"There is a lot going on here!"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
When the King’s Head Theatre was founded in 1970, it was the first of its kind to be found in a pub since Shakespeare’s era. London has since seen a whole lot of other pubs join the cast but there’s something to be said for being the original.
The pub and theatre coexist in a historic Upper Street venue. More space is made available to the boozers than the thesps, however, although it may be small, the theatre has made stars out of a number of actors and sent multiple shows into the West End.
With a history that dates all the way back to the 15th century, The King’s Head scrubs up well. Old theatre benches are installed for seating along with a collection of furniture pushed to the edges. A large bar takes care of the middle of the venue and there is a dedicated space set-aside for regular band visits. Yes, live music is the main event here. An eclectic booking policy means that the acts you’re likely to hear are always a cut above the usual pub bands.
With a triple threat consisting of pub, music venue and theatre you can expect the place to be busy, however, with a noisy, jovial clientele, the buzzing atmosphere is a noteworthy attribute that the King’s Head should take pride in.
You’ll find the usual big beer brands on draught, a small wine list and prices that are lower than the Upper Street standards you might expect here. There is a lot going on here and whether you’re in it for the theatre, the live music or just the pub, action is guaranteed.
T.A.O reviewed The King's Head Theatre Pub on Mon 01 Oct 2012