Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre

Access information

The address of Battersea Arts Centre, also known as BAC, is Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TN.

It’s at the top of Lavender Hill in between Theatre Street and Town Hall Road.

Now a listed building, it was built in 1893 by Edward Mountford and was originally the Town Hall.  It has a baroque exterior, with columns and ornate stone balustrades. The restored interior has many decorative period features, including mosaic floors, a grand marble staircase and a glass dome.

Pay and Display Parking is available in Theatre Street to the left of the building.  In Town Hall Road, on the right of the building, parking permits are required between the hours of 10am and 6pm. These are obtainable from the Box Office and are free of charge to BAC customers, although please note that space is limited. Single yellow line parking is available in the surrounding streets after 7pm, Monday to Saturday.  Other side roads nearby have residential and restricted parking between the hours of 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Numerous buses stop near to BAC. If you are coming from North London, numbers 345, 77, 87, 156 and G1 stop on Lavender Hill on the other side of the road from BAC.   There’s a zebra crossing a few metres from the bus stop.

If you are travelling from the South,  buses N77 and 345 stop a few metres away from the entrance.  Other bus stops are a ten minute walk away on Lavender Hill. These are for numbers 35, 37, 39, 49, 170, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 344, and C3.

The closest Underground station is Clapham Common on the Northern line, which is a 15 minute walk.  From the station take the shopping centre exit and turn left, up Lavender Hill, past Asda, the Post Office and Magistrates Courts.  Cross Latchmere Road, which has traffic lights, then Theatre Street, and BAC is on your left.  Stockwell tube is on the Victoria line and about 15 minutes by bus, on the 345.

In front of the main doors, which will be pinned open, there are four stone steps, curving out in a half circle shape. There’s a curved roof over the entrance, supported by two pillars. There is a ramp to the left of the doors.

Inside, the Box Office is directly to your left. Headsets, Braille and large print cast lists will be available from here.  If you would like to listen to the introductory notes 15 minutes before the start of the performance, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat.

Straight ahead there is a second set of swing doors which lead into the foyer.  Facing you, about 5 metres away is the foot of a grand marble staircase which takes you up to the first floor.  There is a seating area to the right of the staircase and a display board area to the left.

Battersea Arts Centre has multiple spaces, arranged over three levels. Access to the first floor is via the staircase or there is a lift to the right of the foyer, through two sets of double doors.  The lower level is down a short flight of stairs, or there is level access through a door at the side of the building.

The café is to the right of the main foyer.  The doors are pinned open.  There is hot and cold food and alcoholic drinks available. The café is open from 10am.

The Men’s toilets are at the back of the main foyer, in the far right hand corner. Pass through two sets of swing doors and the men’s toilets are on the left.  The door opens towards you. The women’s toilets are directly at the back of the foyer, towards the left.  Again, the door opens towards you.  There are also toilets on the first floor.

The many spaces in the building are used not only for theatre productions, but for workshops, classes, talks and functions.  Some of these spaces have retained their names from when the building was a Town Hall and include the majestic Grand Hall which can seat up to 600, the beautifully refurbished Council Chamber and the Staff Recreation Room. The use of the rooms is constantly changing and they are set up for different events and performances as required.  Staff will be on hand to direct you.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.

Further information and contact details

Guide dogs are welcome at Battersea Arts centre. However, they are not allowed in any of the performance spaces. Staff will be happy to look after your dog during the performance.

If you are bringing a guide dog, you will probably have informed the theatre on making your booking.  However, if you have not, or if you require any further information, please call the box office, between 10am and 6pm, on 0207 223 2223. Further information is also available on the Battersea Arts centre website