the roundhouse is a grade II listed former railway engine shed in chalk farm, london, england, which has been converted into a performing arts and concert venue. it was originally built in 1847 as a roundhouse (from which the venue takes its name), a circular building containing a railway turntable, but was only used for railway purposes for about a decade. after being used as a warehouse for a number of years, the building fell into disuse just before the second world war. it re-opened twenty-five years later, as a performing arts venue.
during the 60's and 70's the building became an important venue for uk underground music events, bands who played at the roundhouse during this period included: the rolling stones, jeff beck, david bowie, jimi hendrix, pink floyd, led zeppelin, incredible string band, the doors with jefferson airplane, the clash.
the roundhouse is situated on chalk farm road to the north of camden town, in close proximity to camden market.