The Dead Dolls House Islington

Restaurants, British Barnsbury
4 out of 5 stars
(42user reviews)
The Dead Dolls House Islington

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. 

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The Dead Dolls House Islington says
The Dolls House is an impressive three-storey Victorian townhouse, the perfect setting for weddings, birthdays, engagement parties or corporate events. As well as large-scale events, this unique venue with three private rooms can host intimate gatherings of friends or candlelit dinner parties.
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Venue name: The Dead Dolls House Islington
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Address: 181 Upper St
London
N1 1RQ
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu-Sat 11am-4am; Sun 11am-midnight
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:18
  • 4 star:12
  • 3 star:7
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:3
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tastemaker

I've recetly attended to an event at DHH and I loved the atmosphere: the decor is unique, the location is perfect and the prices are affordable. The staff was making sure everything is tidy during the busy period, the room was absolutely cutter free (a small, but importan thing to feel good in an environment). I'll definitely going back!


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

Tastemaker

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??!

tastemaker

Myself and a group of 5 friends went here for some food and drinks before a gig at the Islington Assembly Hall. The Tuesday night happy hour deal sold it to us with prosecco for £10 (note that it is a 500ml carafe of prosecco rather than a bottle!). We were greeted by a very friendly waiter who showed us to our table. As the place got busier, the service became quite slow however all of the staff were very friendly throughout the evening. It is a beautiful space but unfortunately very cold. Not sure I would rush back but the great happy hour deals might change my mind!

tastemaker

This was one of our first bottomless brunch experience so we made the most of the £20 deal and booked a table for five of us. The first thing that hits you in the face as soon as you walk in is the stale beer smell. I know it's a pub, but when you're going for a weekend brunch, it's not a smell you want to be greeted with. We had an option of choosing from either bottomless Mimosa or Bloody Mary. We ordered both and neither of them were strong enough to get us merry. The food was quite average as well, however the service was friendly and attentive. I wouldn't go back for the brunch, however if I was in the area, I'll be happy to pop in for a pint. 

Tastemaker

Possibly a bad one off experience but I booked a table for two for a birthday and was offered a table right by the door and next to the bar. It was a cold night so the cold air kept rushing in, the table was wobbly and the atmosphere was not really right for dining. I was expecting to be on one of the upstairs floors where a dining vibe would be more right. I think they added a table and squeezed us in to make more money! Needless to say we actually left saying it wasn't right, meaning they now have a bad review on here.


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.

tastemaker

Went to a bottomless brunch here a few weeks ago with some friends. The place sounded so cool, I mean dead dolls house.. yes! we arrived just as it opened so it was very quiet and they were getting thing prepared. As it was a bottomless brunch there is a time limit on drinks etc so we thought they would offer us drinks straight away, but unfortunately, it took very long to even get anyone's attention and even when we did there was a lot of uncertainty. eventually, we got out Jug of Mimosas and they kept coming, yay. The food was great, fried chicken and waffles right up my alley! We bought a timeout voucher and for what we got I thought it was really worth it. I'd like to go back to see the nightlife.

tastemaker

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

tastemaker

I came here for brunch with some friends on a Sunday. First thing to point out is with a name like Dead Dolls House I was expecting some pretty crazy goth-type decor inside. It's a wild name that the decor just doesn't live up to unfortunately. It's not like it's badly decorated but it's fairly bland.


We got there just as it opened so there were only two full tables and lots of staff standing around doing not very much. Which is why I can't understand why no one came over to our table to take drinks orders if not food. We had been sat there for about 20 minutes before I had to get up and go and ask someone if we could order drinks. It was a bottomless drinks brunch with a few options for drinks but apparently the whole table had to agree on one option because they were brought over in carafes. So we opted for mimosas which were heavy on the orange juice but at least the service improved from there and they did keep the the carafes coming and fortunately were in no hurry to kick us off the table after our allotted 2 hours were up.


There was a lot of variety of brunch food options which I was impressed with and a fair few veggie options. The menu states that they can't make any changes/substitutions etc to the dishes which I thought was a bit mean but when I asked for my fried chicken and waffles without the bacon they were more than happy to do this so it's always worth asking. The fried chicken was really delicious and succulent and you get two really huge pieces of chicken breast. The waffle was overdone and a little disappointing. The sweet potato fries were very good though and I was absolutely stuffed by the end.

tastemaker

Very disappointed in my visit at the Dolls House. I booked a Timeout voucher for £20 for a bottomless brunch and had very high expectations. My main, pancakes with smoked salmon and a side of avocado, was average and very small, I was still hungry after it and I usually don't eat much. Any additional dish will cost you between £10 and £15 so I didn't take any more. Desserts are not included despite what the Timeout voucher says. Mimosas were not tasty and one of my friends who couldn't drink alcohol asked for just orange juice and the lady told him it would be charged on top, even if he doesn't drink alcohol. Last but not least, service was terrible. We waited more than 45 minutes for our dishes and the side of avocado of my friend actually never arrived. I would not recommend.

Tastemaker

So we booked the time out voucher; bottomless brunch for £20! Sounds too good to be true! This was a place I have been want to try out for a long time. We got there at 3.30pm on a Saturday and the place was rammed, the ladies sitting at the table next to us had asked for their bill three times, before it actually being brought. After about twenty mins, we were acknowledged with the menu, but no one asked what drinks we wanted till we initiated the question. The food took 50 mins to come and was sub standard, the best thing was the sweet potato fries. Overall I was not impressed food and service was poor. I will not be back. Our mimosas finally came and there were black bits in it, so had to be sent back. Our food orders got mixed up, and what we ordered and what came to table was two different things, by this time it was beyond a joke. To top it off, from the bar, a shard of glass hit my partner on the leg and not even an apology. We called the manager over, who was very apologetic and said today had been a particulay bad day and apologised! Top tip Don't go

tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

I visited Dolls Dead House for dinner with a friend and would definatelly recommended either for a firendly or romantic date. Lovely interiors, spacious rooms ground floor and upstairs, nice vibes, friendly staff and really good food in decent prices.

Tastemaker

Found a cracking deal on Timeout for a burger, fries and a cocktail for £10 so grabbed a fellow Tastemaker and jumped at the chance for a cheap London eat! Being a vegetarian I'm limited somewhat to choices on deals like this, and as expected there was only one choice I could go for.  


The veggie burger I had looked amazing when it arrived, but soon after starting to devour it I realised it was very stodgy with a lot of beans and pulses crammed together. Sandwiched inside an already doughy bun, it was a struggle to finish, and I had to leave half of it! Cocktail selection was great though, and at £8 a pop, the deal was fast becoming more of a bargain than first thought.


The place itself is quite grand looking, but feels a little empty, with very few tables in relation to the space. Staff were also a little preoccupied having discussions behind the bar, and we waited a good 15-20 minutes for our plates to be cleared away.

tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

It took me a while to find this place on TO site. It's actually known as Dead Dolls House and there lies the confusion. The venue is quirky and original and I found the staff to be very fun! The food was good, my friend thought maybe a little overpriced, (as brunch often can be) but still well worth a visit for sure!!

tastemaker

Flitting through my emails on a Friday afternoon I came across a great time out offer for bottomless brunch at this place and immediately booked a spot as I was in the area.  They managed to squeeze a table for 2 in last minute and  the offer was for a main, a side and bottomless mimosa's or Mary's for 20 quid!! Pretty good when the bottomless bubbles are usually 15 on their own...

When we arrived I was expecting more of a quirky and kooky feel to the place, more so from the name if nothing else, but it has a very modern feel with fabulous gold tables and a black and white theme.  The staff were very attentive and quickly took our order straight after a big birthday group so that we wouldn't have to wait too long for food.

The smoked salmon pancakes were delicious and two jugs of mimosa's later we were well on our way to tipsy town!


As we had to wait over half an hour for our brunch our waitress notified us that the bar manager would like to give us a round of free cocktails for the wait which was pretty lovely, so 5* for customer service.


I want to check this place out on a Friday or Saturday night so will definitely be back, especially if they have such good offers :)

Tastemaker

Have had a few fun nights out here. Most recently, a friend booked an area for her birthday downstairs. She had a table and chairs reserved for drinks, and these were moved away later in the evening to allow room for dancing. The staff were friendly, the music fun, and the drinks tasty. And the fact that it is open until 4am on weekends is amazing!! I'll definitely be back.

Tastemaker

A group of 8 of us booked a table for NYE - £80 each for 3 course meal, prosecco and 3 floors of music until the early hours. Although quite steep we all has a fabulous evening; the food was good, the music was alright and the venue was cool. The evening was 4* however the service after dinner was really slow and the bar staff were stressed and rude, which let it down a little. The DJ on the ground floor was also a little ropey and as a group of 8 it was quite hard to move between the different floors. I would definitely recommend checking out any of their events though.  

tastemaker

We placed a deposit to secure a table for 10 on a busy Friday night. We arrived for happy hour and filled the table with enough cocktails to last the evening but the over friendly Manager still made sure we were well looked after and we had a great night. This is a hidden gem with fantastic decor and guarantees a fun night and cheerful crowd.


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.

tastemaker

This place is a fantastic spot for drinks and I thoroughly recommend it.  We went here for a friend’s birthday drinks and it was a great choice.  The drinks are fabulous and not too badly priced.  It does get busy, but we weren’t struggling to get served.  Somewhere to consider if you’re planning an event - there is also a private room available for hire.


Delicious food, great cocktails and friendly staff - what more could you ask for.


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. 


Tastemaker

We chose this place for the £15 bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas - the staff were friendly and let us stay a few hours on our bottomless drinks, so good for a Sunday group hangover brunch. Other than that, it was fairly standard -the food options were the standard with a few added extras - eggs benedict, eggs with avocado on toast, potato hash, fry up, vanilla pancakes. As someone who eats gluten free my only comment on the food offer is that it would have been good to have the option of gluten free toast, which would have given more options for food than the potato hash, or a plate of eggs. I went for poached eggs with avocado, which was nice but felt pretty light without sourdough. As a side point and maybe a benefit, I was expecting from the name and reviews that the decor would be somewhat more whimsical, but this is more an exposed brick wall, wooden floor type of place.


 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

Tastemaker

Loved the décor in the upstairs function room, the staff were really friendly albeit very slow at serving. The platters that were ordered were nice, tried the veggie roll and the beef also the canapes were great. Slightly overdone with the herbs and the ham hock terrine wasn’t the best but largely nice food! Good atmosphere in the main downstairs bar too.