Stanley Social Café sits in the heart of the Stanley Arts complex. This delightful little meeting place is open for business most days, serving cake, coffee, tea, and a range of delicious meals – both for eat-in and takeaway – including fabulous bakes from local business partners Bonbon Parade. Along with regular customers, local community groups are very welcome to use the Social for informal get-togethers – just let us know you are coming so we make sure we have enough of Amanda’s yummy cakes available.
Outside of the day-to-day business of serving hungry customers, the café is also available for hire for small events, little parties and even filming. The Café seating area can be used in the evenings for everything from small scale comedy gigs to drag show viewing parties. We can provide catering for your events from the Stanley Social Café menu.
The Social is fully licensed to serve alcohol all day, and we have a range of wines, beers and spirits available. The backdoor of the Café seating area leads out onto our outdoor decking which is a lovely sun-trap in summer and sheltered with marquees and heaters in the winter.
Stanley Arts aims to be one of South London’s premiere arts and performance centre. We offer a platform for the brightest and best of South London’s artistic community; giving local creatives the opportunity to reach out to audiences from across the city and beyond.
We are a radically inclusive space that welcomes all audiences; and one that is particularly welcoming to communities that have previously been excluded from creative spaces. This means that we will seek to foreground the stories and work of both artists of colour and queer and LGBTQ+ communities.
With the inherent challenges of a Grade 2 listed building, we do not currently have full access to all our spaces for all disabled communities but, as we seek funding for capital improvements, expanding access across the site is at the forefront of our future development plans.
We seek to give emerging artists across all art forms, and the creative technologies of the future, the opportunity to grow through innovation, collaboration and participation.
Stanley Arts is a Grade II listed Edwardian arts venue at Norwood Junction. A fascinating complex of unique Edwardian buildings built in 1904-11, the Halls comprise an art gallery, theatre hall and assembly rooms. The building was donated and designed for his local community by William Ford Robinson Stanley (1829-1909); a prominent local inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.
Stanley Arts is now run by SPI, a charity established by the local community to re-open, manage, improve and restore Stanley Halls. William Stanley’s vision for the halls was centred around the promotion of: “Justice, Liberty and Science”. SPI aim is to encourage the community to use, improve, preserve and love Stanley Arts now and for future generations.
See the Living Heritage section for more on the history and plans of Stanley Arts at Norwood Junction, in the heart of South Norwood.