About Us

Hanwell Community Centre is managed directly by Ealing Council. The centre has operated as a community centre since the 1940’s, providing facilities for the local community.

The building itself has a fascinating history. The centre is housed in what remains of the Central London District School, built to accommodate and educate orphans and children from destitute families. The school could look after 1200 children, many were sent there from local workhouses.

Charlie Chaplin was in residence from 1896, and once the school closed in 1933 the site continued to be linked to celebrities. In 1969 four of Britain’s most famous rock bands The Who, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin all rehearsed at Hanwell Community Centre.

The centre has also proved to be a desirable filming location with scenes from TV series Only Fools and Horses, Midsomer Murders, Jemima Shaw Investigates, Ultimate Force, Bergerac, Rumble, Prisoners of Conscience, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries and New Tricks, being shot inside the building and on the grounds. In 2000 the film Billy Elliot used the 5 a side sports hall for the filming of the ballet and boxing studio scenes.

You can find out more about the history of the centre by visiting our historical image library.

Hanwell Community Centre is a space for the community. Facilities are to be used and enjoyed. New activities are welcomed and venue hire is available.

Facilities include:

  • 5 a side pitch
  • Basketball court
  • Badminton hall
  • Judo room
  • Martial arts room
  • Boxing studio
  • Pottery studio
  • Upholstery workshop
  • Arts and crafts suites
  • Educational suites
  • Meeting and training rooms
  • Private Events
  • Childrens Birthday Parties

Latest News

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  • We have a brand new singing class beginning at the centre on the 2nd June. The first sessions is FRE Read More