COVID-19 Reopening FAQs

As part of a planned reopening programme, we are taking small steps to reopen the building safely. 

We have imposed strict capacities in each studio and across the building as a whole, and divided the studios into separate and bookable ‘zones’ with a one-way system for circulation areas.  We have drawn up Covid-19 policies on cleaning, first aid and evacuation alongside detailed guidance on how to use the building within the social distancing rules and ‘how to make your commute safer’ guides.  All access to the building must be arranged and booked in advance, via

Our Risk Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment of this limited reopening are available to read via the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Place open?  

The Place is partially open. Our studios are operating at a reduced capacity in line with social distancing guidelines. The theatre, bar and cafe remain (mostly) closed for now and most of the staff team are still working from home to ensure smooth running of all activity focusing on the start of term for London Contemporary Dance School.  We do have two live socially distanced shows on Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 October, part of Splayed Festival 2020 , arrangement for which are compliant with all governement guidelines - including the new Tier 2 Covid measures which will be enforced from Saturday 17 October at midnight. Click here to find out more about our live events measures. 

Can I attend classes?  

Yes – but not in person at the moment.  Social distancing guidelines mean that we cannot safely deliver our usual classes programme live. You can still take classes online by enrolling or dropping in our 11-week autumn term which will feature 12 classes per week. More details are available here.  

Plus, we have our Introduction series' which gives you access to six-sessions that introduce you to the fundamental principles of Ballet or Contemporary Dance. Click here to find out more.


Can I see performances?  

Yes you can but it won’t be our ‘regular’ programme. We have some really exciting news to share with you regarding this. Instead of our regular programme, while we cannot fully reopen, we are planning a series of Festival weekends, which will mix online activity with some small-scale live performances – details are available here. You can sign up to our mailing list to be notified of our innovative offers here or follow us on our social channels to keep in the loop.     

For more information about Reopening Measures For Live Events please click here


Can I hire the building?  

Yes, if your activity can be delivered safely within our social distancing guidelines and Covid-19 safety measures then we’d love to see you in our studios or theatre!  Contact our Visitor Services Manager Eleanor Farrow to discuss your plans. 


Can I book studios?  

Yes, we have started taking some studio bookings for activities that can be safely delivered within our social distancing guidelines and Covid-19 safety measures.  Contact our Visitor Services Manager Eleanor Farrow to discuss your plans. 


Is your bar / café open? Can I use the building to have meetings? 

No, unfortunately the bar or café are still closed while social distancing regulations remain in place.  So we cannot let colleagues use these spaces or the rest of the building for socialising or meetings. 


What is happening in the building in general 

We are continuing to review and progress our health and safety plans to make sure we can reopen fully when appropriate. Also, as you probably know, The Place is home of London Contemporary Dance School, so we have been working really hard to make sure we can welcome students back safely from 14 September so they can continue their dance studies.  


What measures have you implemented to ensure the health and safety of visitors?  

We have put in place a comprehensive set of safety measures, including: 

  • a pre-entry questionnaire 

  • one-way system  

  • significantly reduced capacity in studios and offices to ensure social distancing can be maintained.   

All visitors receive detailed information about our Covid-19 systems in advance of their booking and an induction on arrival. 

For any other questions, contact us via our social media channels or email Eleanor Farrow, Visitor Service Manager.  



Covid-19 Reopening Measures For Live Events

We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to The Place!