Wilton's Music Hall

Public house with 18th-century origins, rebuilt in 1845-6, music hall added to rear in 1858-9, rebuilt in 1877 and refurbished since 1979

Visiting Wilton's
Contributed by John Earl on Sept. 5, 2018

Some years ago I was taking a mixed group of American second year historic preservation and theatre students on a full day tour of old London theatres, back stage and front of house, finishing with Wilton’s – then dark, silent and colder than the world outside.

On arrival it began to rain and no one had appeared to unlock the door. The sophomores (yay!) were tired and hungry and I began to fear an uprising, but eventually the key arrived and we assembled, standing in the hall in a grey light and I began to explain the place to them.  One of the girls quietly slipped away and a minute later she was on the dark stage, dancing, unaware of the rest of us.  I don’t know what music she could hear in her head, but it must have been beautiful.  It was a wonderful, fragile, unforgettable sight.

Nobody seemed to be taking any notice, but some sort of magic must have worked on the whole company.  I had trouble getting them all together and back to the bus!

View west on Grace's Alley, 1964
Contributed by Survey of London on Dec. 19, 2016

A view of 2 Grace's Alley, now part of Wilton's Music Hall, when in use as a rag merchant, a digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection:

https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/768848830129401856

1-4 Graces Alley in 2015
Contributed by Shahed Saleem

Wilton's Music Hall in early 2018, view along Grace's Alley from the north-west
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Wilton's Music Hall in early 2018, view along Grace's Alley from the south-east
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Wilton's Music Hall in early 2018, from the south-east
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Wilton's Music Hall in early 2018, frontage of the Mahogany Bar
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Wilton's Music Hall in early 2018
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Wilton's Music Hall in early 2018, from the west
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Wilton's Music Hall in 2009: 'Cipher', by Neil Wissink

a film by Neil Wissink, from Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/12489248

Contributed by Aileen Reid on Sept. 12, 2016

Frankie Goes to Hollywood at Wilton's, 1983

The original video of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1983 single 'Relax', which reached No 1 in January 1984, filmed at Wilton's music hall. The video was, allegedly, banned by the BBC and MTV because of its sexual content.

Contributed by Survey of London on March 12, 2018