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Wilton's Music Hall

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Address: 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB , England
Phone Number: 020 7702 2789
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Wilton's is the world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall. After years of...

Wilton's is the world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall. After years of dereliction it is now open as a full time theatre, bar and historic landmark.

This stunning and atmospheric building puts on a range of ticketed events including theatre, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret alongside to bars which are open to the public (free access).

Please check the website before your visit as on occasional dates, Wilton's Music Hall is closed due to private hire.

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Great tour, fantastic venue

I cam for a tour of Wilton's Music Hall with family. The tour guide was fantastic, very interesting and engaging while the building itself is wonderful, full of history and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
551otherthing
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I cam for a tour of Wilton's Music Hall with family. The tour guide was fantastic, very interesting and engaging while the building itself is wonderful, full of history and interesting quirks. The Mahogany Bar was also great and I loved its hidden Sherlock connection! I only came for a tour but I'm planning to come to a show and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had we not been invited to see "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" mise en scène by the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir we would never have found this remarkable east end venue. It really is a hidden gem tucked away up a pedestrian alley that is actually well signposted from Cable Street. The two bars had a real buzz... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our first visit to Wilton's to see Magdalena Cozena, an international opera star stepping out to give a very entertaining performance of Cole Porter songs with the Melody Makers big band. Very helpful, enthusiastic staff make you feel very welcome at this beautiful, lovingly restored building, the oldest music hall in the world. The only downside was the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A gem! Who knew such things existed. Made me want to retire to help raise money to keep the place going. Well done all of you for your passion.

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Thank XOGM
Southborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a venue near my work. We use it for celebrations. The bar has very good craft beers. The stripped walls, with no plaster or paper, gives the building a unique charm. The music hall itself either is a period masterpiece or a wreck depending on you taste. I like it but I prefer the downstairs bar.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to see comic opera, the acoustics were surprisingly good and it's a really quirky venue. It's one of the oldest music halls there is and there are columns in the main auditorium which may obscure your view so be careful where you sit. There's a lot of history about the place and there's a complimentary booklet which tells... More 

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Thank Jeanette M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Appalling customer service. My friend and I bought tickets to a performance of the Italian comic opera Falstaff - not cheap at £17 each, but classed as restricted view ‘due to seat angle and possible barley twist column in view’. There was no warning that the English surtitles weren’t visible from the seats and so would be unsuitable for non-Italian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Wilton's Music Hall has been on TV and has featured in a number of films so is quite well known as a place, but the tours which are laid on for the visitor allow people to explore this fascinating corner of old London and to get to grips with the historical context. The Music Hall is in a tiny alley... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

This place is one of London's greatest gems. Amidst all the glass and metal structures of varying styles of cube spreading across London, with cranes bristling from the top, tucked away down a little side street, lies Wilton's Music Hall. Not just the oldest music hall in London, or England, but the oldest in the World! After extensive refurbishment in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

So wanted to love this place. It is an amazing venue, and we were looking forward to a family outing to Shakespeare Untold. The place was sadly let down by appalling audio (exceedingly annoying loud buzzing from speakers throughout the performance) technical incompetence (half-hearted attempts to fix it in the interval failed) and a laissez-faire staff attitude ("oh well, it... More 

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