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Union Chapel
October, 2006 photo of the Union Chapel
October, 2006 photo of the Union Chapel

51°32′41″N 0°06′09″W / 51.544707°N 0.102503°W / 51.544707; -0.102503Coordinates: 51°32′41″N 0°06′09″W / 51.544707°N 0.102503°W / 51.544707; -0.102503
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Congregationalist
Architect(s) James Cubitt

The Union Chapel is a Grade II listed church and music venue in Islington, North London. It is off Upper Street, near to Highbury and Islington station.

An example of Victorian gothic architecture, it was designed by James Cubitt, and constructed between 1874 and 1877, with further additions 1877-90, providing an ambitious new Congregationalist Church for Henry Allon.[1] The 'Union' in the name refers to the civil administration of Islington at the time, not to trades unions - the pre-1899 London parishes were administered by bodies known as unions (a term deriving from the Poor Law) or vestries.

The venue's capacity is around 800 and is used by artists for intimate gigs. It was awarded The Time Out Live Venue of the Year 2002 but closed for arts events in January 2005.[2] In November 2006, it was host to the Little Noise Sessions series of concerts for the charity MENCAP, which included headliners Noel Gallagher, Keane, The Kooks and Amy Winehouse. It has also hosted concerts by Brett Anderson, Goldfrapp, Morcheeba, Björk, Snow Patrol, Michelle Shocked, Paul Kelly, Beck, Damien Rice and Patrick Wolf. About 200 music fans were treated to an impromptu set by U2 stars Bono and The Edge for MENCAP on November 23, 2007. More recently David Byrne (former frontman of The Talking Heads) performed a set for BBC Four.


  1. ^ Little Noise Sessions MENCAP. Accessed November 25, 2006
  2. ^ Union Chapel: Arts Accessed November 25, 2006

In pop culture

The Union Chapel was used for a major scene in the film Who Dares Wins.

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