Frequently asked questions
q: Where is the Rivoli Ballroom?
a: Directly opposite Crofton Park overground station in Lewisham. Postcode SE4 2BY.
q: How much is it to get in?
a: £17 + agency booking fee for advance tickets. £20 on the door, cash only no cards.
q: What about parking?
a: There’s no car park but on-street parking is fairly easy to find.
q: Can I book the venue for my wedding/private party?
a: It’s not our venue. For venue enquiries please contact the ballroom direct on 020 8 692 5130.
q: Do you give ballroom dancing lessons?
a: No but each of our nights starts with a short jive class for beginners.
q: What should I wear? Do I need to dress up in 50’s clothes?
a: Period outfits are by no means essential, but please dress smartly, and wear clothes that are comfortable to dance in. It can get hot and gentlemen might consider bringing a change of shirt! Shoes – leather soled shoes are best. We don’t recommend gripping soles e.g. trainers.
q: I am bringing a group of friends – can I reserve a table?
a: The smaller tables cannot be reserved. One or two of the larger tables may be reserved if you have a particularly large group attending. Speak to Graham on 020 8946 2664.
q: How do I get there and back?
a: We recommend the tfl journey planner. Enter the postcode SE4 2BY and your own. A minicab office is nearby, but we suggest booking your return journey on arrival. Or try Uber – sign up now using this referral code – kenr544 – to get up to £10 off your first uber journey.
q: Do I need to book tickets in advance?
a: Tickets can be purchased online at Design My Night We will usually have tickets to sell on the door at the start of the night, but it’s possible they may sell out. Tickets bought in advance will be honoured up to 10pm. If you have purchased a ticket in advance and arrive later than 10pm and can’t get in because the venue is full, we will offer you a refund or you can join the queue. We admit people as others leave. You must turn up in person to claim a refund.
q: Is there a bar?
a: Yes and on busier nights we will try to have 2 bars open.
q: Are children allowed?
a: 21 and over is the rule but we will listen to reason if you contact us in advance. Young children will not be admitted under any circumstances.
q: I can’t dance, does it matter?
a: No it doesn’t. Every evening starts with a Modern Jive class aimed at beginners. Come and join in. You’ll soon get the hang of it.
q: I dance lindyhop/jitterbug/swing. Is Jive Party for me?
a: Definitely, but bear in mind not all the music we play is swing-based. However, the more swing dancing we see going on the more we’ll play.
q: I am a bit of a rock’n’roll purist. Am I going to have a good night or not?
a: You’ll have a great night if you’re fairly easy going about other styles of music too, as we do play a wide variety of music. Favourite track? Ask the DJ.
q: Do you really go on to 1am? Is it still busy later on?
a: Yes we do, and plenty of people stay, which makes our evenings great value for a night out and a live band.
q: What about security?
a: We employ a team of professional licensed door supervisors. Furthermore we operate a staffed cloakroom so you don’t have to leave bags and coats unattended while dancing. However, please don’t bring valuable items along.
q: Can you recommend bands for my private party?
a: We would be glad to do so. Just get in touch.
q: Who built your website?
a: I thought you’d never ask. This site is maintained by Togethernet Web Designers in Teddington.