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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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Author, Composer, Soldier-Of-A-SortAuthor, Composer, Soldier-Of-A-SortA celebration of the friendship between poet Ivor Gurney and musician Marion Scott; written and performed by Jan Carey.2019-02-17T16:00:00+00002019-03-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Timpson - The MusicalTimpson - The MusicalGigglemug Theatre presents their unlikely Edinburgh Fringe hit, a musical based on the beginnings of Timpson, the shoe repair and key cutting shop. Book and lyrics by Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker, music by Theo Caplan and Tom Slade.2019-02-18T21:15:00+00002019-03-09T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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The Crown Dual (Work In Progress)The Crown Dual (Work In Progress)Daniel Clarkson parodies the successful Netflix series The Crown with this outlandish reimagining of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II. Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy are directed by Owen Lewis.2019-02-24T19:00:00+00002019-02-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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The Crown Dual (Work In Progress)
Author, Composer, Soldier-Of-A-SortAuthor, Composer, Soldier-Of-A-Sort2019-03-03T16:00:00+00002019-03-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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The Crown DualThe Crown DualDaniel Clarkson parodies the successful Netflix series The Crown with this outlandish reimagining of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II. Rosie Holt and Brendan Murphy are directed by Owen Lewis.2019-03-12T19:00:00+00002019-04-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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The Crown Dual
UndetectableUndetectableRikki Beadle-Blair directs a sensitive exploration of sex and intimacy by the award-winning producers of 5 Guys Chillin' and The Chemsex Monologues.2019-03-13T20:45:00+00002019-04-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Undetectable
SickSickWriter and performer Shey Hargreaves draws on her experience as a receptionist in an NHS accident and emergency unit to dramatise how funding cuts have impacted on patients, carers and staff. Directed by Molly Naylor.2019-03-24T19:00:00+00002019-03-25T00:00:00+0000 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Sick
Fat Rascal Theatre: VulvarineFat Rascal Theatre: VulvarineCritically-acclaimed Fringe hit following Bryony as her hormone therapy goes wrong and with a well-timed bolt of lightning, she turns superhero to save womankind.2019-06-11T20:30:00+01002019-07-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The King's Head, 115  Upper Street      N1 1QN
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Canonbury Overground Station
 
16 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 £84  29% 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 > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £73  29% off
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
 
 
 
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £52  25% 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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Alternative Theatres nearest The King's Head

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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Little Angel Studios
London > Entertainment > Theatres
1 Sebbon Street, N1 | 5 minutes from The King's Head
Just a few minutes walk from the Little Angel Theatre on Dagmar Passage, Little Angel Studios offer three studio spaces ... More
 
 
 
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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 ... More
 
 
 
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Angel Comedy Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
The Camden Head, 2 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
Stand-up comedy every night of the week, with the programme ranging from new comedy talents to well-known TV stalwarts trying out new material. ... More
 
 
 
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Islington Assembly Hall
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 5 minutes from The King's Head
Opened in 1930, Islington Assembly Hall, the headquarters of the Borough of Islington, was extensively refurbished in 2010 by Islington Council to become a live music ... More
 
 
 
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Pour It Up
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 - 8pm
The King's Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
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Saint V Festival
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Saturday 16th February 2019 - 4pm-10pm
The King's Head, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, N1 | 6 minutes from The King's Head
A one-off pop festival on two stages, featuring Toploader and other acts....More
 
 
 
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Not Another Indie Disco
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Saturday 16th February 2019 - 10.30pm
The King's Head, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, N1 | 6 minutes from The King's Head
Resident DJs spin 00s, 90s and new indie music....More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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The Enchanted Christmas House
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
2-18 Britannia Row, N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
The immersive Enchanted Christmas House adventure for children aged between one and eight welcomes youngsters into a house of dressing up, biscuit decorating and theatre, ... More
 
 
 
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The Islington Metal Works
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
7 Torrens Street, Islington, London 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
 
 
 
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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
The flagship store of this art mini-chain stocks something for everyone from the eager beginnner to the consumate expert - water colours, oils, drawing and much ... More
 
 
 
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Cass Art Islington
London > Shopping > Art and Design
66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
Art shop in Islington that also hosts drawing events. ... More
 
 
 
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Jewel
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from The King's Head
A showcase for two jewellery designers Lesley Vik Waddell and Kirt Holmes, this is a very pretty little shop and is filled with deliciously frivolous trinkets ... More
 
 
 
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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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Chinese Laundry
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
107 Upper Street, N1 | Same location as The King's Head
Chinese Laundry is a kitsch and casual dining room inspired by 80s Chinese family life and food. Designed to look like a Chinese home with decor ... More
 
 
 
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1251 by James Cochran
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
107 Upper Street, N1 | Same location as The King's Head
James Cochran leaves his EC3 restaurant in the City to set up 1251 , a modern British restaurant where he showcases his ... More
 
 
 
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London Flower School
London > Education > Professional Training
16-20 Wharfdale Road, N1 | 15 minutes from The King's Head
Whether a beginner, thinking of making it your career or an experienced florist, the London Flower School can help you to improve. ... More
 
 
 
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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 17 minutes from The King's Head
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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Aga Khan Centre
London > Education > Adult Education
10 Handyside Street, N1C | 18 minutes from The King's Head
A place of education, knowledge, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim civilisations, the Aga Khan Centre brings meeting rooms, an exhibition space and ... More
 
 
 
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Frame King's Cross
London > Leisure >
Arthouse, 1 York Way, N1C | 17 minutes from The King's Head
With Frame founders Pip Black and Joan Murphy set out to create a fun approach to fitness. What started out as a Shoreditch ... More
 
 
 
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London Fencing Club
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Norman Street, Clerkenwell, London 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
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London 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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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The Drapers Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, London N1 | 6 minutes from The King's Head
Ben Maschler (son of Evening Standard food critic Fay) and Nick Gibson have taken over The Drapers Arms in Islington and improved on what was already ... More
 
 
 
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The King's Head clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Simmons Angel
London > Nightlife > Bars
43 Essex Road, N1 | 2 minutes from The King's Head
Specialising in l ate night cocktails, long happy hours and disco dancing, Simmons bars have been popping up all over town ... More
 
 
 
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Colebrookes
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
If the Government want to encourage more of a European café culture, they should send someone down to Colebrookes to take a look. Colebrookes takes the ... More
 
 
 
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Dirty Martini, Islington
London > Nightlife > Bars
74 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from The King's Head
This chain of glamorous cocktail bars is a great spot for after work drinks and big nights out, with regular happy hours and drink deals. There ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The King's Head.
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Union Chapel
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 8 minutes from The King's Head
... More
 
 
 
 

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Prince Charming
Prince Charming
Theatre | Until 7th April 2019 

Little Angel Theatre 2 minutes walk from The King's Head

A musical for children exploring anxiety and how to cope with it....More

 
Pour It Up
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 17th February 2019 

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

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Angel Comedy
Comedy | On 16th February 2019 

Angel Comedy Club 3 minutes walk from The King's Head

Guest acts take to the stage for a night of comedy at this flagship night....More

Not Another Indie Disco
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 16th February 2019 

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

Resident DJs spin 00s, 90s and new indie music....More

Saint V Festival
Concerts | On 16th February 2019 

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

A one-off pop festival on two stages, featuring Toploader and other acts....More

Club De Fromage
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 16th February 2019 

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

Residents and guests play rock and pop anthems from Lady Gaga, Queen, Take That and more....More

Age Of Consent
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 16th February 2019 

The Lexington 11 minutes walk from The King's Head

The resident selectors spin sounds from the 1980s of all genres....More

FM-84
Concerts | On 16th February 2019 

The Garage 12 minutes walk from The King's Head

Eighties-inspired synth pop outfit from San Francisco plus special guest Timecop1983....More

Let's All Dance: Alice In Wonderland (Ages 2-11)
Dance | On 16th February 2019 

Sadler's Wells: Lilian Baylis Theatre 12 minutes walk from The King's Head

A small-scale children's ballet based on Lewis Carroll's fantasy novel, set in the curiouser-and-curiouser world of the White Rabbit, the ...More

London Sinfonietta
Concerts | On 16th February 2019 

Kings Place 17 minutes walk from The King's Head

Explore the emergence of Minimalism through Steve Reich's Clapping Music, Nagoya Marimba, Mallet Quartet and Music For 18 Musicians. Presented ...More

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Queen's Yard Summer Party
Queen's Yard Summer Party
Foodie Events | From 4th May 

Various Venues East London

Expanding to a two-day event in 2019, the Queen's Yard Summer Party sees 20 venues ...More

 
The Phlebotomist
Theatre | From 19th March 

Hampstead Theatre

Following a sold out run Downstairs in 2018, director Sam Yates revives Ella Road's provocative drama about a dystopian future on the theatre's main stage. The "terrific" (The Guardian) Jade Anouka plays Bea, who falls ...More

Vapiano Centre Point
Vapiano Centre Point
Dining 

Located within the Centre Point development, Vapiano is a pasta place where you top up ...More

 
Alys, Always
Alys, Always
Theatre | From 25th February 

The Bridge Theatre

Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna in Downton Abbey, takes on the lead role of Frances ...More

 
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Theatre | From 3rd June 

The Bridge Theatre

Reuniting the creative team who presented Julius Caesar at the Bridge in 2018, an immersive production of A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to the Tower Bridge theatre in summer 2019. Nicholas Hytner directs Shakespeare's comedy ...More

A German Life
A German Life
Theatre | From 6th April 

The Bridge Theatre

Dame Maggie Smith returns to the stage for the first time in twelve years to ...More

 
The Bay At Nice
Theatre | From 14th March 

Menier Chocolate Factory

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond star in a new revival of David Hare's The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory with Richard Eyre directing. In the 75-minute play, set in Leningrad in the ...More

Fiddler On The Roof
Fiddler On The Roof
Theatre | From 21st March 

Playhouse Theatre

Proud father Tevye struggles to maintain his family's Jewish traditions in turn of the 20th ...More

 
Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical
Theatre | From 21st March 

Arcola Theatre

Michael Arndt's Academy Award-winning film brought a little ray of sunshine to our lives in 2006 and this musical adaptation directed by Mehmet Ergen is set to do ...More

Emilia
Emilia
Theatre | From 8th March 

Vaudeville Theatre

Hailed as "an act of revolution" (The Times) and "a landmark moment in the history ...More

 
Bite Me
Bite Me
Theatre | From 13th March 

The Vaults

Joanne McNally's play about a diet, where not only did she lose weight, she lost ...More

 
The Oak W2
The Oak W2
Dining 

Set on the cusp of Notting Hill on Westbourne Park Road, The Oak W2 is ...More

 
Teatulia
Teatulia
Dining 

This Covent Garden tea bar serves single-origin tea, tea-infused cocktails, a library of books and ...More

 
Barry's Bootcamp Canary Wharf
Barry's Bootcamp Canary Wharf
Sport 

Set up by LA based celebrity trainer Barry ...More

 
Barullo
Barullo
Dining 

Victor Garvey, of award-winning Catalan restaurant Rambla, is behind this fun, colourful Spanish restaurant in ...More

 
The Oak SW11
The Oak SW11
Dining 

From the owner of The Bird in Hand in Brook Green and The Oak in ...More

 
Tate to Tate
Tate to Tate
Transport 

This slick river service transports art lovers from one of the city's best galleries to ...More

 
W12 Studios
W12 Studios
Dining 

A creative, communal space with room for 450, W12 Studios combines street food with music ...More

 
London Events 2019
Feature 

Cate Blanchett comes to the National Theatre in 2019, the Spice Girls reunite and Christian Dior is the Designer of Dreams at the V&A. New musicals are dedicated to Dolly Parton, Pirates and Mary Poppins, ...More

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