Learn Samba Drumming (Bateria)

Join the world of samba drumming with us in London School of Samba.  The Bateria is made up of a range of percussion instruments, this means there is a place for everyone and it offers a great variety when playing.. The core instruments are:

  • Surdo – (the bass drums)
  • Caixa – (the snare drums)
  • Repenique – (a high pitched drum)
  • Chocalho – (a shaker made of jingles)
  • Agogo Bells – (bells of different pitch)
  • Tambourim – (a small handheld drum)

We offer opportunities for people who have never played an instrument to learn and become part of our group. We also find that experienced drummers and musicians really enjoy the atmosphere of our Bateria as you get all the benefits of being in a band without the responsibility of being the sole drummer. The social atmosphere within the Bateria is legendary and it is why our members stay for so long.  There are three types of drumming classes –

Bateria Class – This mixed ability group is the perfect place to pick up an instrument for the first time, try your hand in a new role and get to meet the rest of the Bateria group. It is held after the dance classes on a Sunday night and has a nice  mixture of newer members and experienced veterans. Within the class we try different breaks, routines and have some fun. 

Sectionals – These specialist workshops focus on a particular instrument or musical pattern to help you develop your skills within the Bateria. These are great opportunities to try your hand at a new instrument or make a big jump in your performance level if already familiar with the role.

Quadra night – The last Sunday of the month is a special event where we come together with the dance class to recreate the famous Brazilian samba school Quadra nights. It is an amazing atmosphere to play music with so many high energy dancers. It is as close to Brazil as you can get without leaving London.

What to Bring? – Nothing, we supply the drums!! If you have your own ear plugs then please bring along though they may be purchased for a nominal fee.  

What time?
7:45pm – 9.15pm – Bateria (All Levels) 

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Quadra night (Last Sunday of month)
6.00pm – 7:45pm –  Sectional (Please see timetable for sectionals)

Waterloo Action Centre (WAC),
14 Baylis Road,
SE1 7AA.
Click HERE for a map.

Have You Ever Danced?

Before your drumming class (except Quadra nights) we also hold beginners to advanced dance classes. You do not need experience of dancing to join in and it can be as invigorating as drumming. The cost is included in the price of admission for the drum classes

Non Members – £9
Annual Members – £7
Monthly Standing Order – FREE (Less than £4/Class – Join>>> )

*Concessions (Under 16 / OAP’s) – £4     (Under 16’s Must be accompanied by an adult)

See below for the latest timetable – 

DateClass 1 - Beginners -
(6pm Downstairs)
Class 2 - Intermediate
(6pm Upstairs)
Bateria (Drumming)
(7,45pm - Downstairs)
Extra Classes
07/01/18DouglasLeandro (Malandro)Fredn/a
28/01/18 - QuadraOrquidea34th Birthday Party!Fred (6pm start)Pagode - (8pm - Duke of Wellington Pub)
25/2/18 - QuadraTBCN/aTBC (6pm Start)Pagode - (8pm - Duke of Wellington Pub)


Learn Brazilian Samba whether just for fun, parading in carnivals or performing in shows


Play the drums just for fun at our classes or parade with us in carnivals and at gigs.


We make all of our costumes. Design and create as part of our team whatever your experience level.


Join us to parade at the Notting Hill Carnival and other celebrations.

London School of Samba offer dance and drumming classes for complete beginners to performer level. We parade every year at the Notting Hill Carnival which is open to all abilities. Our performance group travel the UK and abroad to do shows and are available to hire for private functions>>. 

All our costumes are made by hand and you can learn the techniques used at one of our costume making workshops. You can also hire one of these spectacular outfits for an event. There are also regular Make-Up workshops to learn how to prepare the performers for shows and carnivals. 

We are a friendly charity whose mission is to allow people to experience the feel and emotion of Brazilian arts through samba dancing, samba drumming and carnival preparations. Everyone is welcome at the school and there is a place for everyone.