BAC is the BT of the arts world: like the giant corporation that didn't want people to know it sold telephones, the Battersea Arts Centre doesn't want people to know what or where it is.

Actually, it's not just a place with questionable fringe comedy and plays transferred from the Edinburgh Fringe; it's also quite a nice place, a short walk east of Clapham Junction, to meet if you're scared to talk to people south of the river.

Its echoy lobby and civic staircase lead to a smoking bar and a non-smoking bar.

How thoughtful to provide a place where beleaguered smokers can get away from the awful sound of whining.

BAC, 176 Lavender Hill SW11 (071-223 2223).

Tomorrow: The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping E1.

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