From Monty Python to Allah: London’s New Mega Mosque

A new Shia Muslim mega mosque and Islamic center – measuring over 3,500 square meters and with room for 3,000 people — has opened in Golders Green, one of only two largely Jewish areas in London. The Shia Muslim religious center, Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham, owns the mosque.

The mosque is situated in the Hippodrome, a prominent building centrally located in North London. The Hippodrome was built in 1913 as a 3,000-seat music hall and for more than 30 years housed the BBC Concert Orchestra. Two episodes of the first series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus were recorded there in 1969. After the BBC left the building in 2005, a Jewish group wanted to convert the building into a place of worship but was rejected, because the planning applications stipulated that the building should be used for entertainment. In March 2007, it was purchased by an evangelical Christian center. After the church center closed, the Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham center acquired it.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    “That England, which was wont to conquer others,
    Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.” – Shakespeare, “Richard II”

  • canminuteman

    It’s not just a conincidence that this was built where it was. This was like when they wanted to build a mosque at the World Trade Center site.

    • Watchman

      The Dome On The Rock is the most famous example of this gloating supremacy by the muslims in Jerusalem. The Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. Anywhere the muslims conquered they had to build a mosque over any prominent religious building to proclaim the superiority: “Allahu Akbar” translates to ‘Allah is greater [than your god]’.

  • ntt1

    The Iconoclastic Python team has totally succeeded ! All the Icons are thoroughly smashed except for the Crescent

  • Hard Little Machine

    Jews denied permission to build? By the British? Where are my smelling salts?

  • simus1

    The structure and overall street scene is much less impressive on Goggle Maps street view. The nearby public transportation and public washroom facilities will no do doubt be highly valued by the new congregants.

    • Watchman

      Neighbours will be hoping that there will not be praying in the streets five times a day that will stop traffic while the praying is happening. Despite the internal capacity of the venue, I think that it is likely that there will be street partying by the muslims who will claim that there isn’t enough space inside but actually need to dominate the streets used by Jews.

      Regardless, expect the streets to be jammed with double-parked or triple parked cars for people attending the mosque for daily prayers and I fully expect that the traffic wardens will refuse to ticket any of them because the risk of being confronted by an angry mob of men will be too much for them to risk.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Very smart to place Muslims where the Jews are, of curse it’s not intentionally,
    as allways..

  • Dana Garcia

    What a fortress. Do they keep the weapons in the basement?

  • occupant 9

    If the Brits don’t care about their nation … well, I’m not gonna care more.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    That sounds like a set up.