With the news that the smelly Astoria might be on it's way out thanks to some pesky flat builders, never mind bloody Crossrail, it's with a sad face that we hear the same fate may await the much lovelier Hammersmith Palais. The venue opened in 1919 mainly hosting jazz events and is of course now home to the dreadful sounding School Disco as well as assorted gigs throughout the year. When we saw the very amazing Metric there last year, we were quite taken aback by the it's lushness and the fact that no matter where you stood the stage was perfectly visable. With capacity of 2230 and 6 bars, it seemed a perfect, if a little large, venue.
But every large building in London should be quaking in it's foundations when the property developers come a snooping. The venue's owner, Parkway Properties, has gained planning permission to convert the property into offices and shops and is currently awaiting further consent from Hammersmith and Fulham Council. A decision will be made on January 24.
Art of The State have got a great photo showing an advert for the Palais in it's hayday.
Photo borrowed from Fabio Venni's photostream.