About Us

The London School of Samba have been helping people experience Brazilian Carnival Arts since 1984. We provide dance, drumming, costume making and much more. We provide weekly dance and drumming classes as well as many other types of workshops. Each year we participate in the Notting Hill Carnival as well as other smaller parades. We also perform at live shows and gigs. We are linked to Brazil through our godmother school Mocidade, who won the 2017 Rio De Janeiro Carnival. We have been featured in many magazines, papers and TV shows. Our latest show was our appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Our Mission

To entertain, educate, and engage the public in traditional Brazilian carnival arts, for cultural, social and educational benefit.

We offer high quality, fun and open access training and workshops in:

  • Dance
  • Percussion
  • Costume design and making
  • Carnival parade
  • History of traditional Brazilian carnival arts

As well as opportunities for artistic and personal development to:

  • Facilitate personal artistic development
  • Facilitate artistic development in order to perform at LSS events
  • Provide the opportunity to perform and participate at the world renown Notting Hill Carnival
  • Provide the opportunity to volunteer and to learn about and contribute to the running of the school

And entertainment for:

  • Carnivals and festivals
  • Nightclubs
  • Community and charity events
  • Schools and educational centers

Our charitable objects

The London School of Samba is committed to advancing education for public benefit through the promotion of the arts – with particular but not exclusive reference to Samba music, dance, costume making and the culture and tradition of Afro-Brazilian Carnival.

Click on the links below to download copies of our policies and key documents:

Respectful Behaviour Policy Document

Health & Safety Policy

1990 Memorandum of Association

Constitution and Articles of Association

Organisational Map – 2015


The Performance Bateria are the group of drummers who are chosen (by invite only) to perform at most of live audience events our organisation encounters as the London School of Samba (LSS).

This group is an invite only group. At the LSS we generally look towards recruiting from developing guests and members attending our open workshops on Sundays at Waterloo Action Centre (WAC) or people we've encountered elsewhere in the world playing samba and have relocated to London. But if you are new to the LSS but have some previous samba experience you'd like to join the gigging bateria, simply come and meet us at WAC on a Sunday and either let a bateria director or the mestre de bateria know you're interested and we'll have a look at your skills there and your community spirit and let you know when we reach a decision.

Either before or after you see us at WAC, email us you intention at lssbateria@gmail.com

In the performance bateria known as the 'gigging bateria' you will be expected to learn more about swing, groove,bossas (breaks) and their relation to various LSS acoustic sets, to learn sambas from the school of past and present as well as some chosen samba from schools from Brazil (in Portuguese) and choreography to aid the performance (something we pride ourselves on). In addition to this we encourage you to increase you general samba knowledge, keep up to date with current samba news and learn about samba's history (although that will be taught school wide) and learn portuguese (even if it's only a little bit).

If you're not initially selected it generally because we feel you have to work on technique, memory or something else there are still opportunities to perform with the samba school in front of a live audience. We hold 3 or 4 performances a year where we invite any member of the samba school to join us for these public performances at events such as the 'London Marathon' or the 'Vitality 10k' and is a great way to bring everyone in the school and other samba friends together. The aim is for each individual to be able to handle the pace of gigging bateria rehearsals and not feel overwhelmed or muddy the collective sound of the bateria. 

From no samba experience to fully fledged gigging bateria percussionist may take time, it may not, so a 'no' from entry to the group from us is not personal or a complete rejection, it's simply stating that for some reason at this time either from us, yourself or circumstances like covid numbers, that it's just not possible at this moment in time.

But don't give up, keep trying. You'll still get to play at school wide gigs and we'll eagerly await the time when the circumstances are right to welcome you in our gigging crew.