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Willesden Trade Hall (& Apollo Club) Historical Tour
23rd Aug 2023
Willesden Trade Hall
375 High Road
Price FreeBook via Eventbrite
After years of closure, join the group trying to save this iconic venue and bring it back to life.
Book your free place via Eventbrite for an exclusive tour of the site and its history.
The Willesden Trades and Labour Hall Society bought the hall in 1924. Through the ’20s and ’30s, the hall was mainly used for union and Labour Party meetings with popular speakers such as Sylvia Pankhurst, who founded the Willesden Branch of the Communist Workers’ Movement there in 1924.
It hosted thousands of strikers throughout the years, including the Grunwick Strikes from 76-78.
In 1969 an attempt was made to solve financial difficulties of the building with a long-term lease of the ground floor hall to the Apollo Club, a venue for reggae nights and West Indian music.
Opened by Jeffrey Palmer in the 70s, the Apollo Nightclub has been one of the most popular reggae venues in Brent. Famous for monthly club nights over the last 40 years, it is said that Bob Marley played there when he first came to London.
Join the tour to celebrate the centenary of this iconic building and its rich working class history.