Union Chapel

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Union Chapel
Canonbury

The devil might have all the best tunes, but the Union Chapel is proof that him downstairs knows nothing about architecture.

The Grade I-listed gothic masterpiece, completed in 1877, is still used as a working church and help centre for London's homeless. Noble purposes, to be sure, but equally uplifting is the effect the environment has on performances – and performers. Put simply, bands raise their game when they're playing the Union Chapel – it'd be sacrilege not to – and the spellbinding surroundings and acoustics mean it still beats the crap out of the most modern, purpose-built venue the twenty-first century has to offer.

While itmade its name hosting acoustic nights and occasional jazz shows, the Union Chapel has since become a magnet for the thinking bands and their fans, particularly as part of the rightly lauded Little Noise Sessions for Mencap.

Venue name: Union Chapel
Contact:
Address: Compton Terrace
London
N1 2UN
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
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  • Talks and lectures Wednesday September 9 2015
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  • Performances Thursday September 10 2015
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  • Stand-up Saturday September 12 2015
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  • Rock and indie Thursday October 1 2015
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  • Folk, country and blues Monday October 12 2015
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  • Pop Tuesday October 27 2015
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  • Jazz Thursday October 29 2015
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  • Film events Friday October 30 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015
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  • Monday November 2 2015
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Ashleigh A
moderatorStaff Writer

I can't even count the number of wonderful events I've been to at the Union Chapel. It is, of course, incredibly beautiful, but it also benefits from excellent programming and staff who truly care. There are often excellent free performances on Saturday daytimes (look for Daylight Music on Facebook) and the excellent food they serve in intervals is produced by Margins, a charity which helps people who used to be homeless to learn new skills and find their way into employment. The only downside is that you have to sit on pews, which must be the least ergonomic furniture ever to be produced.

sahktibhakti

My favourite venue..its beautiful…Saw goldfraap here first. I love the carols by candlelight free christmas event the best….arrive well in time as they closed the doors on the late comers last year…. Lovely surroundings to see your fav artist in.

Dale

The most beautiful venue in London and where I've seen the most memorable gigs. Magic place.