'Italian harpsichords like this were particularly favoured for their ability to fit in lifts when the concert was on the first floor...'
One of our favourite and most regular pub venues, situated close to the fashionable areas of Upper Street and Camden Passage.
The Queens Head in Islington has stood proud on the Essex Road for centuries and is regarded as not only a local pub but also an institution. It is rumoured that the pub may have once been owned, and possibly lived in, by Sir Walter Raleigh, to whom the license is said to have been given by Queen Elizabeth I.
Offering its guests just the right mix of glamour and cool, while remaining cosy and comfortable, the Queens Head has been ornamented with quirky antiques, bespoke chandeliers and vintage sofas. Much notice is paid to the beautiful fireplace, which dates back to the 1600s, as well as the gothic altar which towers behind the bar and, of course, no centuries-old pub is complete without a few ghost stories.
Not only providing customers with much sought after Sunday roasts and treasured pints, this venue presents many regular events. There are weekly DJ nights, pub quizzes and occasional vintage fairs. Comedy gigs are often hosted here alongside speed-dating evenings. Up and coming musicians, as well those already established, including Belle and Sebastien and Noah and the Whale, play gigs in the mirrored upper room. The pub has also become a favourite haunt for photo shoots and various filming projects.