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The Fat White Family, The Lexington, press 2016

So you’ve never been to… The Lexington?

Between Angel and King’s Cross sits this bastion of up-and-coming live music

By Kate Solomon

In a nutshell…
It’s a small but perfectly formed gig venue with a handy bar downstairs.

Where is it?
The no man’s land of Pentonville Road, halfway between King’s Cross and Angel stations.

What’s the vibe?
Muso-friendly. Every self-respecting hype band plays The Lexington at some point. There’s definitely something of the ‘shabby chic’ about The Lexington’s wide-open ground floor and the creaky narrow staircase that takes you to the gig venue upstairs. Here, you’ll find all manner of bands on their way up (or down), alongside the odd big name and weekly indie club nights. Chilled DJs keep things ambient on the ground floor.


What makes it a great venue?
The sound upstairs is great and the room is fairly small, so you’ll enjoy a good experience pretty much wherever you stand (unless you end up behind the pillar in the middle of the dancefloor). If height is an issue, the raised area at the back will give you a boost, although it’s also where the bar is so it can be a bit noisy. Arrive early for sold-out gigs or you’ll struggle to get through the door – luckily the big room downstairs is a primo meeting spot.


What’s the booze situation?
The downstairs bar stocks premium bourbons and whiskeys and the best that American microbreweries have to offer, alongside regular pub fare. Upstairs you’ll just find the latter.

Finally, what happens to all the coats left in the cloakroom?
Once it’s clear you’re not coming back for that neon pleather thing, it goes to charity.

Previously: So you’ve never been to… Brixton Academy?

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