Hackney Empire is the home of classic pantos, live comedy and music, theatre performances and everything in between. The best part? It’s just 4 minutes walk away from Kip Hotel. So if you’re looking for a hotel near Hackney Empire, you’ll not find many closer than us!
Situated in the heart of London’s East End, Hackney Empire has been an iconic venue for the arts and popular culture since it first opened in 1901. It’s grown to become a modern complex that welcomes a local and global community of artists and audiences. In their own words, they showcase work that is “at once extraordinary, relevant, inspirational and transformative.” It’s truly a magical place and well worth a visit.
In fact, Hackney Empire has actually had a few iterations since it was first built. Originally it was conceived as a music hall, designed by the architect Frank Matcham, before being turned into an actual bingo hall! If you can believe that. However, in 1984 the theatre gained a Grade II* listing and was reopened as a 1,000 seat theatre in 1986. In 2001, the Empire began a renovation and restoration project which was completed in January 2004 and that’s how you’ll find it today!
Charlie Chaplin, W. C. Fields, Stanley Holloway, Stan Laurel, Marie Lloyd, and Julie Andrews are just some of the iconic names that have all performed at Hackney Empire over the years. And it regularly welcomes the biggest names of the current day to its stage. So if you’ve got a visit to the venue booked, staying in a hotel near Hackney Empire means you’ll arrive in plenty of time before curtain up. And you’ll definitely be able to fit in a few pre show drinks – maybe even some dinner!
If you’re planning a visit to London and want a hotel near Hackney Empire book your stay at Kip today.