Tea dance revival relaunches town hall

12 January 2018

Written by: Lambeth Council

Brixton area > Culture and community > Events > News

There were beaming faces all round during a traditional tea dance held on Saturday Jan 6 at the Assembly Hall in the centre of Brixton. It was the first social event at the newly-re-opened Town Hall.

couples dancing in the restored Assembly Hall Brixton Jan 2018 reopening of the Town Hall

Lambeth’s Town Hall hosted a sold-out traditional Tea Dance to celebrate re-opening to the public.

Sell out success

All 150 tickets sold out before Christmas for the event, which was held in the town hall’s high ceilinged, wood-panelled Assembly Hall – the site of many popular tea dances in the past.

‘Tea’ is for tunes

The host and DJ was Mr Wonderful who leads similar events all over London, and cakes were sold by Lambeth resident Joanne B Cakes who is also a Lambeth Country Show favourite.

Word from the Cabinet

Among those who attended was Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader. She said: “It was a fantastic event and there was some real talent on the dancefloor. It’s wonderful to be able to host this kind of community event in the restored town hall. I hope this event will be the first of many.”

Bringing the community together

Age UK Lambeth also welcomed the event. Services Manager Kim Connell said: “Older people without family can feel more isolated at the weekend and they loved having a reason to dress up. Real tickets were available and easy to get, not just online ones – that’s more user friendly for many older people. Age UK Lambeth went to every table to tell people about our brand new social membership service called MYsocial – we have events all year, but none in a bigger or more beautiful venue than the Assembly Hall.

“I’ve never seen so many people smiling in one room and the question on everyone’s lips was “When’s the next one?”

Dancing into the future

But the Age UK Lambeth generation were not alone: dancers included children and one young couple with a baby. Many guests said how much they’d looked forward to the return of tea dances. Even more said how much they loved the Assembly Hall’s makeover and asked when the next dance will be.

For more information

For details of the next Tea Dance, look out for details on posters, Twitter (especially Event Lambeth), Lambeth.gov.uk web pages and Facebook page.

For information on AgeUK Lambeth, see their information pages and for details of how to find and join social events for 2018, try their Mysocial portal,


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