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The King's Head Theatre
Islington's King's Head Theatre is one of the granddaddies of the art. Ever since the demise of Shakespeare, this little venue was England's first theatre pub. It was founded in 1970. It never used to be as quietly sophisticated as it is now with its red velvet curtains and ornate lamps. In the back room past the pub, where the theatre now held, there used to be a boxing ring together with a pool hall. One can only imagine the goings on that occurred then, back in the 1800s.
But what a turn-around it's seen since. With an attitude to nurture the rising stars in today's theatrical scene, the King's Head has seen famous faces such as Alan Rickman, Joanna Lumley, Victoria Wood, and Hugh Grant pass through its doors to entertain small huddles.
For Islington, and indeed Upper Street itself, the King's Head is a real treat. The clientèle are great fun and the drinks at the bar are so reasonably priced you won't even think about how much you're spending. And the fact that it's both a homely pub, a great theatre venue, and supplies awesome live music very often simply secures it in the hearts and minds of locals as one of the stalwarts of the north London borough.
To get in touch with the pub, call 0207 226 4443