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Union Chapel
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Compton Ave London N1 2XD United Kingdom
Compton AveGBGreater LondonLondonN1 2XD
+44 20 7226
Church, Live Music VenueToday Closed
Monday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmThursday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmFriday 9:30 am – 6:00 pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed
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Gothic style, 19th-century congregational church, homeless drop-in centre and live music venue.- Google
People talk about victorian gothic, working church, solo show, soundtracks and pews
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Andrew Griffin
reviewed 6 months ago
One of the best venues in London, I think. It obviously requires a certain sort of music, but if that's on then it's well worth a go. Tends to be decently priced, lots of space, and a great atmosphere. And you sit in pews and can order tea.
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Jonathan Seyghal
reviewed 6 months ago
What a venue, WHAT a venue! This place is a former house of worship and has maintained it's aura of mystery and grandiose designs. I was here not for a music concert, but for a comedy night by Adam Buxton, though it did contain a fair share of music. I can only imagine how a concert in this venue, especially from atmospheric groups such as Arcade Fire/Sigur Ros could reach ethereal highs not experienced in more traditional venues. Located close to Highbury & Islington tube it's pretty easy to reach and there are plenty of local services to use before and after any shows. The venue is surprisingly large and simply reeks personality and history. You can tell it was a church from the pews being hard and wooden, to imagine sitting through a long boring service makes one tremble, but a concert one has chosen to attend is a different matter! The last word on this wonderful venue, even if the show is underwhelming, one can simply look around and gaze, gaze in wonder and such a unique, wonderful venue.
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Adam Jacob
reviewed a year ago
An amazing and iconic venue. Never been to a music gig here but I have gone to a couple of comedy nights and they were fantastic. The atmosphere is unparalleled, and the building itself is beautiful. Annoyingly, alcohol isn't allowed in the main space, so intervals are spent frantically downing pints in the annex: for some reason drinking booze in the chapel is seen as sacrilegious but telling jokes about Christianity isn't? Or maybe it's a licensing issue... beats me. Apart from this, highly recommended.
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Tom Harding
reviewed 11 months ago
The missus and myself decided to visit London this week from the North West and there was a gig being played here. One of my favourite artists, Andrew McMahon was playing a solo show - just him and his piano. I've never been to a church or chapel solely for live music. I was not disappointed in the slightest. We were sat on the second floor and we got a wonderful view of the stage and the sound rivaled every venue I've ever visited. As it got darker (the gig was in late May), it was like the music swallowed all daylight around the chapel, leaving the performer to emit his own light. All in all an unforgettable and magical experience. Much like church-goers, a sense of peace stirred amongst the onlookers as we all shared the same emotions.
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Fleur Clarke
reviewed 6 months ago
This is my favourite venue in London. Partly because I'm grouchy and like a more relaxed atmosphere where I can sit down, drink tea etc. but mainly because of the stunning architecture. It's a great setting, and when you get to see a band whose sound really fits with it, it's a really special experience.
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Mariana Felix
reviewed 5 months ago
One of the best venues in London. Great for comedy or a gig. The bar is also amazing.


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