The Grand was established in 1900 by some of the most popular performers of the time. Launched at the height of the Music Hall, since then a cinema, a bingo hall and a nightclub, The Grand has always remained true to its original aim: to entertain. The New Grand Theatre quickly established itself as one of London’s premier venues, attracting the stars of its day. Even a young Charlie Chaplin graced our stage. By 1931, it was a cinema and then from the 60s, the people of Clapham and Battersea had a dedicated bingo hall until the closing in 1979. But not before the building was Grade II listed in 1978 – saving it! In 1991, The Grand reopened, having been restored to its former glory by promoters Mean Fiddler. Soon The Grand was a venue for bands breaking into the mainstream. Jay Kay lead Jamiroquai through their earliest hits. Courtney Love cracked jokes at her polite London crowd. And the Verve, fresh from trashing the US, brought the riot back to home turf. Even bigger acts followed in the ‘00s when Oasis, Muse and Brian May played to packed crowds. In recent years The Grand has revived its original mission: the perfect blend of variety and quality. With themed film screenings or an irreverent take on bingo one night, and world-class comedians, musicians and DJs the next. We’re reinventing the best of the past for new audiences and are proud to be part of Independent Venues Week!