On 22nd January 2007, the Hammersmith Palais was condemned to be demolished. The West London venue will close in April, with Kasabian and Jamie T playing two of the last ever gigs there.
Located on Shepherd's Bush Road, London W6, the Hammersmith Palais de Danse was opened in 1919 to host the newest jazz bands. It remained a popular dance venue throughout the 1940s and beyond but played host to more and more live music. It has long been self-described as the "World Famous" Hammersmith Palais, although its international renown is primarily linked to the classic The Clash song (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.
For a period in the 1930s, the Palais was also used as an ice rink, with the London Lions ice hockey team using it as a base.
Nowadays, the Palais stages a mix of live music gigs, dance nights and private events. On Saturday evenings it currently hosts the popular SchoolDisco club night.
It is presently owned by Barclub Ltd, which also controls the Po Na Na chain of themed bars. The company briefy renamed the club Po Na Na Hammersmith in the early 2000s but, in an acknowledgement of the venue's historic reputation, the original Hammersmith Palais name has since been reinstated.