Centro Iberico

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Centro Iberico was a squatted school in Notting Hill, London, that became a self-managed social centre, a live venue and a studio in the 1980s.


Centro Iberico, also known as the Anarchy or Alternative ‘A’ Centre,[1] at 421 Harrow Road alongside the canal, was a school occupied by Spanish anarchists, including Miguel García García, who had previously met in a parish church hall in Holborn.[2] It was occupied in 1982.[3]


The centre put on anarcho-punk gigs by the Mob, Conflict, Poison Girls and the Subhumans.[4] Throbbing Gristle played and recorded at the centre.[5] Future Madonna producer William Orbit began his recording career and Guerilla Records whilst living there.[6]

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  1. ^ "Notting Hill History Timeline - 16 - Notting Hill Babylon (Early 1980s)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  2. ^ Meltzer, Albert (1996). I couldn't paint golden angels: Sixty years of commonplace life and anarchist agitation. AK Press. ISBN 9781873176931. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  3. ^ Chatterton, P; Hodkinson, S (2006). "Autonomy in the city". City. 10 (3). doi:10.1080/13604810600982222.
  4. ^ "Counter Culture Portobello Psychogeographical History - Tom Vague". Archived from the original on 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  5. ^ "Centro Iberico, London, England, 21 January 1979". Brainwashed. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ Staff. "Shine on: William Orbit". Cold War Nightlife. Archived from the original on 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.

Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°12′18″W / 51.5259°N 0.2051°W / 51.5259; -0.2051