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Union Chapel

Music Venue and Church · Islington
Compton Terrace, Highbury, Greater London, N1 2UN, United Kingdom
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  • Today
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed–Fri
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Credit Cards:
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Wi-Fi:
Yes

Union Chapel is a working church, an award winning venue, and a centre for those who are homeless and in crisis in London

9.5/10

Based on 315 votes

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    Simon Q.
    "Possibly the best music venue in London, defy you NOT to love it!"(3 Tips)
    Davide C.
    "Best venue in London for an intimate small mid size gig."(3 Tips)
    Simon W.
    "Daylight Music on Saturdays"(2 Tips)
    Tonic Music
    "free Daylight Sessions gigs on Saturday mornings"(2 Tips)
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  • intimate
  • architecture
  • gigs on saturday
  • balcony
  • cake
  • tea
  • comedy
  • comedy clubs
  • scenic views
  • Porter
  • discounts
  • great value
  • quiet
  • films
  • acoustics
  • homemade food
  • chocolate flavours
  • church
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  • Christmas
  • Tiina H.

    Concerts; film screenings; drinks upstairs afterwards

    Tiina Heinonen · 13 hours ago
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  • Enzo M.

    Great venue for live concerts in in intimate setting

    Enzo Martinelli · 1 week ago
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  • Colm L.

    Best music venue in London

    Colm Linehan · January 2
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  • Mike B.

    Beware: you can't drink in the chapel, only in the designated bar upstairs. Great for more sedate gigs and comedy.

    Mike Barnard · October 10, 2015
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  • Christopher W.

    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 😊

    Christopher Weir · October 7, 2015
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  • Victoria M.

    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.

    Victoria Mcgin · May 1, 2015
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  • Artemy U.

    Have a cup of coffee while you wait for the gig

    Artemy Ustimenko · March 27, 2015
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  • Davina R.

    Great venue for comedy

    Davina Rudie · March 8, 2015
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  • Brian

    If you sit just in front of the sound technicians you're under a heater - good on cold nights

    Brian · March 7, 2015
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  • Michael W.

    An absolutely stunning venue to watch comedy

    Michael Wilson · March 1, 2015
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  • Sebastiano

    Great acoustics, interesting events and fair prices. Plus, amazing environment

    Sebastiano · January 31, 2015
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  • Ally M.

    Much good music , a really quirky interesting venue

    Ally Mcerlaine · August 19, 2014
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  • Alex C.

    Unique venue for live performances!

    Alex Calcan · August 19, 2014
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  • Amy R.

    What an incredibly beautiful venue. Remember you can't take booze inside the main section but the bar is lovely too.

    Amy Robinson · August 11, 2014
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  • Cat H.

    Stunning venue. Arrive early to get a good pew

    Cat Higgins · August 7, 2014
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  • Ale M.

    Amazingly beautiful venue, perfect for quiet gigs.

    Ale Mlkv · May 30, 2014
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  • Eric B.

    Try the Meantime chocolate flavoured porter. It's tasty!

    Eric Brotto · May 23, 2014
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  • Simon W.

    Daylight Music on Saturdays is great - music, tea, cakes and free with a suggested donation of £3.50

    Simon Willison · November 16, 2013
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  • Brian O.

    Stunning venue. Can't bring drinks into the chapel. But there is a bar :)

    Brian Owens · October 11, 2013
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  • Akua O.

    Gigs in the upstairs bar are relaxed and intimate. Heard Yourgardenday. First time at Union Chapel. Would definitely go again.

    Akua Obeng-Frimpong · August 31, 2013
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  • Simon P.

    Great venue. Check out the bar upstairs.

    Simon Pearce · August 15, 2013
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  • David P.

    Cup of tea and KitKat goes down well

    David Powis · June 19, 2013
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  • The Guestlist N.

    Small venue but massive in its quality.

    The Guestlist Network · March 12, 2013
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  • Charlie P.

    Holiday etiquette observed here: reserve your pews by leaving your coat and then disappear to the bar.

    Charlie Pinker · February 16, 2013
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  • Simon Q.

    Possibly the best music venue in London, defy you NOT to love it!

    Simon Quinton · November 27, 2012
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  • David H.

    If you take out a Membership, not only do you get advanced notice of events, you get a discount at the bar.

    David H · November 18, 2012
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  • Dan B.

    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.

    Dan Brown · November 4, 2012
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  • Davide C.

    Best venue in London for an intimate small mid size gig.

    Davide Corradi · October 10, 2012
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  • William C.

    great acoustics, saw Jonathan Coulton there tonight. make sure you don't sit behind one of the pillars!

    William Cleary · September 21, 2012
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  • Caroline

    see ANYTHING here. fantastic venue.

    Caroline · May 21, 2012
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  • Evening Standard

    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

    Evening Standard · May 11, 2012
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  • The Guardian

    "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

    The Guardian · April 25, 2012
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  • Matthew B.

    Join the Union Chapel and get discounts at the bar. Support a great place and get a little reward. Cool!

    Matthew Brown · April 15, 2012
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  • Time Out London

    Live at the Chapel, a monthly Islington comedy club, undoubtedly provides the finest, most interesting line-ups in the capital. Read more

    Time Out London · March 28, 2012
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  • Time Out London

    The devil might have all the best tunes, but the Union Chapel is proof that him downstairs knows bugger-all about architecture. Read more

    Time Out London · March 28, 2012
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  • Raul R.

    Amazing place. I've seen there some of the best concerts ever... Sheila Chandra, Mariza... Such a wonderful venue, such a good taste!

    Raul Romero · November 27, 2011
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  • Matthew B.

    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

    Matthew Baker · November 5, 2011
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  • Laura S.

    Recommend any gig here... One of the most beautiful venues on London.

    Laura Scott · November 1, 2011
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  • Dani S.

    Best gig venue in London by a mile.

    Dani S. · October 26, 2011
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  • martin t.

    Amazing venue, a working church.

    martin togher · September 27, 2011
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  • Tim T.

    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

    Tim Talbot · September 15, 2011
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  • Mat A.

    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.

    Mat A · September 6, 2011
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  • Solveig O.

    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

    Solveig Osk · May 16, 2011
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  • Dan H.

    Live at the Chapel comedy set is great fun. bar upstairs is sizeable too

    Dan Hopchet · April 3, 2011
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  • Tonic Music

    One of the most beautiful live music venues in London - keep an eye out for the free Daylight Sessions gigs on Saturday mornings

    Tonic Music · March 11, 2011
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  • littlegingerkid

    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)

    littlegingerkid · December 11, 2010
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  • Cathy

    what a great venue for a church!

    Cathy · November 24, 2010
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  • Ben W.

    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.

    Ben Ward · December 17, 2009
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  • Charlotte

    Free lunchtime gigs on Saturdays.

    Charlotte · November 8, 2009
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