Islington Assembly Hall

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5 out of 5 stars
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Venue name: Islington Assembly Hall
Address: Upper St
N1 2UD
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
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Islington Assembly Hall feels very much like a cross between a totally hollowed out old soho theatre and the old catholic club where you were forced to perform in the annual pantomime as a kid - in the absolute best way though.

I recently saw Air Traffic play live here for their 10 year album anniversary and it felt like all the right kinds of low-key, humble, and pared-back as a setting to celebrate their roots as a band. Two short bars manned by friendly faces are situated at either side of the crowd and you'll never wait longer than 2 minutes to have your order taken. I can't believe I've been a gigging Londoner for over 25 years now and not experienced the Assembly Hall before now!


I went to see Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) here - what an impressive venue! Unfortunately, there weren't a lot of people in attendance, but in a way that highlighted the sort of ethereal quality of the show. Built in 1929 and opened in 1930, it's an art deco theatre with beautiful detailed bits and a tiered balcony. Really easy to get to as well - just a short ten-minute or so walk from Highbury & Islington on the Victoria line.