Union Chapel

An award-winning live music and entertainment venue in a Grade II-listed gothic building - and also a working church and homeless shelter, providing vital support to disadvantaged people in Islington

Widely regarded as London’s most spectacular music venue, Union Chapel is also a church and charity for homeless and disadvantaged people in Islington. This Grade I listed architectural treasure hosts all kinds of gigs, concerts, exhibitions and events – its stage has been graced by some of the biggest names in music and comedy, as well as community artists, choirs and orchestras.

Union Chapel is home to Live at the Chapel, where you’ll get to see top notch comedians doing stand-up once a month. It also hosts the pay-what-you-can Daylight Music sessions, which showcases incredibly diverse and talented musicians on most Saturdays. Past highlights have included performances by artists from Nils Frahm to Alexis Taylor, Frank Sidebottom to The London Accordion Orchestra and Lisa Knapp to Lætitia Sadier.

 

The Impact

In addition to being an active church and a not-for-profit community space, Union Chapel is also home to The Margins Project – a support centre for people facing homelessness, isolation or in crisis. The Project works with hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, providing everything from a winter shelter and regular drop-ins to a catering training programme at the on-site Margins Cafe. Concert-goers can buy their refreshments from the Margins Café, with all proceeds ploughed back into supporting this great project.

Union Chapel also plays a key role in supporting other charities, offering up its space for fundraising concerts and other events.

 

Here’s what they said

Union Chapel is an amazing space. It is an architectural treasure that’s home to a working church, an award winning venue, a unique organ and The Margins Project for those homeless and in crisis in London.

It’s a rich community where people come to revel, to worship, to listen to wonderful music, to volunteer and to find help when they need it most.

Over the past 25 years the Chapel has gone from facing demolition to being Grade 1 listed and from being virtually abandoned to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors a year.

Union Chapel is now a vibrant hub of activity with a huge amount going on. There are six main groups based here all united by a love for this space and our desire to welcome people to it – we hope to see you here soon.

 

Read more over on GOtilo.org

It’s A Church, A Homeless Shelter… And Quite Possibly London’s Best Music Venue