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Union Chapel

Music Venue and Church
Islington, London
  • Has a stamp of approval from The Guardian and Evening Standard
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  • Ale T.
    "Amazingly beautiful venue, perfect for quiet gigs."(4 Tips)
    Simon Q.
    "Possibly the best music venue in London, defy you NOT to love it!"(3 Tips)
    Simon W.
    "Daylight Music on Saturdays"(2 Tips)
    Davide C.
    "Best venue in London for an intimate small mid size gig."(3 Tips)
54 Tips and reviews
  • beautiful venue
  • music
  • architecture
  • intimate
  • gigs on saturday
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  • Very Good Service
    Very Good ServiceDecember 31, 2016
    Music fans must go to a least one gig in Union Chapel, A fantastic music venue with character in London. Some great local restaurants nearby
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownNovember 4, 2012
    One of the best acoustic venues in London. Great architecture, atmosphere, and sound. The pews can be a bit hard on a bony behind though, so either bring a cushion or sit on some clothing.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 11, 2012
    The Union Chapel’s spellbinding surroundings and a cappella acoustics make it tough competition for more modern, purpose-built venues, putting it top of the list for bands and music fans alike. Read more
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 25, 2012
    "Famed for its breathtaking gothic interior, complete with octagonal-shaped chapel, exposed stone walls and wraparound balconies, it's also lauded for its quality of sound and pin-drop acoustics.." Read more
  • Akua O.
    Akua Obeng-FrimpongAugust 31, 2013
    Gigs in the upstairs bar are relaxed and intimate. Heard Yourgardenday. First time at Union Chapel. Would definitely go again.
  • Vic M.
    Vic McGinMay 1, 2015
    Surreal music venue. So atmospheric. Sit in the pews up the top for a birdseye view. Some Sundays they do midday shows with delightful home made cakes.
  • Simon W.
    Simon WillisonNovember 16, 2013
    Daylight Music on Saturdays is great - music, tea, cakes and free with a suggested donation of £3.50
  • Solveig O.
    Solveig OskMay 16, 2011
    Sitting on the upper balconies at the back, stage centre, gives you an amazing view over this beautiful old chapel. Not many venues today that still use candles to set the mood. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonAugust 11, 2014
    What an incredibly beautiful venue. Remember you can't take booze inside the main section but the bar is lovely too.
  • littlegingerkid
    littlegingerkidDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Daylight Music gigs at midday on a Saturday are always great. And free (though leave a donation if you can, to help with the upkeep of the lovely building)
  • Mat A.
    Mat ASeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best venues in London. If you come to an evening performance make sure to eat at the food buffet in the bar.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BakerNovember 5, 2011
    In actual fact the speakers are a hinderance. When the acts walk away from the microphone the acoustics are much better. Sitting in the upper circle is super echoey
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarnardOctober 10, 2015
    Beware: you can't drink in the chapel, only in the designated bar upstairs. Great for more sedate gigs and comedy.
  • Christopher W.
    Christopher WeirOctober 7, 2015
    Great venue for a gig. If you're watching something where you have to sit down for a long time maybe bring a padded jacket to sit on 😊
  • Raul R.
    Raul RomeroNovember 27, 2011
    Amazing place. I've seen there some of the best concerts ever... Sheila Chandra, Mariza... Such a wonderful venue, such a good taste!
  • Cat H.
    Cat HigginsAugust 7, 2014
    Stunning venue. Arrive early to get a good pew
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 28, 2012
    The devil might have all the best tunes, but the Union Chapel is proof that him downstairs knows bugger-all about architecture. Read more
  • William C.
    William ClearySeptember 21, 2012
    great acoustics, saw Jonathan Coulton there tonight. make sure you don't sit behind one of the pillars!
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BrownApril 15, 2012
    Join the Union Chapel and get discounts at the bar. Support a great place and get a little reward. Cool!
  • Sebastiano
    SebastianoJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great acoustics, interesting events and fair prices. Plus, amazing environment
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 28, 2012
    Live at the Chapel, a monthly Islington comedy club, undoubtedly provides the finest, most interesting line-ups in the capital. Read more
  • Tim T.
    Tim TalbotSeptember 15, 2011
    Are you the hippest kid in town? Have you seen a gig in a church? NO PROBABLY NOT. But you can solve this dilemma by heading to Union Chapel. We saw the Kooks do an acoustic show there once. Sorry Read more
  • Brian
    BrianMarch 7, 2015
    If you sit just in front of the sound technicians you're under a heater - good on cold nights
  • David H.
    David HNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you take out a Membership, not only do you get advanced notice of events, you get a discount at the bar.
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliJanuary 31, 2016
    Great venue for live concerts in in intimate setting
  • Brian O.
    Brian OwensOctober 11, 2013
    Stunning venue. Can't bring drinks into the chapel. But there is a bar :)
  • Ben W.
    Ben WardDecember 17, 2009
    When attending gigs, shows or—plausibly—religious service in the wintertime, be sure to sit inside the circle of the balconies, since that's where the heaters are directed.
  • Davide C.
    Davide CorradiOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best venue in London for an intimate small mid size gig.
  • Dan H.
    Dan Hopchet ✨April 3, 2011
    Live at the Chapel comedy set is great fun. bar upstairs is sizeable too
  • Simon Q.
    Simon QuintonNovember 27, 2012
    Possibly the best music venue in London, defy you NOT to love it!
  • Ale T.
    Ale TowerMay 30, 2014
    Amazingly beautiful venue, perfect for quiet gigs.
  • Simon P.
    Simon PearceAugust 15, 2013
    Great venue. Check out the bar upstairs.
  • Artemy U.
    Artemy UstimenkoMarch 27, 2015
    Have a cup of coffee while you wait for the gig
  • Hein K.
    Hein KuenenFebruary 17
    Brilliant so check it out when you get a chance!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BrottoMay 23, 2014
    Try the Meantime chocolate flavoured porter. It's tasty!
  • Dan C.
    Dan ConwayFebruary 20
    Great music venue!
  • Ally M.
    Ally McerlaineAugust 19, 2014
    Much good music , a really quirky interesting venue
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicMarch 11, 2011
    One of the most beautiful live music venues in London - keep an eye out for the free Daylight Sessions gigs on Saturday mornings
  • Alex C.
    Alex CalcanAugust 19, 2014
    Unique venue for live performances!
  • Laura S.
    Laura ScottNovember 1, 2011
    Recommend any gig here... One of the most beautiful venues on London.
  • Colm L.
    Colm LinehanJanuary 2, 2016
    Best music venue in London
  • Dani S.
    Dani S.October 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best gig venue in London by a mile.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WilsonMarch 1, 2015
    An absolutely stunning venue to watch comedy
  • Tiina H.
    Tiina HeinonenFebruary 8, 2016
    Concerts; film screenings; drinks upstairs afterwards
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisMay 31, 2016
    Fantastic venue for vocal music
  • The Guestlist N.
    The Guestlist NetworkMarch 12, 2013
    Small venue but massive in its quality.
  • David P.
    David PowisJune 19, 2013
    Cup of tea and KitKat goes down well
  • Caroline
    CarolineMay 21, 2012
    see ANYTHING here. fantastic venue.
  • Davina R.
    Davina RudieMarch 8, 2015
    Great venue for comedy
  • Henna P.
    Henna PatelDecember 21, 2016
    Absolutely beautiful venue
  • Martin T.
    Martin TogherSeptember 27, 2011
    Amazing venue, a working church.
  • Cathy
    CathyNovember 24, 2010
    what a great venue for a church!
  • Charlotte
    CharlotteNovember 8, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Free lunchtime gigs on Saturdays.
  • Gizem D.
    Gizem DalgıçJanuary 21
    Çok yaşa Genco Erkal, daha çok yaşat Nazım'ı
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