The King's Head

 
 
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115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QN 
 
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The King's HeadLondon's original pub theatre is located in the back room at the The King's Head. It was founded in 1970 by the pub's owner, Dan Crawford, and since then has established itself as one of the best places to see top quality, independent theatre. Some of Britain's biggest talents got their start here, including Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Grant and Imelda Staunton, and many return here to try out new and experimental work. Expect to find all kinds of shows performed, from musicals, classics, and stand-up comedy to world premieres from newcomers and established playwrights. Music, film and theatre posters cover the walls and while plays are performed in the small theatre at the back (previous incarnations include a boxing ring and a pool hall) there's also live music in the bar area out the front with free music almost every night (from around 9.30pm) from swing to rock 'n' roll, blues and jazz.

 

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England ExpectsEngland ExpectsOff The Fence Theatre Company presents a one-woman show, written by Tom Glover, in which the music hall star Vesta Tilley reflects on her First World War experiences, particularly her role in recruiting young men to the Front. Directed by Gary Phillpott.30th November 2014Sunday 30th November 2014 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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England Expects
event > Theatre > Specialist
DATES  Sunday 30th November 2014 at 3pm and 7.15pm
Off The Fence Theatre Company presents a one-woman show, written by Tom Glover, in which the music hall star Vesta Tilley reflects on her First World War experiences, particularly her role in recruiting young men to the Front. Directed by Gary Phillpott.
OperaUpClose: The Elixir Of LoveOperaUpClose: The Elixir Of LoveValentina Ceschi directs the company to perform Donizetti's comic opera of unrequited love and magical potions. Sung in English.2nd December 2014Saturday 13th December 2014 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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OperaUpClose: The Elixir Of Love
event > Concerts > Opera - English opera
DATES  2nd to 13th December 2014
Valentina Ceschi directs the company to perform Donizetti's comic opera of unrequited love and magical potions. Sung in English.
Pistols At DawnPistols At DawnThe CT 2015 Company of drama school East15 presents a post-modern cabaret performance.5th December 2014Saturday 6th December 2014 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Pistols At Dawn
event > Theatre > Specialist
DATES  Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December 2014 - 10pm
The CT 2015 Company of drama school East15 presents a post-modern cabaret performance.
OperaUpClose: La BohemeOperaUpClose: La BohemeAn aspiring novelist falls for an immigrant cleaner in Robin Norton-Hale's retelling of Puccini's tragic tale.16th December 2014Saturday 3rd January 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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OperaUpClose: La Boheme
event > Concerts > Opera - Italian opera
DATES  16th December 2014 to 3rd January 2015
An aspiring novelist falls for an immigrant cleaner in Robin Norton-Hale's retelling of Puccini's tragic tale.
OperaUpClose: The Barber Of SevilleOperaUpClose: The Barber Of SevilleDoctor Bartleby has designs on his ward Rosina but she is interested in the attentions of a handsome stranger. Meanwhile Figaro, the barber who knows everyone's business can fix your hair and love life with ease.6th January 2015Saturday 17th January 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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OperaUpClose: The Barber Of Seville
event > Concerts > Opera - English opera
DATES  6th to 17th January 2015
Doctor Bartleby has designs on his ward Rosina but she is interested in the attentions of a handsome stranger. Meanwhile Figaro, the barber who knows everyone's business can fix your hair and love life with ease.
The Diary Of A NobodyThe Diary Of A NobodyRough Haired Pointer Theatre Company presents Mary Franklin's inventive adaptation of George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel about a hapless Victorian clerk. Four actors take on 45 roles.20th January 2015Saturday 14th February 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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The Diary Of A Nobody
event > Theatre > Adaptations
DATES  20th January to 14th February 2015
Rough Haired Pointer Theatre Company presents Mary Franklin's inventive adaptation of George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel about a hapless Victorian clerk. Four actors take on 45 roles.
BetweenBetweenThe play is an edgy, fast paced and visceral exploration of male sexuality. It follows three intertwining story lines: an acting instructor as he coaches a young student through the delivery of Shakespearian Sonnets, childhood friends discovering sex and sexuality, and a couple who have grown apart sexually.27th January 2015Saturday 31st January 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Between
event > Theatre > Specialist
DATES  27th to 31st Jan 2015 - 9.45pm
The play is an edgy, fast paced and visceral exploration of male sexuality. It follows three intertwining story lines: an acting instructor as he coaches a young student through the delivery of Shakespearian Sonnets, childhood friends discovering sex and sexuality, and a couple who have grown apart sexually.
Charles Court Opera: RuddigoreCharles Court Opera: RuddigoreJohn Savournin directs a small-scale performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's Gothic spoof, with musical direction by pianist David Eaton.18th February 2015Saturday 14th March 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Charles Court Opera: Ruddigore
event > Concerts > Opera - Operetta
DATES  18th February to 14th March 2015
John Savournin directs a small-scale performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's Gothic spoof, with musical direction by pianist David Eaton.
 

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Angel Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
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Elia Mews Car Park
 
9 minutes walk
 
Macclesfield Road NCP
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel  from £83  21% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
The Business Design Centre next door is the obvious attraction for many of the guests at this smart, efficient Hilton Hotel, but Islington's excellent restaurants and ...More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington London
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
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60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 10 minutes from The King's Head
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Islington underwent a major refurbishment in 2014, transforming the rooms and suites into a stylish accommodation option. The newly ...More
 
 
 
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London > Apartment > Apartment  from £64  29% off
300 City Road, EC1V | 11 minutes from The King's Head
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The Little Angel Theatre London
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The Little Angel Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
The Little Angel Theatre was founded by John Wright in 1961 in a derelict temperance hall in Islington. Every type of puppet is used, and themes, ...More
 
 
 
Almeida Theatre London
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Almeida Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Almeida Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
Along with the Donmar Warehouse, the Almeida is the most critically praised theatre in Britain. After Jonathan Kent took over in 1990, it had 14 ...More
 
 
 
The Old Red Lion Theatre London
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The Old Red Lion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
418 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 9 minutes from The King's Head
One of London's most famous fringe pub theatres, the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington was founded in 1979 by Charlie Hanson and is a welcome ...More
 
 
 
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The Screen on the Green London
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The Screen on the Green
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
83 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from The King's Head
One of the most striking cinema facades in the city (especially at night when it's all illuminated in startling red and white), the dinky Screen on ...More
 
 
 
The Lexington London
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The Lexington
London > Entertainment > Live Music
96-98 Pentonville Road, Clerkenwell, London N1 | 11 minutes from The King's Head
The Lexington is both a music venue and an English pub that thinks it's an American speakeasy. While this may sound like trying to please all ...More
 
 
 
Sadler's Wells London
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London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 12 minutes from The King's Head
Modern contemporary dance and music performance space. Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and ...More
 
 
 
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Black Sundown London
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Black Sundown
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Friday 28th November 2014 - 6pm
O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 | 6 minutes from The King's Head
Hardcore and metal from the Hertfordshire-based four-piece, with support from State Of The Art and Near Ruin....More
 
 
 
Edward Scissorhands London
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Edward Scissorhands
London > Events > Dance  Dates: 2nd December 2014 to 11th January 2015
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R | 12 minutes from The King's Head
Having so successfully given new interpretations to classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Nutcracker!, Matthew Bourne now brings Edward Scissorhands to Sadler's Wells this ...More
 
 
 
Gong London
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Friday 28th November 2014 - 6pm-10pm
Relentless Garage, 22 Highbury Corner, N5 | 12 minutes from The King's Head
Psychedelic and prog-rock by the veteran Franco/British band from the Planet Gong....More
 
 
 
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The Little Angel Theatre London
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The Little Angel Theatre
London > Attractions > Activities for Kids
14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
This innovative children's theatre provides a showcase for the art of puppetry. Founded by master puppeteer John Wilkes in the early 1960s, this small, unusual theatre ...More
 
 
 
The Islington Metal Works London
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The Islington Metal Works
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
7 Torrens Street, EC1V | 8 minutes from The King's Head
Built in the late 19th century, The Islington Metalworks is a building steeped in history. All three floors were initially used to stable the horses that ...More
 
 
 
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art London
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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
39a Canonbury Square, N1 | 8 minutes from The King's Head
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Cass Art London
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Cass Art
London > Shopping > Art and Design
66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
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Cass Art Islington London
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Cass Art Islington
London > Shopping > Art and Design
66-67 Colebrooke Row, N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
Art shop in Islington that also hosts drawing events. ...More
 
 
 
Loop London
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Loop
London > Shopping > Specialists
15 Camden Passage, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from The King's Head
'Loop' is a gorgeous shop to do with all things knit. A huge selection of exquisite yarns from around the world as well as haberdashery, vintage ...More
 
 
 
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Strada - Islington London
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Strada - Islington
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
105-106 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | Same location as The King's Head
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Cafe Gallipoli Bazar London
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Cafe Gallipoli Bazar
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
107 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | Same location as The King's Head
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Nando's London
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Nando's
London > Restaurants > South American restaurants
324 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from The King's Head
Portuguese cuisine. ...More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's London
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 19 minutes from The King's Head
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ...More
 
 
 
Jenius Social London
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Jenius Social
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, N7 | 20 minutes from The King's Head
Islington cafe-cum-deli Jenius Social isn't just a place to enjoy fine food and carefully sourced balsamic vinegar, artisan chocolates and cured meats. It's also a ...More
 
 
 
London Wine Academy London
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 20 minutes from The King's Head
One day workshops, offering a friendly no-nonsense approach to teaching about wine, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Courses take place at the following venues: Atlas PH, ...More
 
 
 
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London Fencing Club London
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London Fencing Club
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Norman Street, EC1V | 17 minutes from The King's Head
Excellent fencing courses for beginners with highly trained coaches, good facilities and years of experience teaching this ancient, noble sport. Fencing is very good fun and ...More
 
 
 
Spa Fields Park London
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, EC1R | 17 minutes from The King's Head
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ...More
 
 
 
Pancras Square Leisure London
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Pancras Square Leisure
London > Leisure >
5 Pancras Square, N1C | 18 minutes from The King's Head
Located in the heart of Kings Cross, Pancras Square Leisure centre offers a 25 metre swimming pool, smaller teaching pool, two exercise studios with over 25 ...More
 
 
 
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The Old Queen's Head London
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The Old Queen's Head
London > Nightlife > Pubs
44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
A gorgeous antique interior, a delicious menu and some top DJs at weekends. The Old Queen's Head opened with a fantastic recipe for success in 2006 ...More
 
 
 
The Barnsbury Freehouse and Dining Room London
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The Barnsbury Freehouse and Dining Room
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
209-211 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from The King's Head
Islington gastropub on Liverpool Road, where chef John O’Riordan (ex head chef of critically acclaimed Samphire) heads up the kitchen. Informal dining in a relaxed ...More
 
 
 
The Drapers Arms London
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The Drapers Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, London N1 | 6 minutes from The King's Head
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Colebrookes London
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Colebrookes
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
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Hoxley & Porter London
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Hoxley & Porter
London > Nightlife > Bars
153 Upper Street, N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
Let the train take you on an exotic night out without actually leaving Islington as you enter Hoxley & Porter, a bar and restaurant which has ...More
 
 
 
Pisco Embassy London
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Pisco Embassy
London > Nightlife > Bars
176 Upper Street, N1 | 5 minutes from The King's Head
The 12 cocktails on the menu at Pisco Embassy all offer a twist on classics like the pisco sour. Drinks are expertly served by head bartender ...More
 
 
 
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Little Angel Theatre London
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Little Angel Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Dagmar Passage off Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
A teeny, tiny and wonderful puppet theatre located in a hidden side road backing onto a green church yard ideal for spontaneous picnics with goodies from ...More
 
 
 
Business Design Centre London
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Business Design Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from The King's Head
Exhibitors love this venue and it's easy to see why. The Business Design Centre in Islington is in a great location just one mile from The ...More
 
 
 
Union Chapel London
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Union Chapel
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 8 minutes from The King's Head
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Friday at The Old Queen's Head
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 28th November 2014 

The Old Queen's Head 2 minutes walk from The King's Head

Record label owner, producer and DJ extraordinaire. A.Skillz fuses funk, soul and hip-hop with D&B, dub-step and breaks....More

Angel Comedy
Comedy | On 28th November 2014 

Camden Head 3 minutes walk from The King's Head

Gags and banter from Sunil Patel, Ant Dewson, Sarah Callaghan, Tony Dunn and Steph Peart and MC Barry Ferns. Doors ...More

Dexters
Concerts | On 28th November 2014 

Islington Town Hall 5 minutes walk from The King's Head

Indie-pop with elements of punk from the London-based band....More

Propaganda
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 28th November 2014 

O2 Academy Islington 6 minutes walk from The King's Head

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Rosendo
Concerts | On 28th November 2014 

O2 Academy Islington 6 minutes walk from The King's Head

Commercial rock by the Madrid-based singer, Rosendo Mercado Ruiz....More

Black Sundown
Concerts | On 28th November 2014 

O2 Academy Islington 6 minutes walk from The King's Head

Hardcore and metal from the Hertfordshire-based four-piece, with support from State Of The Art and Near Ruin....More

The David Ford Orchestra
Concerts | On 28th November 2014 

Union Chapel 8 minutes walk from The King's Head

The singer-songwriter performs indie-rock originals with accompanying musicians....More

Some Weird Sin
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 28th November 2014 

Buffalo Bar 10 minutes walk from The King's Head

Resident DJs Simon Drowner and Mauro A-Grade spin glam, punk and rock and roll....More

Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton
Comedy | Until 30th November 2014 

Hen & Chickens Theatre 11 minutes walk from The King's Head

Award-winning observational stand-up exploring urban myths with Amadeus Martin....More

Standard Planets
Music | On 28th November 2014 

The Lexington 11 minutes walk from The King's Head

Launch party for the band's third single with support acts Nurse With Wound's Colin Potter, Shift Work (Optimo), Speak Galactic ...More

 
 
 
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