THE ALBERT is a pop-up venue for experimental projects and community well-being.

The site of the former British Legion on Albert Road in South Kilburn was transformed by a team of architects, carpenters, artists and local construction trainees into a new pop-up venue for arts and community well-being. In December a diverse range of artists, cooks, performers, dancers, choreographers and the unexpected moved into the Albert Centre to work and facilitate a new exciting programme of activities, workshops and events to the general public.

For a limited amount of time THE ALBERT is bringing together a range of playful projects that people can take part in - projects that test you physically and creatively. The local neighbourhood and the general public are invited to THE ALBERT to embark on experiments, enjoy the pop-up café and restaurant, join the cycle training, try out something new: sing in a choir, perform as a dancer, grow vegetables, and learn to cook or get physical! There are lots of interesting spaces and activities to explore including a community food growing project, outside green space and ballcourt, a public kitchen, exhibitions, and a food market.

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The Albert no.1
Venue for performances and events
Where: 1 Albert Road, NW6 5DT

The Albert no.5

Café, juice bar, sports hall, artist studios, pool
Venue for performances and events
Where: 5 Albert Road, NW6 5DT


C U R T A I N_ C A L L : 2 0 - 2 1. 0 9. 1 3
Make the most of THE ALBERT during the coming weeks and join us at our final show on the 20th -21st September. Details of the event will follow shortly. Please contact us if you would like to be involved.
Until the end of the September the programme at The Albert will continue.

Football, Basketball, Netball, Yoga, Movement workshops
More info
Photography by Sam Coren


Open daily Monday to Saturday 12-4pm
The Albert team of cooks will serve affordable yet delicious lunches and cakes.

The Albert team of cooks include:
National Algerian Centre
Lorraine Wood
Sonia Robinson
Beverley Booth

More info
Photography: Maya Glaser
OUTSIDE SPACE for play, picnics, sports and art installations.
The space is open daily to the public.

Maria Westerstahl, 2013
ongoing exhibition at Albert 5

One Liner is the fictional stream of consciousness of a collective identity.  Its first person narrative is that of a hypothetical character, amalgamated from unedited fragments of interviews with resident artists and practitioners at The Albert.  The piece invites the reader to follow a thread through an internal consciousness as well as the spaces it actually inhabits, imposing a format of unity onto multiple voices to engage with the paradoxical dynamics of authorship, creativity and identity.

7th Auguts,
21st August,
28th August



Group 101 presents Film Night @ The Albert tomorrow night 6pm, were even throwing in popcorn so come on down.

Thursday 15th August

organised by artists Clare Lewis

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Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6pm

London School of Basketball

Sessions are starting at The Albert

From August every Tuesday and Thursday 5-60pm

Find out more
23rd to 28th July
Tues-Fri 6pm, 8pm
Sat-Sun 4pm, 6pm, 8pm


"We are forgetting that when you cut people they bleed...There's a lost nation out there who people just don't see or speak to." (Monique, in her own words.)

Booking is now open for our latest production, Lost Nation. Based on interviews with real people, Lost Nation is gritty site-specific drama set in the streets of London. It is the culmination of extensive research whilst working alongside some of the most vulnerable in our society. Lost Nation tells the story of people who have been branded skivers and shirkers in their own words.
Get your early bird tickets now.

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Saturday 28th July

Albert Residents Present

The Albert residents invite you to a summer party at our South Kilburn creative space. We’ll be filling The Albert No. 1 and its outdoor spaces with art, dance, music and delicious food.

Spend the afternoon immersed in a live visual art installation, feast at our awesome Potluck BBQ, chill in the garden with lemonade and homemade cake, grab a drink and see the floor taken by dance performances, and stay late for live music and dancing.

All ages welcome. Proceeds from food and drink will go towards the continued life of The Albert. Food will be served from 4-8pm. The Potluck Performance line-up will be announced on the website nearer the time. Join us in celebrating and supporting this vital artistic community and arts hub.

Listen to Kilburn to Kensal Radio:
Kilburn to Kensal Radio is a new community radio station for North West London with a studio at The Albert.
If you would like to present your own radio programme or have stories, ideas or opinions to share, if you have an event to publicise, an announcement to make or a business to promote GET IN TOUGH:


Sundays: cooking workhsops
Dine together and share the art of cooking dishes and desserts from Traditional Algerian Cuisine to other continental appetites.
More info
11-12 May
Ov London - Art of the Moment festival

Art of the Moment was a celebration of cross-disciplinary improvisation, aiming to dissolve the barriers between movement, music and visuals. Artists included h2dance, Conversation with sound, Antonio de la Fe and Lavinia Cascone, Oren Marshall, Maggie Nicols and many others
Image of "Conversation with Sound"
Garneth Barnett exhibition,
Utopia is a direction,
7-12 May
Dog Kennel Hill Project presents "The Ottis Redding" a show about weddings
on Thursday, 28th March

The audience witnessed the results of Dog Kennel Hill Project's research into social gatherings, in collaboration with members of Kilburn's community as they discovered and re-enacted an ultimate wedding experience at The Albert. More images
Photography: Maya Glaser
International Women's day at The Albert Caféon Friday 8th March
Photography: Maya Glaser
Perfance: Hiru dance
Event organised by Can Can Productions
Food & Games Night by Spork on Sunday, 17 March

Spork Club is a collective of London-based artists that investigate the relationship between food, games and art. Through our fun and thoughtful hybrid events, we create pop-up communities and spaces for childlike exploration. Spork derives its name from a hybrid eating tool that is both functional and whimsical.

Spork public dinners every first and third Sunday of the month.
HERE NOW: Tuesday 12.03. - Saturday 16.03.
A performance event

For 4 hours of each day, EXIT MAP (Laura Doehler) opened the doors to the public and invited people to emerse themselves in the ever-changing landscape of HERE NOW; where distinct art forms merged and collided, generating an unpredictable and continuously evolving experience that asked the question; what is possible, in this moment, in this place, here and now?
Arabic music night, 21st March
An evening of food and music organised by Paelstinian women.
Lagoon mini festival at The Albert
A promenade musical adventure at the Lagoon Mini-Festival which recreated a desert island shanty bar and ended with an after-party in the pool. Put together by party-planners Sinema City, the specially curated programme took place against a backdrop by Old Vic Tunnels' resident designers Darling & Edge. Performances featured a giant space octopus, an experimental Japanese folk musician and inventor, a kora player, and an 11-strong shanty band from Hackney
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D+D dinner and dancin on Valentines Day
Image by Alex Taibel
Performances at the launch included “Cake” by Eleanor Sikorski (image: Sarah Hibbert) who opened the evening with a bang!
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE: let us know what you think about the project, the programme, the spaces,...We would like to hear from you!