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Islington music venues

Discover the best places to catch a great gig in Islington and Angel


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. Meanwhile, the O2 AcademyScala and Big Chill House cater for, well, just about everyone else.

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O2 Academy Islington

Music Music venues Angel

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.


Music Music venues King’s Cross

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.


Big Chill House

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars King’s Cross

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

The Lexington

Music Music venues Pentonville Road

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'.


Old Queen's Head

3 out of 5 stars
Nightlife Angel

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

Union Chapel

Music Music venues Islington

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

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