China Exchange was created by Sir David Tang who has the vision for a dynamic centre promoting
excellence in Chinatown. Housed in the former BT Telephone Exchange and following an extensive
renovation China Exchange serves as a home for ideas, discussion, and creative expression that
stimulate greater understanding of and curiosity about China’s impact on the world.
China Exchange was opened formally by Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall on 19 February 2015 – celebrating Chinese New Year and the start of the year
of the goat. HE Mr Liu Xiaoming, China’s Ambassador to the UK was in attendance.
Our “60 Minutes with…” Prudential series features accomplished – often very well-known – guests selected by Sir David as speakers on the basis of their extraordinary lives and achievements. With a low ticket price, the events make excellence accessible in London and online and serve to attract people who may not otherwise visit London’s Chinatown or attend a China-related event.
The China Exchange programme also includes:
The Cultivate Programme – our open submission venue partnership available to creative projects and artists that need space to rehearse, meet and create. Each participant welcomed as a member can book up to 24 hours of space during office hours. In exchange, their creative work is presented as part of our programme.
The Curiosity Collective – making our activities available to London-based young people under 22 who belong to groups that support disadvantaged communities. The Collective focuses on harnessing curiosity through the range of themes and ideas presented at China Exchange.
Music at China Exchange – with partners including the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, we present live music from a range of genres.
Exhibitions and Pop-up Culture – Chinatown is an ideal location for free exhibitions securing good footfall traffic from Gerrard Street and providing an additional layer of entertainment to the neighbourhood’s eateries and shops.
China Exchange is a UK registered charity (registered charity number 1160354).
The beautiful building is also available as a venue for hire offering large dry hire spaces in central London.