of rockers to us at Music Room London.
Arthur Lee rehearsed with the High Llamas back in Music Room London’s Monson Road day’s around 1998.
Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007), rehearsed at Music Room London for his final European tour circa 2001 at our current location, accompanied by his friend the late great guitar player Al Casey (The Wrecking Crew, Elvis Presley etc).
Lee returned for his last gig, the Heroes & Villains Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in 2004.
Shaun Of The Dead
Music Room London was home for Zombies during the filming of comedy/horror film Shaun of The Dead in a five-day piece of location work.
The former library became base camp, housing make-up, wardrobe and catering for most of the five day’s shooting which took place locally at The Duke of Albany Public House in Monson Road London New Cross Gate SE14 and known in the film as The Winchester Arms.
Army trucks, military equipment and other paraphernalia trundled up and down the small terraced street through the night – all under the fierce blaze of the set lighting. The shoot culminated on the final night with the local pub being set ablaze as part of a scene with some spectacular special effects.
Mural By Artmongers
The Mural by Patricio Forrester of Artmongers was commissioned by Music Room London.
A creative collaboration between Artmongers and Music Room London, the journey began to create our new mural in May 2016.
The process required quite a bit of scaffolding, gallons of paint and several months of sweat and tears. But as you can now see the finished mural looks amazing!
See the scale of the work as our project unfolds, finally delivering something for all the world to enjoy for many years to come.
A very big thank you to everyone involved with this brilliant project, it would not have been possible without you. Moreover this is something for us all to be very proud of – Thank you.