Subculture Archives – Alternative activities for kids in London

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Sub London – Exploring London’s subculture history with kids

Today on my travels I stumbled across the Subculture Achieves a new and innovative Gallery at Number 3 Carnaby street. The Gallery itself is presented in two parts an upstairs and a downstairs Gallery.

Drawing you in from the crowds on Carnaby street the upstairs gallery is dedicated to celebrating the many Faces and areas of subculture from punk to party kids. The place has a fun and edgy vibe to it and its energy mixed with the vibrant and eclectic artwork Hanging on the walls has you wanting to quickly add a bit of sparkle, a few safety pins and perhaps a fun hat to your somewhat modest attire. Photos and art pieces from an established crew of artists from Gavin Watson and Winston Smith to Malcolm English as well as new and young artists.  The Gallery contains several pieces that are for sale and even some very cool patches, badges and cards for anyone light in the wallet or luggage space! The gallery regularly hosts book signings, artist talks, day raves and soapbox debates. Oh, and they have a cool £1 photo booth!!

Downstairs there is currently an exhibition called the ‘Resistance’ Its defiantly a much more serious vibe downstairs where there is an extensive collection of protest photos, poster, flyers, and information regarding the many protests and movements that have been part of London’s rich and diverse history.  From woman’s rights to fracking and more recent protests regarding the changes to swatters laws in the UK, the Gallery depicts a very important and real side to British politics and freedom of speech.

Both Galleries are free to the public and the staff are very friendly and enthusiastic to share their views and knowledge.


The Subculture Archives

3 Carnaby Street

London, W1F 9QG



Mon: 10am – 7pm

Tues: 10am – 7pm

Weds: 10am – 7pm

Thurs: 10am – 8pm

Fri: 10am – 7pm

Sat: 10am – 7pm

Sun: 11am – 6pm

All Pictures are taken from the Youth club archive website. to find out more information regards the Youth club archives work and exhibitions please check out

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