The Building

Located in Hoxton, London, five minutes from Old Street tube, our building, Shoreditch Electric Light Station, provides a unique facility for artistic development, rehearsal and the staging of events.

Retaining the features and character of an imposing industrial space, the building began life as an electricity generating station in 1896. The site was rescued from dereliction in 1994 and, following extensive restoration and reconstruction, the building gained a new lease of life as a centre of excellence for the Circus Arts.

A facility unique to the UK, the National Centre for Circus Arts is regarded as one of the top three circus schools in Europe. The individual studios are available to hire throughout the year, and provide flexible and affordable space for artistic companies and corporate clients alike.

The Creation Studio occupies the core of the Energy Centre, the most recent phase of development on our site. This has been designed specifically with performers in mind. It provides an excellent resource for artists and companies making and rehearsing work. In addition, affordable workspaces are available for lease.

Venue hire

The magnificent Combustion and Generating Chambers, along with numerous smaller studios, are available to hire throughout the year