King's Head

  • Bars and pubs
Islington
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
Contact:
Address: 115 Upper St
London
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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