Formerly known as the Hammersmith Apollo, the Eventim Apollo has become one of the most legendary multi-use venues in London. First opening in 1932, the Eventim Apollo has welcomed prolific artists and bands over the years such as the Beatles, U2, AC/DC, Blondie, Penn & Teller, Chris Rock, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Public Enemy, Kanye West, Elvis Costello Selena Gomez, Buddy Holly and Kings of Leon. The Eventim Apollo not only hosts huge names in the music industry, but also welcomes a range of comedians, children's shows, musicals, dance and other forms of entertainment, such as Eurovision, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Britain’s Got Talent, Brian Cox, and SpongeBob Square Pants as well as comedians Russell Brand, Russell Howard and Michael Mcinytre. In the comedy world, it has become an extremely famous venue for comedians to film live shows; Michael McIntyre, Eddie Izzard and Jack Dee released stand up series ‘Live at the Apollo’ on DVD.
Boasting an exquisite art deco design, the Eventim Apollo is a Grade II listed building and one of its most attractive, defining features is a Compton pipe organ which is still used in some performances. Having undergone several changes of management, the venue is currently owned by the Anschutz Entertainment group and Eventim UK.
The Eventim Apollo has an immense overall capacity of 3341 seats, including 141 seats in the Stalls and 1924 seats in the Circle. Given that the auditorium is so huge, ticket prices do vary for some shows however they often remain the same for all areas of the Stalls. If you are looking for some of the best seats in the house, these can be found in the middle of the Stalls, and specifically in Rows E and M, where it can feel very intimate. There are also excellent views in Rows Band F in the Circle, from an elevated position.
Ticket sales number: 0844 249 1000 (please note that these tickets cost 50p a minute including VAT per minute from a BT landline.
If you have any general enquiries, please call: O285633800
The Eventim Apollo access line: 02085633800
The Eventim Apollo Box Office is open from 4pm on performance days.
Located in central London, the Eventim Apollo is accessible using public transport or car, but it much easier via public transport. There are also many amenities close to the venue, such as the Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre as well as many shops, eateries and pubs. The Eventim Apollo address is:
45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH
Train: if you are taking the train, then the closest train station is Kensington Olympia. This train station is about a 21 minute walk or 15-20 minute bus-ride from the Eventim Apollo.
Tube: the nearest tube station is by far the Hammersmith Station, which is served by the Piccadilly and District lines. The tube station is only a short walk South taking the A219.
Bus: you can take several bus routes to the Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre, you can take bus routes such as 9, 10, 27, 33, 419, 72, H91, 190, 211, 220, 267, 283, 295 and 391.
Car: there are no parking spaces available in the venue itself and it is difficult to find parking around the venue. If you are planning on driving however, the best, secure place to park is at the Hotel Novotel London West, which is located very close to the venue. There are only 240 parking spaces here and non-residents must pay £3.50 per hour.
If you have any questions or need to book access requirements prior to your visit, then please call the Eventim Apollo access line on 0208 563 3800 which is open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm.
Getting into the venue
At the entrance to the venue, there is an access ramp available or two steps from the street.
Inside the Venue
Staff are there to assist access patrons throughout their visit; it is recommended that you arrive at the venue 15 minutes before so that you can be assisted.
From the entrance foyer to the bar area, access to the Stalls is completely step free and there are also two accessible viewing platforms available in the Stalls. These viewing platforms have space for four wheelchair users and four personal assistants which are located in line with Row X, about 30 meters from the stage.
However, the Circle is not recommended for customers with limited mobility as there is not step free access or any accessible seating.
First designed by Robert Cromie in 1932, the Eventim Apollo was originally called the Gaumont Palace Cinema, and was used for this purpose with the iconic Compton organ seating nearly 3.500 people. It was then renamed the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962 which is still known as. After a sponsorship deal with Labatt Brewing Company, the venue then changed names again and is now the called the Labatt Apollo. It was then bought in 2002 by Clear Channel Entertainment, who made a deal with Carling and renamed it the Carling Apollo. The venue then increased to 5,000 people and the stalls seating were made removable, then leading to its changing hands and being bought by the MAMA Group.
In January 2009, the HMV Group joined forces with the MAMA Group and the venue was renamed the HMV Apollo. However, the venue was then sold to by the HMV Group to AEG Live and CTS Eventim who have owned the venue ever since. When the venue reopened as the Eventim Apollo on 7 September 2013, Selena Gomez hosted the opening performance. Since then, the venue has been hosting world class performances in live entertainment and seen huge success.