A large block of student flats in Shepherd's Bush Road is almost complete and, looking at the site now, it is hard to believe it used to be home to one of the most iconic entertainment venues in London's history.

The Hammersmith Palais, originally the Hammersmith Palais de Danse, was a ballroom from 1919 until 2007, built to host ballroom dancing and various other dance acts.

It remained a popular venue for the genre until the 1980s, when it played host mainly to live pop music.

Acts including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, The Police, U2, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Hanoi Rocks and Kylie Minogue all played
there.

Before it exploded on to the world stage, though, it hosted rather more low key events, such as in October 1958 when a team of women known as the Hula Hoop girls performed their routine, or the Junior Old Time Dancing Contest in 1963.

Pictured: Nine year olds Jacqueline Farrell and Sylvia Melling of St Helens, Lancashire, photographed arriving at the Hammersmith Palais for the finals of the Juvenile and Junior Old Time Dancing Contest, wearing their crinoline style ball gowns.
4th June 1963. From Mirrorpix