King's Head

London is the home of the pub theatre but even the best of them can be uncomfortable lodgers above inhospitable boozers. Happily, the King's Head has history both as a pub and a theatre: it's mentioned, in a previous incarnation, by Samuel Pepys. And it started pub-theatre in 1970, when it became the first tavern with a stage since, it claims, the time of the Bard. Current artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has made it the capital's only pub opera venue. It's not London's finest tavern, but it is a haven of green panelling, comfy seats, open fires and no-frills boozing in an increasingly pretentious Upper Street.
Venue name: King's Head
Address: 115 Upper St
N1 1QN
Opening hours: Open 11-1am Mon-Thur; 11-2am Fri; noon-2am Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel tube Highbury and Islington Overground
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