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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Stand And DeliverStand And DeliverJoin Frank Goldenboy and his two children, Paris and Antwerp, in a time-travelling romp back to 1731. Re-live the 1980s through references to kids' television, experience echoes of classic Carry On movies and sing along to a melee of chart hits from back in the day, as Frank attempts to follow his dream of becoming a highwayman.15th February 2015Sunday 15th March 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Stand And Deliver
event > Theatre > Musicals
DATES  15th Feb, 22nd Feb, 1st Mar, 8th Mar and 15th Mar 2015
Join Frank Goldenboy and his two children, Paris and Antwerp, in a time-travelling romp back to 1731. Re-live the 1980s through references to kids' television, experience echoes of classic Carry On movies and sing along to a melee of chart hits from back in the day, as Frank attempts to follow his dream of becoming a highwayman.
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
Category: event
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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.
Mrs Roosevelt Flies To LondonMrs Roosevelt Flies To LondonAlison Skilbeck's one-woman show explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century, a woman beset by deep personal insecurities and tragedy, but one who never lost her passionate belief in the strength of the human spirit.14th April 2015Saturday 9th May 2015 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London
event > Theatre > Solo
DATES  14th April to 9th May 2015
Alison Skilbeck's one-woman show explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century, a woman beset by deep personal insecurities and tragedy, but one who never lost her passionate belief in the strength of the human spirit.
 

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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
Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel  from £83  30% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
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DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington London
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel  from £59  25% off
60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 10 minutes from The King's Head
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Thistle City Barbican Hotel London
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel  from £55  31% off
Central Street, EC1V | 15 minutes from The King's Head
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ...More
 
 
 
 
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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
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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
 
 
 
Islington Assembly Hall London
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Islington Assembly Hall
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 5 minutes from The King's Head
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The Lexington London
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London > Entertainment > Live Music
96-98 Pentonville Road, Clerkenwell, London N1 | 11 minutes from The King's Head
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The Cuban Brothers
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The Old Queen's Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
Pop-influenced Latin funk and dance by the band from Havana....More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Friday 30th January 2015 - 6pm
O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 | 6 minutes from The King's Head
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The Phantom of the Opera with live Organ Music London
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The Phantom of the Opera with live Organ Music
London > Events > Film Events  Dates: Friday 30th January 2015
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 | 8 minutes from The King's Head
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London > Attractions > Activities for Kids
14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
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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
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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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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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Education near The King's Head

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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
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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
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Pubs near The King's Head

The best pubs near London The King's Head.
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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Nightlife near 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
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Pisco Embassy London
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Pisco Embassy
London > Nightlife > Bars
176 Upper Street, N1 | 5 minutes from The King's Head
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Meeting venue hire near The King's Head

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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
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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
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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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The Cuban Brothers
Concerts | On 30th January 2015 

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

Pop-influenced Latin funk and dance by the band from Havana....More

Angel Comedy
Comedy | On 30th January 2015 

Camden Head 3 minutes walk from The King's Head

Sharp wit and storytelling from Glaswegian stand-up Larry Dean. Also featuring Daniel Simonsen, Andrea Hubert and MC Barry Ferns....More

Propaganda
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 27th March 2015 

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

The resident DJs play dance....More

Saywecanfly
Concerts | On 30th January 2015 

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

The singer-songwriter from Lindsay, Ontario, Braden Barrie, performs his pop-rock originals....More

Applebum
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 30th January 2015 

Albert & Pearl 6 minutes walk from The King's Head

Old skool R&B and hip hop courtesy of resident DJs....More

White Heat
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 30th January 2015 

The Lexington 11 minutes walk from The King's Head

A weekly residency of sweltering disco, leftfield pop, throbbing house and new wave edits. White Heat DJs Matty, Marcus Harris ...More

Friday at The Lexington
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 30th January 2015 

The Lexington 11 minutes walk from The King's Head

Saul from Fat Whites will be DJ'ing Friday nights alongside regular Nighttrain resident Ren. Expect Vietnamese Garage and other guitar ...More

Club The Mammoth
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 30th January 2015 

Relentless Garage 12 minutes walk from The King's Head

Hear DJs spin a selection of rock, pop and punk beats. With live performances from Thee MVPs and The Whig ...More

Sarah Sze
Exhibitions | Until 28th March 2015 

Victoria Miro 12 minutes walk from The King's Head

A series of installations by the American artist, exploring the measurement and construction of space, mass, time and volume through ...More

Absent Kelly Introducing: Peyote
Concerts | On 30th January 2015 

Surya 14 minutes walk from The King's Head

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Take That
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Concerts | On 23rd February 2015 

Shepherd's Bush Empire

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American Buffalo
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Wyndham's Theatre

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Handa's Surprise
Handa's Surprise
Kids Events | On 21st February 2015 

Half Moon Young People's Theatre

Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise - but seven different animals have seven very different ideas. Travel ...More

 
An Evening With The Stars: Valentine's Day Special
Seasonal | On 14th February 2015 

Royal Observatory Greenwich

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Sky Garden
Sky Garden
Opened 5th January 2015 

The free-to-access Sky Garden, occupying the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly's 37 storey, 525ft 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the ...More

 
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Duck & Rice
Opened End of January 2015 

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