The latest in a series of branded events, spaces and initiatives set up by the infamous US Skatewear company Vans, London Waterloo’s Old Vic Tunnels have recently reopened after the Old Vic Theatre’s series of events that included Secret Cinema and a screening of Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop came to an end in March. Now host to a grown up’s playground including skateparks, bars, cinemas, galleries and a music venue, the rabbit run tunnels of the old train network have been completely transformed by Vans a stylish multi purpose event space, with Vans putting down a three year lease on the space and with the promise exhibitions, workshops, gigs and film screenings that looks to be an incredible addition to South London’s entertainment offerings, especially with the Winter beginning to settle in. Located just next to the Leake Street Graffiti tunnels that have long been a destination for writers and street artists, the two combine to make for a solid day out.
Completely free to use, musicians are simply asked to donate a percentage of ticket sales to one of Vans’ partner charities while creative’s who’s residency applications are approved are simply asked to give permission for them to be filmed at work by Vans. Designed by Hellicar and Lewis the space looks like a visual treat and promises enough free entertainment to keep everyone happy and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Head down to Arches 228-232, Station Approach, SE1 to have a look for yourself and visit the House of Vans website for more information.