The Islington

The Islington
1 Tolpuddle Street, London, N1 0XT
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All The Luck In The World

All the Luck in the World are three Irish songwriters, Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr currently based in Berlin. The band create an intimate blend of Alternative-Folk and and share a collective passion for storytelling, composition and song craft. Formed in 2011 while Foot was still in school, Connolly and…

Mon 16 Apr

£8.80 / 0207 6841577

Tue 17 Apr

£8.80 / 0207 6841577

Ange Hardy

Folk musician who was nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Sun 28 Jan

£14–£15 / 0207 6841577

With Kirsty Merryn and Tilly Moses.

Prospect Burma fundraising gig

Wed 28 Feb

£14 / 0207 6841577

  • 18:45 – 22:00

Atillla The Stockbroker's Barnstormer

Radical-force-of-nature performance poet/musician Attila the Stockbroker celebrates the 35th anniversary of his first gig with the publication of his autobiography 'Arguments Yard' in September 2015. Launched into public consciousness by legendary Radio One DJ John Peel in 1982/83, he has spent 35 years touring the…

Sun 29 Apr

£11 / 0207 6841577

Chris Barron (spin Doctors) - An Evening Of Stories & Songs

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ALL SEATED SHOW AND LIMITED TO 50 SEATS!! Chris Barron's songs & words excite, ignite and inspire. Whether in front of audiences as intimate as 50 or as sprawling as 20,000, Chris has always something to say that matters!! Expect a night of decadent Rock and Roll tales, hilarity, secrets…

Mon 29 Jan

£9.90 / 0207 6841577

Chris Corsano + Bill Orcutt (solo Performances)

Upset The Rhythm presents BILL ORCUTT & CHRIS CORSANO - SOLO SHOWS Sunday 18 March The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT 7.30pm | £12 | CHRIS CORSANO is arguably the most riotosly energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, for this rare solo set he strips things back to just the…

Sun 18 Mar

£13.20 / 0207 6841577

Collette The Dots

'Collette The Dots is the brainchild of top Drum & Bass vocalist Collette Warren, who has been working with many of the drum & bass scene's leading producers for over 6 years and performing all over the world as a solo artist. She has had releases on Soul:r, Exit Records, Innerground, CIA, intrigue Music…

Sat 3 Mar

£6.60 / 0207 6841577

Cormac Neeson

2018 will see the release of the first solo album by The Answer lead singer, Cormac Neeson. Neeson's maiden solo venture, entitled White Feather, will propel him into the life affirming world of Country Soul, Celtic roots and laid back folk rock. Through a series of crafted, introspective songs, Neeson will deliver…

Tue 27 Feb

£11 / 0207 6841577

David Nance

Upset The Rhythm presents DAVID NANCE Monday 5 February The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT 7.30pm | £6 DAVID NANCE, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with Negative Boogie, his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. For Boogie, Nance trades in his beaten up Tascam 488 for the…

Mon 5 Feb

£6.60 / 0207 6841577

Deaf School

Who are Deaf School? It's strange that we still need to ask. Deaf School are an unclassifiable collective, a band apart who are a genre unto themselves. They formed at Liverpool art college over 40 years ago and won disciples from Madness and Dexys to the KLF and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Among their most ardent…

Thu 22 Mar

£14.85 / 0207 6841577

Fri 23 Mar

£14.85 / 0207 6841577

Fenne Lily

Folk singer-songwriter from Bristol.

Wed 31 Jan

£9.90 / 0207 6841577

Fenne Lily

Dorset is the origin of this singer-songwriter and her folk-pop tunes.

Wed 31 Jan

£9.90 / 0207 6841577

Greg Ashley + Mass Datura

Upset The Rhythm presents GREG ASHLEY MASS DATURA Saturday 24 February The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT 7.30pm | £7 | GREG ASHLEY has been a fixture on the underground music scene since the late Nineties while strafing eardrums as a teenager in Houston in garage- punk band The Strate-Coats. Since…

Sat 24 Feb

£7.70 / 0207 6841577

Ian Prowse In Conversation

IAN PROWSE IN CONVERSATION War Stories From The Heart Of Rock and Roll. In depth 90 plus minutes of pure unadulterated Ian! Ian will be talking about all aspects of his life, his music and the current system. Expect a night of decadent Rock and Roll tales, hilarity, secrets revealed and super surprises as well as…

Tue 30 Jan

£9.90 / 0207 6841577

Indigo Face

London based 4-piece band, Indigo Face, was formed in 2014, born out of late night jam sessions, conversations about parallel universes and a wealth of experience gigging on the London Pop scene. Members of Indigo Face, Mariachiara Terragin (lead vocals), Maxime Obadia (keyboards/guitar/production), Raymond Tognola…

Fri 2 Mar

£8.80 / 0207 6841577


Angry motorik loop-driven post-punk rock three piece, based in Leeds and Brighton. Vocals: Dunstan Bruce Guitar: Stephen Griffin Drums: Harry Hamer

Thu 12 Apr

£14.30 / 0207 6841577


Lynne JACKAMAN is now a part of the recording legacy at FAME studios, Muscle Shoals Alabama. Like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Candi Staton before her, Lynne too possesses that same emotive raw power. A fireball of femininity, authenticity, love and pain in equal measure which is evident in her songwriting and…

Thu 8 Feb

£16.50 / 0207 6841577

Jay Vee Presents #10 - Randy Savages, Spacewasters, Milk Lizards, Enemy Of The People

Jay Vee presents our first show of 2018, and holy cow, is it a good'un. Randy Savages top the bill, fresh from their first tour of duty on the road in Italy. Slingin' proper garage-punk-powerpop with an apparent effortlessness that belies a tight-as-you-like precision, these guys are going from strength to strength and…

Sat 17 Feb

£5 / 0207 6841577

  • 19:00

Jon Grayson

Jon Grayson is a singer-songwriter from the Medway Towns in Kent. Raised on a steady diet of The Police, City and Colour and Fleetwood Mac, Jon moved to London in 2014 and spent two years honing his songwriting and building a following by playing gigs in every corner of the capital as well as his home town. In 2016…

Sat 10 Feb

£8.80 / 0207 6841577

Katerine Duska & Irene Skylakaki

Katerine Duska is a Canadian-Greek singer/songwriter currently residing in Athens, Greece. Her critically acclaimed debut album 'Embodiment' was released in 2015 by EMI/ Universal Records and the EP 'Embodiment Revisits' followed in 2017. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, by Greek parents, she was introduced to a…

Thu 22 Feb

£12.10 / 0207 6841577

Katie Von Schleicher

Please Please You presents Katie Von Schleicher The Crescent, York Tuesday 7th November, 8pm. £6.50adv More at

Thu 26 Apr

£8 / 0207 6841577

Lisa Wright And Friends

Live music from singer-songwriter and musical theatre actress Lisa Wright (Sunny Afternoon/Someone Once Told Me), Clara Bond, Mark Newnham in aid of Huntington's Disease Association.

Wed 7 Feb

£11 / 0207 6841577

Nasher Feat. The Soilders Of Love

Thirty years ago a band from Liverpool achieved three number one hits in the charts and followed it with a million selling debut album. Frankie Goes To Hollywood exploded in 1984 and imploded in 1987 leaving Relax, Two Tribesand The Power Of Love as their epitaph. Since the band's demise guitarist Nasher has…

Fri 23 Feb

£13.20 / 0207 6841577

Nasher Feat. The Soldiers Of Love

Thirty years ago a band from Liverpool achieved three number one hits in the charts and followed it with a million selling debut album. Frankie Goes To Hollywood exploded in 1984 and imploded in 1987 leaving Relax, Two Tribesand The Power Of Love as their epitaph. Since the band's demise guitarist Nasher has…

Fri 23 Feb

£13.20 / 0207 6841577

Ohm From Ohm Tour | Rodney Cromwell, The Frixion, Nature Of Wires, Vieon

2018 sees the first Ohm From Ohm tour, featuring 4 of the UK's most exciting electronic acts performing a series of intimate, quadruple headliner showcases across the country. Ohm From Ohm features the acerbic, indietronica stylings of RODNEY CROMWELL, the brooding, electro-caberet sounds of THE FRIXION, the soaring…

Thu 10 May

£6.60 / 0207 6841577

Olly Flavell

Olly Flavell is an innovative singer songwriter whose originality captivates with ease. With wisdom beyond his years and a youthful flair, carefully crafted material naturally flows from this talented 20-year-old making him stand out from the crowd. In combining influences from the realms of Pop, Country and Rock Olly…

Tue 20 Feb

£5.50 / 0207 6841577

Out Lines

Three of the country's most intriguing, exciting artists come together as Out Lines to release Conflats, a gorgeous set of songs inspired by stories of hardship and sorrow, redemption and hope. The first detailed maps of Scotland from the late 1500s show the now East End of Glasgow suburb Easterhouse labelled…

Wed 14 Feb

£13.75 / 0207 6841577

Thu 15 Feb

£13.75 / 0207 6841577

Prospect Burma Presents Ange Hardy

Three incredible female folk artists unite to raise funds for Prospect Burma, supporting educational scholarships for female students from Myanmar. Nominated at the nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as "one of Britain's top folk musicians", Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention…

Wed 28 Feb

£15.40 / 0207 6841577

Raphael Callaghan

With weird guitar tunings, melodic but fiery slide work and a large catalogue of what he calls ''home-made'' songs, Raphael Callaghan is a survivor of the British blues boom of the '60s. His first recordings, as harmonica player with singer Jim James for the Liberty label in 1969, were produced by Tony McPhee.

Tue 10 Apr

£8.80 / 0207 6841577

Rayon Nelson

The Captivating and soulful vocals of Rayon Nelson has ushered in praises despite being independent. With such eclectic influences from Jamaica, London and Suffolk, his music portrays inspiring themes which are brought to you in a fusion of styles. The singer and songwriter who has just released a second EP 'YUNG SOLO'…

Thu 29 Mar

£5.50 / 0207 6841577

The Real People

As you are probably aware Liam Gallagher took to Twitter to sing the praises of Scouse Britpop originators The Real People, he was joined by the NME and many others in enthusing about the bands perfectly crafted pop songs Rocking chair written by NG of oasis and CG of the real people sung and spiritualised by the 1 n…

Sat 7 Apr

£13.75 / 0207 6841577

Ryan Driver (tin Angel Records)

Ryan Driver wouldn't care to know how to classify his music. After all, to attempt to bottle a sound as instinctive as his would be to do it a disservice. Inspired by the more adventurous figures of jazz and other musical genres, Driver turns off the guiding light of traditional form and convention and instead reaches in…

Tue 24 Apr

£8.80 / 0207 6841577

Shannon Lay

Upset The Rhythm presents SHANNON LAY Wednesday 7 March The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT 7.30pm | £6 SHANNON LAY is a L.A. singer-songwriter whose new album, 'Living Water', is a work of plainspoken mysticism that goes to the small, bright truth of things, showcasing her unusual songwriting and…

Wed 7 Mar

£6.60 / 0207 6841577

Slim Jim Phantom Trio

Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock-n-roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock-n-roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from that bygone era and mixed…

Wed 24 Jan

£14.85 / 0207 6841577

Tax The Heat

Straight ahead rhythm'n'blues rock.

Fri 9 Mar

£11 / 0207 6841577

Who Brought The Parents Viii

All proceeds go to Parkinson's UK

Fri 20 Apr

£5.50 / 0207 6841577

Will Samson

"Awash with Eno-esque ambience, and recorded late at night to cassette - the glitches and hiss adding to the dusky atmosphere, it's an unusually intimate collection, with tracks like Oceans Are Wilder so sparse as to barely be there - 8/10 - UNCUT (UK) "…running themes and riffs waft over songs so heartfelt, you dare…

Tue 27 Mar

£11 / 0207 6841577

Comments & ratings

18. L Goldman2 Aug 2015, 5:12pm5 stars The Islington Report

A really cool place to see a show.

Small little venue (around 100 cap) and the bar area gives off an unexpectedly friendly vibe.

The sound was amazing, the beer selection very good. Also the terrace outside the bar area has a nice number of tables and chairs.

Highly recommended.

17. Ellie Shandur11 Mar 2015, 7:31pm5 stars The Islington Report

The better touring bands that have visited London over the last few years have played The Islington. The bar has an amazing relaxed chic vibe, reminds me of a lower east side music bar. Get a drink in the separated front bar without paying into the show. It's s destination bar so you won't get any creepy locals hanging around.. and the toilets are spotless. We like.

16. Jody Edwards6 Dec 2014, 5:07am1 star The Islington Report

Over priced sweat box rude owner only cares about taking your money drinks prices are a joke!! The food is disgusting!!!

15. Andy Nunn28 Apr 2014, 1:07am Report

First time at this venue! I went to to watch minor alps who were amazing! But what a great venue! Great selection of drinks, top acoustics and a really good vibe! The support were also top draw! Thanks to the Islington for a top night!

14. Mario Nardi25 Mar 2014, 3:29am Report

Almost my local. If you are bored of what's going on in town, just pop by any day of the week and you'll find a fantastic atmosphere! All round!

13. Racheal Carpentier29 Nov 2013, 2:46pm5 stars The Islington Report

The Islington is a great place to drop in,listen to a great band and have a brilliant night in Angel. drinks were good and the sound system was great

12. Jesus Sam27 Nov 2013, 5:17pm5 stars The Islington Report

good times with my friend in this bar, we watched some great band and had a fun fun time. very good place to check out. The Islington is great

11. Kerry Serrill26 Nov 2013, 5:01pm5 stars The Islington Report

Definitely a hidden little gem! Went here for a quick birthday drink and ended up staying all night drinking and watching a gig there! Nice food and really fun staff, it was one of those random nights when you least expect it. Will be going back, fun times :)

10. Paula Paul26 Nov 2013, 11:38am5 stars The Islington Report

really enjoyed our time in London and The Islington is a great venue for live music. they get some really good bands, so it's great

9. Leroy Evans25 Nov 2013, 6:00pm5 stars The Islington Report

Well good! The Islington is really good for live music. we had a well good time. check it out. I like the Islington

8. Marcus Owens24 Nov 2013, 4:40pm5 stars The Islington Report

thanks for a great weekend! coming back to Angel and seeing live music again was a blast. Just what I needed. I am really pleased that the islington pub is still going strong and can't wait to come back again soon!

7. Ricky Henderson21 Nov 2013, 8:43pm5 stars The Islington Report

We found this place because it as one of the only places our favorite band was playing in London, so we didn't really have any hopes. What we found though was an awesome venue for live music and a great atmosphere. Loved it. Coming back in newyear

6. Barry Coleman13 Nov 2013, 11:56am5 stars The Islington Report

I am so excited to be coming back here. Looking to see Honeyhoney soon as they are one of my new favourite bands and I am so glad I am seeing them at The Islington. It's a great venue and has the London vibe that I miss now that I don't live here. I love coming back. Great

5. Jane Augeri30 Jun 2013, 12:54pm5 stars The Islington Report

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! Perfect venue to upgrade your regular drink scene.

Candles light up the room in old fashioned candelabras and beautiful plush maroon curtains divides the back bar area from a private music area (I think I saw a private concert going on the last time I was there). Great beers spirits and cocktails and better than average whiskey collection.

It's romantic and sophisticated, yet casual and accommodating.

I will definitely be back soon and will continue to plan events here as well!!! Thank you for making our birthday night a great celebration!

4. Sue C20 May 2013, 3:15am5 stars The Islington Report

What a find! .. Tucked neatly away from Upper Street you will find one of the most friendliest bars you will ever encounter. Seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of Islington.

Think a laid back "vibe" bar in Brooklyn.. a neighborhood bar where you can relax and have a craft beer or a coffee. Laze away the afternoon or the evening with your boy or girl. A great place for a first date, massive chesterfield sofas and beautiful attentive staff make the hours pass by lightning fast.

Islington's best kept secret ... for now.

3. sam addison17 Apr 2013, 3:54am5 stars The Islington Report

Such nice individual touches make this place a different night out than a trip to the pub.

The bohemian feel to the place with its velvet curtains, manor house armchairs and friendly staff all frame a fantastic music venue.

The music room is intimate and the acoustics are surprisingly good.

Does Brooklyn beer on draft also! And Goose in bottles.


2. SaraDonaldson18 Mar 2013, 6:35pm4 stars The Islington Report

1. Never charges entry.
2. Good looking crowd ;)
3. Good music.
4. Reasonably priced drinks.
5. Free coat check.
6. Large venue.
7. Huge dance floor.
9. More than one set of very clean bathrooms.
10. Craft beers on draft!

1. Elli12 Mar 2013, 1:49am5 stars The Islington Report

A hidden gem of sorts; bang in the centre of Angel whilst still managing to slip away from the hustle and bustle of the high street, The Islington manages to strike a perfect balance between homely comfort and chic. Music is the order of the day; a beautiful stage occupies a corner of the room without invading the place - you can get up close to the performers at the candlelit tables, or stand by the bar, or sit further back whilst enjoying the selection of food on offer. A fine range of wines, drafts and ciders are available at competitive prices. The music usually consists of a solo acoustic performer or stripped back band line ups, which means you can hear yourself think and still enjoy some quality entertainment. I've seen the place packed and you can hear a pin drop. The staff are friendly, attentive and willing to go the extra mile, so it ticks all of the boxes on service. All in all a fantastic place if you're looking for something central and a little different and special without having to spend the earth. Highly recommended.

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Average rating 4.5/5 from 16 reviews of The Islington.

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