Dalston is home to some of London’s most eccentric event spaces, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this church! The Holy Trinity Church opens its doors once a month, when it becomes a clown museum.
The history behind the space dates back to 1947, when Clowns International moved to Holy Trinity from their previous home at Petonville, when the original Grimaldi church was deconsecrated.
Holy Trinity Church hosts the only museum in the country dedicated to the art, and behind the blue wooden door off Cumberland Close the emporium boasts oversized shoes, painted eggs, clown thimbles, one-wheeled bikes, old show posters, costumes called “motley” and props like a water-squirting trolley with a spinning umbrella.
The “coup” of the whole collection is the costume of Coco – a Russian-born clown whose son became the original Ronald MacDonald in America.
The Clown Gallery opens on the first Friday of each month.