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.
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Great venue, good acoustics, good selection of music and other events, nice bar and restaurant and important support provided to homeless and vulnerable people
Absolutely LOVE this venue, seen so many amazing things here including Stewart Lee and despite losing feeling in your bum on those pews up the back of the venue, the intimacy of this place makes any event in there feel really special. Plus they don't make a bad veggie curry in the bar. Surprised!
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.