The Hammersmith Apollo, one of London’s best-known live music venues, opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace and was also known as the Hammersmith Odeon from 1962 until the early ‘90s.

It’s been home to some famous concerts – the Beatles played 38 shows over 21 nights in 1964-65, with the Yardbirds, then featuring Eric Clapton,
as special guests.

With its capacity of less
than 9000, the venue is
more conducive to intimate performances rather than grand stadium gigs. A band
on form coupled with
a captive audience creates
an unforgettable atmosphere.

It’s definitely worth taking
in a gig or some stand-up comedy there. Funnyman Lee Mack is playing four shows at the Apollo next month, and Crowded House are playing three shows at the venue in early June.

» Queen Caroline St, W6
9QH Hammersmith
GREAT FOR: Intimate gigs