Kings Head Theatre Pub

Greater London North - London

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

115 Upper Street
London, Barnsbury
N1 1QN

Tel: (020) 7226 4443

Email: kingsheadtheatre@youngs.co.uk

Website https://www.kingsheadtheatrepub.co.uk/

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Essex Road

Station Distance: 550m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Essex Road) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Built 1864, a three-storey brick building with a ground floor (maybe added in the 1890’s) including six Ionic columns of polished grey and pink granite. The interior is just one room now but the existence of three entrances show it was originally split by partitions into separate rooms. The room has deal boarding to the dado painted battleship grey, two marble fireplaces, a late-19th century island bar-back with engraved glass in the top part, and a bar counter probably of the same period. The listed description states the bar counter and bar back have probably been reset and possibly altered. The internationally renowned Kings Head Theatre Pub was founded in 1970 and has 110 seats so is one of the largest pub theatres in London

Built 1864, a three-storey brick building with a balustrade and ground floor (maybe added in the 1890’s) including six Ionic columns of polished grey and pink granite and two curved bay windows. The interior is just one room now but the existence of three entrances (the right one has a ‘Saloon Bar’ frosted glass window) show it was originally split by partitions into separate rooms.

The room has deal boarding to the dado painted battleship grey, two marble fireplaces (cast-iron interiors look modern), a late-19th century island bar-back with engraved and faceted glass in the top part, and a bar counter probably of the same period. The listed description states the bar counter and bar back have probably been reset and possibly altered.

The counter front has ornate brackets and is painted black with parts (new panels added?) painted in gold. The island back fitting has columns holding up the main shelf, a door for staff, and it still retains a good part of its lower shelving. Note the stranded dumb waiter on the right which add weight to the theory that the bar counter has moved. A good vestibule with star burst in panels at the top has a door with ‘Toilets & Box Office’ in deep cut glass.

The internationally renowned Kings Head Theatre Pub was founded in 1970 and run by one family for 41 years. With 110 seats it is one of the largest pub theatres in London and now home to an Olivier Award winning opera and theatre company with shows nightly. The theatre is situated at the rear and until recently there was another small room used for dining between the public bar and the theatre.

For years after ‘Decimal Day’ prices here continued to be quoted in pounds shillings and pence using an ornate Art Deco till which has £1 as its biggest figure so you used to hear lots of 'rings' for most transactions! The pub was acquired by Young's in 2014.

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