The Dead Dolls House Islington
Time Out says
The Dead Dolls House has moved from its supposedly temporary Hoxton base (which actually lasted 18 months) to this sprawling, three-storey site, formerly House of Wolf. Expect the same mix of live jazz, resident DJs, seasonal menus and Sunday roasts.
181 Upper St
|Transport:||Tube: Highbury & Islington|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu-Sat 11am-4am; Sun 11am-midnight|
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Users say (47)
Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:19
- 4 star:14
- 3 star:8
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:3
I booked the bottomless food and drink at Dead Dolls House on the timeout offer for £25 each for myself and a friend as it seemed like a really good deal.
Upon arrival the first thing we noticed was the intense smell of disinfectant.. of course once sat there for a while you notice it less and less but it's VERY offputting.
We were seated and given some water then after a long wait got to order some drinks. After another long wait we ordered our 3 little plates each and sat back to chat, after an incredibly long time, we finally received our dishes with apologies as there was a baby shower party upstairs and that meant everything was running very slow. They did actually say we could extend our time, we had to as everything we ordered took such a long time. Quite frankly though, it's not our concern if there is a baby shower, hen night or party for 80, there should be enough staff to take care of the food and diners in the venue.
We were absolutely starving by the time we saw food and the food was ok, I would say careless, again, perhaps due to the big party and lack of staff.
In theory £25 for what we got was a good deal, however with the slow service and mediocre food, I wouldn't advise going to be honest. Islington is littered with better every few steps.
REally interesting range of food options, the menu is very large! The food is very good and the staff were incredibly welcoming. Really interesting decor.
The menu is fantastic, a wide range of dishes for any appetite or requirement. The food was delicious and generous. The staff were very attentive. I will be coming back again!
Flawwless from start to finish. Booked in an area with the events team in the main bar, was told exactly what to expect, was incredibly helped by staff on the night. 10/10
Had a party here in the Ballroom and it went perfectly. Emily, Nadine and Emma were so helpful in preparing the event and making sure everything ran smoothly, and the staff on the day (whos names I have forgotten - blame the drinks!) were just as great. Will absolutely be returning for both casual drinks and private events.
Started as a brunch but ended up here till late on a Saturday night - they have a DJ and fantastic drinks! Definitely didn't mean to stay for hours but when it's this good....
Came on a Wednesday night. It was busy but the staff were still good. Great range of food options and really good happy hour. Will be recommending.
Booked here for a birthday brunch and these guys when above and beyond to make sure I had a great day. The food was fantastic, bottomless drinks flowing freely and all the staff were so welcoming. Sorry again for how drunk my friends got!! 🤦🏻♀️ Will be back soon
My favourite brunch spot! I've been a couple of times and the food is always fantastic, fast and wonderfully presented. Can't recommend it enough
Loved the decoration and friendliness of the staff.
Food was great - Dead Dolls fry up and Avocado Toast with bottomless Mimosas or Bloody Marys - what more do you need??!
I find the bottomless brunch deals across London to be much of a muchness, eggs on toast the standard. But if you do chose to head to Dead Dolls House do get the Buttermilk Chicken Waffles!! I decided to go with something a little different from the standard and they didn't disappoint!! One thing I would say, is the establishment also switches to a bar at night, I have a strong sense of smell anyway, but it did small a little of cleaning products on the floors, no doubt to get the sticky spilt booze off the floor from the night before.
Booked a bottomless brunch, where you could choose from mimosas or bloody marys (were able to switch whenever you wanted) The mimosas were quite sweet, but the service was fast. You were able to choose one main item which they had a great large selection. Food portions were great, very packed atmosphere.
Disgusting experience, poorly managed, treated voucher holders like sub-humans!
Terrible. awful/rude service, no one understood how our Brunch was meant to work, took 30 minutes for staff to seat us despite pre-booking, made existing customers move from an unreserved table to make way for us, then took an hour before we even got a (watered down) drink. Food was good (tepid), but the entire restaurant stank like an abused toilet bowl, not particularly appetizing.
Then 30 minutes before our 2-hour brunch was up they told us the bar was closed and we couldn’t have anything more.
Timeout online menu wasn't what was actually on offer. Waiter waved in my friends face and exclaimed 'Hello!?' when she had to re-order because of menu changes.
SO disappointing, was meant to be a nice group day out trying a new venue.There's a much better place in Brixton - think we'll stick to there from now on.
- To top it off Timeout won't refund us for this horrific, shameful experience we had but have instead invited us back! I strongly think not!
booked time out brunch vouchers and went there with a group of friends. it was really busy which made the service a bit slow but that didnt stop us from having a good time.
First time i was in London and visited this this place with Time Out Voucher and service was quite good and food was very delicious after long Europe Trip! Highly recommended for travellers affordable and tasty!
Bought a couple of Time Out vouchers and had brunch here on a Saturday without reservation. They sat us outside because they were fully booked but moved us inside as soon as there was a free table. The service was great and the waiters were all very helpful. I ordered chicken and waffles and I gave the meal 5/5 and my friend ordered the bacon pancake and gave it 4/5. The staff made sure our bottomless Mimosas were topped up all the time
My friend and I visited Dead Dolls House having bought a Time Out voucher for a meal and a drink. We were a little disappointed to see that the meal deal on at the restaurant was the same as our voucher but we looked forward to trying the food on offer anyway.
To be honest, the whole experience was really poor. One of the meals we received was incorrect but it'd taken so long for the food to arrive that my friend had forgotten what she'd ordered until she was midway through. The staff were so hard to get hold of that she would've struggled to return it anyway.
We must have spoken to a waiter once (when placing the order) and then waited a ridiculously long time to ask for our plates to be taken away and to ask for the bill (though only the service charge to pay). We were thoroughly unimpressed by the time we left and with average food and poor service, it is not a place i'd recommend or return to anytime soon.
I got a voucher for this place for a cocktail and burger. When I got there it felt a lot like a disco by night sticky restaurant by day kind of place, so naturally I dreaded what would come out of those kitchen doors (I know, I sound like such a snob right now).
However, the meal was super tasty and the cocktail was awesome! - I ordered the chicken burger, which was a something to rival KFC themselves (this is great, I LOVE KFC chicken).The chips were nice and fat; crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
The staff were so lovely, and the place itself was pretty nice looking I guess. I’d go back when I’m in the area defiantly.
Had my 30th birthday here and it was awesome. Staff were great and drinks amazing - proper cocktails not the rubbish ones you get a lot of places. Been a few times during the day as well and it's great place to just chill.
Cracking night out, cocktails flowing all night and really good music. It doesn't shut till 4am, very rare thing to find around Islington. Highly recommend coming here for a good night out.
Went down Thursday, really good vibe and 241 cocktails. Cant really argue, love the way its set up. Really good tunes and bar tender was a nice bloke who made a cracking cocktail. Be down again, same time next week
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