The 2017 advert on the regional Ceroc site calls this “A majestic building, an fabulous venue with a dance floor to die for” and notes a little later “Also one of Ceroc Londons prestigious weekend freestyle venues hosting our very special monthly Saturday night social party nights.”
I have only been there once, and it was a few years back, but my recollection of the event was not like that at all. The evening started with a easy intermediate lesson and then went into freestyle. The number of people was modest – about 60 or so I’d guess.
Friendliness was in short supply largely because most of the people who went, turned up as couples. So yes they would swap partners, but the men half of the couple seemed decidedly miffed to see a solo male try to pinch the lady – even if it was for only one dance.
As for the venue – it is a traditional Town Hall with the central room used as a dance floor. It was perfectly fine, but not that special
- Air conditioning: Can’t say. The number of people there was modest so the chances of getting too hot were limited.
- Atmosphere: 1 out of 5. The hall isn’t designed for atmosphere sadly. It’s not bad but it is not brilliant.
- Do ladies ask men: 0 out of 5. I didn’t get asked once, and had to ask all the way through the night – and got turned down quite a few times.
- Facilities: 2 out of 5 – it is an old town hall.
- Free water: Yes
- Friendliness: 0 out of 5. I was there right at the start, but no one came up to say “hi, haven’t seen you here before.” Not the organiser, not the early arrivers, not no one.
- Location: 3 out of 5. Just off the main road and I found parking in a side street. But I was there early. I am not sure where else one would park.
- Music: 3 out of 5
- Parking: See location.
- Space: 5 out of 5 – what is needed is more people there not more space.
- Venue overall: 2 out of 5