There was a time a long while ago when Streatham was known as the West End of South London. It was just after the First World War, and the area between Streatham Hill and Streatham Common was abuzz with cinemas, music halls and leisure venues drawing people from all over London.
That was almost 100 years ago, and a lot has certainly changed. The 80s, 90’s and 00’s sadly saw the area decline with little investment. But now, a rebirth is well underway with the community evolving, the Streatham BID investing and new exciting offerings coming to the area. The face of Streatham is changing.
Exhibit B, which is nominated for Best New Venue in the Time & Leisure Food and Culture Awards, is a creative entertainment hub on Streatham Hill. We call ourselves a ‘youth club for adults’ where people can come together, relax and be inspired. We are thrilled to be at the heart of this vibrant community, and love delivering exciting events, delicious food and great nights out.
It’s not all about us though.
Just two minutes from our door and right next to Streatham Hill station is the Streatham Space Project. This brand new performance venue opens in late Spring and promises to stage intimate theatre, music – from jazz to grime to folk – comedy, stand-up, and mini-festivals. In their own words, the Streatham Space Project is an experiment into what an arts space can do for a neighbourhood and the wider community.
Down the hill and adjacent to Streatham Common is the glossy new leisure centre, library and the capital’s only Olympic-size ice rink. And this summer, the Common will play host to Kiss FM’s mammoth Kisstory festival, as well as the One Dance festival. Not to mention the food festival in June where you can eat your way around the world.
It’s not just on the streets and in the parks that Streatham is changing. Online, the new hub MyStreatham.com is aiming to bring the local community together to celebrate the Streatham of today. It’s not just a ‘what’s on guide’, it’s about discovering and more importantly sharing what’s happening in this diverse area.
So yes, Streatham is changing, but it’s keeping its heart. We are a neighbourhood that’s fostering a deep sense of community and supporting each other for the benefit of all.
Come down, say hi, enjoy a drink and take part. We’re all ready for you!
For more details on what’s on at Exhibit B, including silent cinema, Drag Brunch and special offers, go to www.ExhibitB.co.uk