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Union Chapel

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Islington has the alternative side of things covered with music venues like the Lexington showcasing the next big things in indie, and a thriving acoustic scene. While big three the O2 Academy, Scala and Big Chill House cater for, well, just about everyone else.

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O2 Academy Islington

Located in a mall, the 800-capacity Islington Academy was never going to be London's most atmospheric venue. Still, the gigs are decent – fast-rising indie bands and cultured singer-songwriters.

  1. N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
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Opened as a cinema shortly after World War I, the Scala was used briefly to show adult films in the '70s before becoming a live music venue where Iggy Pop and Hawkwind both strutted their stuff.

  1. 275-277 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL
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Big Chill House

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Housed in a large, difficult building, the King’s Cross branch is best to head here when there are DJs, generally Thursdays to Sundays.

  1. 257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL
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The Lexington

If you're after a mixture of underground sounds and a lounge space where you can actually hear what your mates are saying, you can't do much better than 'The Lex'.

  1. 96-98, Pentonville Road, N1 9JB
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Old Queen's Head

  • Rated as: 3/5

The latest addition to Essex Road's burgeoning bar scene was a popular, flamboyantly historic, big corner pub that was ripe for a revamp.

  1. 44 Essex Rd, N1 8LN
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Union Chapel

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

  1. Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
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