The Dolls House Islington

Restaurants, British Barnsbury
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The 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 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 Dolls House Islington
Address: 181 Upper St
N1 1RQ
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 5pm-2am; Thu-Sat 11am-4am; Sun 11am-midnight
Transport: Tube: Highbury & Islington
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4.3 / 5

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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!!


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 :)


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.


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.  


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.


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. 


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


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.