Riverside Studios is the kind of wholesome arts centre you don’t often find in a big city like London. Never mind the fact that you can find outlets for dance, music, art and film in more famous locations across the capital; here they’re all wrapped up in one central Hammersmith stronghold. The Studios have gradually been smartening themselves up—losing some of the lefty feel along the way—but are still a fantastic venue for unexpected cultural delights.
The cinema programme is by far the highlight, hosting off-beat seasons such as their collaboration with Ciné Lumière to screen French classics like Jean De Florette. This has to be the only venue in London committed to double-bills—the single most important reason for visiting (even the BFI doesn’t offer this). A fantastic repertory programme regularly shows classics from Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock. Settle down with a glass of vino from the bar and enjoy.