The Mango Lab

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We are passionate about your learning experience. Seriously. We want you to have the best, money can buy. It's why we keep the class sizes small, with no more than six. It's why we select our tutors who not only have heaps of practical experience but sparkle with enthusiasm. It is why when you arrive we’ll offer up a freshly brewed cuppa with a smile.

Since 2009 when we opened our doors, we know we are offering something special. Not just an education, but a philosophy. A chance to change the direction of learning and the service of teaching.

We continue to strive for this, building our strength in the market place one student at a time. This is learning - as it should be.


Subject strengths

The Mango Lab strives to bring a balance between the theoretical and the practical. We believe in quality and active learning. A fresh, energetic, engaging energy from our tutors and space brings your subject alive and makes for enjoyable learning.

Student life

We are different from many Adult Education facilities in that we offer events and activities, as well as courses, to keep our alumni creatively engaged. From gallery field trips to portfolio nights, weekend creative briefs to an online community - we are always looking at ways to bring together creatives and strive to get your work seen.

Our links with major charities and other organisations, where our "graduates" can be assigned to projects, from being given backstage passes to cover live concerts to documenting sporting events, all offer Mango Lab students a springboard into professional photography or simply an ongoing exciting path to further develop their skills.

Have a look and click "like" if you like our Facebook page and to see what we are all up to.

On our blog we exhibit what people have been doing, too.


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Our multi-purpose space serves as a gallery space for exhibition evenings, a classroom, as well as a studio for portraits and still life shoots. We offer studio lighting in an off-site location that can facilitate both larger groups and equipment.

We have a courtyard for enjoyable evenings in the summer and a breakaway zone for those cold nights or rainy days.

Street parking is available with a charge of £2.20 per hour between 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Bikes can be locked inside the courtyard bike rack.

Within walking distance are some good bakeries, sandwich bars, fish and chips shops cafes and three gastro-pubs. There is a small kitchen with microwave, toaster and fridge in our facility too.

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Main studio address:

The Mango Lab
Studios 9 & 10
Kite Studios
2b Bassein Park Road
W12 9RY

Nearest tube: Stamford Brook (District line), then walk or take bus 237 towards White City Bus Station. Alight at Askew Road/Goldhawk Road.

Alternative tubes: Ravenscourt Park (Piccadilly/District line), Goldhawk Road (Hammersmith & City line), Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) then take bus 207, alight at Uxbridge Road/Wormholt Road and walk down Askew Road.

Just in case, here’s the Transport for London link. You never know what engineering works you might find in London...

By Bus:

Bus 207 from Shepherd’s Bush, Shepherd’s Bush Market or White City bus station, alight at Uxbridge Rd/Wormholt Rd. and walk down Askew Road. Bassein Park Road is on the right, just past our favourite fruit shop.

CENTRAL LONDON: some of our workshops run in central London and are advertised accordingly on The Mango Lab website. As locations vary we update these on an ongoing basis, so have a look at our website or ring us on 020 3002 4991.

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How to enrol

To enrol call us on 0203 002 4991

Please leave us a message if we are out or busy teaching, and we will call you back as soon as we can!

We now take Visa and MasterCard credit and debit card payments over the phone or you can pay via bank transfer if you prefer.

Our reception is open approx. 10am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday, so please leave a message if you ring outside these times (or if we are all busy holding workshops!) and we will call you as soon as we can.

Let us know which course you would like to book for or are interested in and we will reply to you promptly.

And why not visit our website too? We look forward to meeting you!

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Open days

We have a number of different formats for Open Days.

Twice a year we have a Studio Sale, one in summer and one just before Christmas, for which we prepare a special exhibition of clients'/students' work, which is for sale and is in aid of charity. The studios become a buzzing hive of activity and it is a great celebration of the excellent photographic and other creative accomplishments and social contacts people have made with us at The Mango Lab throughout the year.

Our Saturday Club exhibitions are also open to all - everyone is welcome.

Details and dates for these are posted on our website and on our Facebook page, as and when they occur. Again, the social aspect is a big part and we all love meeting and greeting, discussing projects over cheese and wine, and brainstorming for the next inspiring brief.

And if you simply want to drop in and see what we are about, give us a ring (020 3002 4991) to make sure we’re available and then come on by!


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Student story

Jacqui had worked in branding and communications as a creative director for Government departments and big companies such as Shell, but wanted to get back to her creative roots. She had always enjoyed photography, felt she had a creative eye but was held back by her lack of technical knowledge. She found The Mango Lab and took the Beginners and Intermediate Digital Photography evening classes.

“The courses were just what I was looking for – a combination of the practical and the inspirational. The small class size meant we all had time to ask questions and Julia explained things calmly and gave us the opportunity to try out what we had learnt. I gained a lot of technical know-how and was pushed creatively, encouraged to try new techniques and think in the abstract (not easy for a designer). I have subsequently had my first couple of photography commissions and am working on a series of creative images with an art dealer. The Mango Lab course has triggered a complete change of direction for me and I’m loving it.”

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Contact details

Do call us on 0203 002 4991 with any enquiries or to enrol.

Our reception is open from 10am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday, so please leave a message if you ring outside these times - or if we are all busy holding workshops! - and we will call you as soon as we can.

Visit our website
Visit us at Facebook
and on our Blog.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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