Maybe it's because this is where the Mrs and I had our very first date that means I hold warm and fuzzy feelings towards this venue?
Maybe it's the array of films, old and new at affordable prices?
Maybe it's the great productions, both plays and musicals?
Maybe it's the sleek and intimate atmosphere?
Maybe it's its collaboration with the Irish film festival and several others?
Maybe it's that you can take your vino into everything with you?
Riverside studios is a good part of why I want to move to Hammersmith (not to mention a friends adorable flat that I want to steal from him).
This is a great place for a first date, for a catch up evening with a good friend or for a cultural and chilled night out.
Love. Love. Love.
I can't talk about seeing a film here, since I have not. But I can talk about seeing a recording of a live TV show here, which I did.
And the experienced was mixed.
We were seeing a new game show called Virtually Famous, which will air sometime this year. We were told to arrive at 6pm and then didn't get into the studio until about 6:30pm. The stage is beautiful and there are many rows of plastic seats that they've squished together and can be a bit uncomfortable while sitting,
Now, here's the thing about them filming a game show. you're going to be sitting there for a long time. About three times as long as the show actually is, and when we were there, it was even longer. They didn't even get started until about 7:30 and then we were still sitting there at 10pm when they finished part two and took a break for part three (which is where decided to leave). And it's a long, long time, since they won't let you bring drinks in (despite there being a bar right outside) or use your phone at all while you are sitting there. Long.
However, it's live TV! The famous panel of guests were hilarious, the show was fun and it was exciting to be part of that famous "live studio audience."
The tickets are free so I can't complain too much and it was an experience to remember. Just know what you're getting yourself into if you go, since it's a long night for sure.
During our first year in Hammersmith, we made use of every opportunity it had to offer. The Apollo... Farmers markets... And, most importantly, the boat race.
But as newbies to the race, we prepared months in advance and searched the best place to watch the boats. A little Googling later and the Riverside Cafe seemed to be a good mix of close to our flat, no tickets needed and equipped with a bar.
We turned up two hours early to bagsie a good spot. In hindsight, a little unnecessary. But we sent our time happily drinking Pimms and tucking into the BBQ they put on. Two minutes before race time the balcony got flooded with fans screaming for their team to win. Two hours wait for 10 seconds of action. But all in all, a happy day was had by all.
A small but happy bar on the riverside. Enjoyed best on the balcony in summer.
What a wonderful way to spend an evening!
Two films (usually with a theme running between them) for £7.50. SEVEN FIFTY!! Last night's was a Joaquin Phoenix double bill, showing Walk The Line followed by Two Lovers. While we ended up skipping the first film and just having dinner, the price is still very reasonable.
We shared a lovely bottle of wine outside on the terrace (had to sit on the wall though as all the tables were full) with amazing views of the river and Hammersmith Bridge. Back inside for dinner, which we shared: a large mezze platter and some mushroom bruschetta, both of which were delicious and just enough.
The cinema itself is what every cinema should be: small and dark, with the seats on an incline so everyone can see. They showed the previews and ads WAY before the start time (PERFECT!!), even drew the curtains in between the previews and the film itself (DRAMATIC!!).
Riverside has much more to offer than just a restaurant and a cinema... it also shows stand-up comedy, has a fully functioning tv studio where they film live shows, a theatre for live music, and art exhibitions. A wonderful space with quality at every turn.
Riverside Studios is a very cool arts space in Hammersmith without a Macbook or Nathan Barley wannabe in sight. It has a theatre, exhibition space, an award-winning restaurant, television studios (where programmes such as The Apprentice: You're Fired are filmed and for which studio audience tickets can be obtained), free wifi and a riverside terrace. I've always come here for the repertory cinema though, which through its relatively rickety seats and large screen exudes a quirky cool welcome next to the slick and comparatively soulless mainstream cinemas. As a repertory cinema it also offers film fans a great last-chance to catch films before they leave the big screen for good. And for £8.50 for a double bill, it's one of the cheapest cinemas in London.
No review of the Riverside Studios is complete however without due reverence being paid to the excellent range of Meantime beer served on tap at the stylish yet unpretentious bar, any pint of which can be carted up to the cinema to be enjoyed with the film. Cinema goers can't enjoy their beer in a glass as Vincent Vega would have liked (instead, a plastic cup), but the sheer quality of the beer and simply having this option in the first place should be sufficient compensation for any purist.
Definitely worth checking out.
This place is pretty magic. Put it this way, tonight they are showing the film 'Double Indemnity'. That alone is a reason to give it five stars, or maybe six stars.
Please create a sixth star, due to Riverside Studios screening Double Indemnity,
I have been to the cinema here, I have seen stand up comedy here, I have had drinks here. All of these were magnificent; probably even worth trawling through Hammersmith for.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE any cinema that shows classic movies. Why? Because it's becoming so rare. Rather than getting genius like 'Double Indemnity' and 'It's A Wonderful Life' we are treated to junk like Big Momma's House 9 and Saw 28. Enough already!. Give us something original, and if you can't give us something original; give us something black and white and magical. Riverside seem to appreciate this.
It's also a lovely venue. A kind of upper class feel to it yet they let the riff-raff like me in, which is good to know. I also have the vague memory of coming here once to watch a really bad play where a bunch of guys danced around with sticks and chanted for like two hours. It wasn't good, but I can't really blame the venue.
I give this five stars, and also realise I never ever come here; which is going to change now; because they deserve my money. As a side note, if you ever see anywhere screening 'Double Indemnity' - go see it, it's the kind of film that reminds you why you love films so much; and it's nowhere near as good on DVD.
You probably don't know this place is here unless you live in the area. It's hidden down a back street near Hammersmith tube. Trivia fact - this is where they filmed TFI Fridays in the 90s, and more recently The Apprentice after shows. Was here to see a show being filmed, but was impressed with the bar and food offerings. It's not the soul-less hanger that you'd expect of a recording studio - it even has live music and comedy shows and a double bill showing in their cinema every night.
I need to come back here more often!
It's popular on the weekend nights in the bar - a lot of fun too.
Tasty food, cold drinks, polite service. However, 3 of my friends had burgers that seemed to be cooked from frozen. And were rather frozen in the inside. Not cool.
On a very sunny afternoon some umbrellas would have been useful. I got quite sunburned (unexpected afternoon out + unexpected sunshine!).
A great venue that is underexposed in London.
They have a theatre studio space as well as recording studios (I think they used to film CD:UK here) and a cinema.
The programme is always really interesting - they often have obscure film festivals or show films that you'd never see anywhere else. The theatre (although I'm not sure the theatre space is being used so much there days) has international imported shows and occasionally homegrown new work. The BBC has also recorded radio shows here - I saw a few episodes of a radio4 comedy series a while ago.
The bar is quite trendy and attracts the cool dudes. Prices average for London, but definitely a hip place to grab a glass of vino in Hammersmooth.
The Riverside is so much more than just a really cool cafe/bar. I wish I had the time to go to the cinema more often - they have a great selection of independent and more mainstream films; I particularly like the double bills.
Went to an excellent live performance at one of the studios yesterday. Kick-off is a play about gay footballers - extremely funny despite the serious undertones. All the staff lined up to follow the show, too. Excellent atmosphere, and the party continued in the bar afterwards.
The studios are also host to quite a few TV productions, so definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Over the last few years I've got to know Riverside pretty well through appearing on some of the music shows that used to be shot there: CD:UK, Popworld and, more recently, Nokia Green Room, plus the odd industry showcase.
The studios are much smaller than you'd think; I remember the very first time I was on CD:UK I couldn't believe how few people were actually in the audience - when I'd watched at home it had looked like a proper venue full. Nope, all TV trickery I'm afraid! It was very cool standing on stage and looking over to the right where I could see the staircase Chris Evans used to run up and down during TFI Friday though.
One time I managed to be in a dressing room next to The Cardigans and later be dancing in the audience next to Ian Brown - that was a good night. And I'll never forget the womens' screams when I was on stage performing "The Sun Only Shines On TV" with A-Ha - ear piercing!
It's a lovely building, with lots of nice dressing rooms and excellent crews of production staff. On sunny days sitting out on the back patio is brilliant, with gorgeous views of the Putney across the river, but I like the indoor cafe seating too, and the food is always really gorgeous. I keep meaning to go and see a double bill of films at Riverside, as it's one of the few places in London that still does them, I might have to make that a New Year's Resolution.
Saw Frankie Boyle here and Russell Howard.
Very good quality.
And when performers do some warm up gigs, they come here.
Also, a bit of history. T.F.I Friday used to be filmed here.
For anyone who likes an indy arthouse cinema, the Riverside Studios is a pretty darn good find. It's not in a particularly well-trafficked area, not far from the Hammersmith Bridge and but was a pleasant surprise for a Sunday afternoon film. I saw My Sweet Little Village part of a Czech film festival that was going on and rather enjoyed the cinema and its somewhat eclectic selection of films to show (the entire Godfather series in a row, anyone?)
The cafe area has a good, relaxed vibe with nice comfy couches but the real hiddem gem is the terrace overlooking the river and Hammersmith Bridge. A great place for a pre/post show drink and chance to soak up the last bits of sun before the winter hits.
Cool cinema with a lovely little bar, particularly the bit overlooking the river - although if it's cold I wouldn't recommend it.
They have all sorts of double bills here which are good value and some really interesting films.
Just a shame I don't live West anymore or I'd be here a lot more often
Great place with a varied offering: cinema, theatre, comedy, bar and restaurant.
All good and very pleasant evening spent there.
We were allowed to take a pint into the theatre which I appreciated (they give you a plastic glass obviously)
I haven't gone here for the movies but I have gone to the terrace for events and the place is lovely and a great view. Its nice during warm weather to be able to go outside and have a casual event with a great atmosphere!
I went on the riverside terrace the other night, which is really lovely too. It was a bit nippy but the atmosphere made up for it.
This review is for the food only. We came here for dinner as a cheap 'n' cheerful option to having to cook. The wine selection is pretty good (which is, of course, a big plus with me!). I had the fish pie, which was alright. Not much fish, per se, but the pastry was lovely. Big G and Dr J had the burger and fries, which they liked. The atmosphere was nice as it wasn't too packed. If I lived in the area (or in London, come to think of it), I'd probably stop by and check out the other stuff too.
LOVE this cinema. When you enter, a Brilliant cafe will probably tempt you into buying drinks or a snack. When you leave you'll have paid next to nothing for watching a double bill of indie or so-called 'arthouse' cinema - for instance they'll be playing the new cohen brothers film alongside one of their previous masterpieces - and it's so cheap that it'll still be worth it even if you only go and see the new one! Add to that the fact that the screen is MASSIVE and the sound is loud and crisp and you've found something close to cinema heaven. One of the best cinemas in London, hands down
Great little cinema that often shows some fantastic double bills, and is pretty reasonably priced for what you get! They tend to show mostly art-house, and some classic films. They do occasionally show some more recent stuff, so check out the listing online! It is certainly worth checking out! They also have a lovely bar with a nice terrace facing the river.
Love this space. You can go to enjoy a film and they will show a classic on early Sunday evening. They have great coffee, food and drinks and what a place to people watch. London needs more places like Riverside Studios and all year round they have great events. AMAZING
This place is the coolest little theatre! It's in Hammersmith, about a 10 minutes walk from the tube- not very easy to find, so bring a map; it's tucked up between houses in a residential area! It shows a variety of performances ranging from plays to quirky little productions that can be as wacky as something I saw last week called 'Auto Auto'- two German guys bashing up a car with several tools and managing to make the whole process sound melodic and rather pleasantly acoustic. Crazy stuff. The theatre has a little café at the entrance which for some reason feels very European and a bar at the back where they serve food- I didn't have any food, but it looked dams tasty!
This is a gem of a place which my friend and I accidently stumbled on as we were walking from Putney to Hammersmith on a day off. The food is truly scrummy and the riverside terrace makes it perfect for a spot of lunch during the summer. We had the tapas for two which came with cheese, bread, roasted vege and patats bravas. It wasn't cheap but not expensive either and worth the extra couple of pounds for good food and generours portions. Food that people around us were having looked good too, particularly the vege burger! Service was a bit slow but as we were having a relaxed lunch it wasn't too much of a problem. The bar area also looked good and there seemed to be a good cinema programme though I have only eaten there.
I've never actually been to the cinema here so I'm going to comment on the studios I used to come to Riverside Studios regularly when CD:UK was recorded here. It's a very nice little place, away from the main hustle and bustle of Hammersmith hidden behind a residential area. The studio is not huge but spacious enough and the atmosphere was always good when recording CD:UK. They have a lovely little bar area which is very pleasant to sit and have a drink/something to eat and when they are recording TV shows here the artists performing/presenters tend to go there in between takes/after filming so you never know, you may bump into someone famous!
Overall, it's a nice little place which is refreshingly quiet for the area.
Cool cafe, wonderful films and theatre. My friend and I go dressed in vintage 1920's dresses just to watch the double bills and to have some wine.
I remember going to Riverside many years ago... and it was even then it had a special feeling for me. Now visiting it again, it still has something about it that i really like. The terrace is a summertime must, and if you like food, even though it's not chinese(!), its great!
If you like movies and plays, this is one of the best venues in west london. Friendly staff are always important, and this place has this too. Try it, you won't be dissapointed!
i don't like theatre, but they seem to attract quite a crowd. the cinema however is excellent, showing a wide range of arthouse films from around the world. also, the riverside terrace is a real hidden gem. you walk along a narrow corridor past small studio doors and changing rooms and end up drinking (no decent beer though) or eating (rather decent if pricey food) with a perfect view over hammersmith bridge.
I love the terrace at the Riverside Studio cafe with brilliant views over the Thames; shame it is for summer only. At other times, the restaurant bar serves good food at reasonable value, but the decor is a bit on the cold side. Very useful though if you are going to the studios anyway for a movie or show. Good for lunch and drinks in the evening.
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