Hidden behind a peeling door down an unassuming alley in Whitechapel lies Wilton’s, London’s (and it has been rumoured – the world’s) longest surviving music hall.
Whilst London keeps on growing with new buildings going up every day, we like to take the time to consider the beauty and inspiration that can be found in old London, where classic design and refinement forever reigns in hidden gems like this one.
Wilton’s first opened its doors as a pub in 1743 but in 1839 work was completed on the adjoining concert room, a uniquely spectacular space comprising of a polished wooden dance floor, proscenium arch stage and balcony with ‘barley sugar’ cast iron pillars. Although much of the paint has peeled away, details of the beautiful friezes and murals of dancers and flowers still remain.
Work has taken place over several decades to make sure Wilton’s is structurally sound and can continue to run, which it does with gusto! But for now, the paintwork has been left as it was in decades gone by. The faded colours and rough textures are still beautiful in their ‘unfinished’ state, they are a testament to the long and lively history of this splendid music hall, the likes of which will never be seen again.
To find out what events are happening at the venue visit their website.