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Assembly Hall

The ground level of the Assembly Hall

Islington Assembly Hall is a stunning venue in the heart of the borough on bustling Upper Street. As well as holding music concerts, fairs and other public events, the impressive space is available to hire for a range of corporate, private and community events.

The grade II listed building first opened in 1930 and was extensively refurbished in 2010 by Islington Council. Today, it retains much of its art deco interior and original architectural detail, including its magnificent stage. Modern enhancements include a high-spec PA system with a range of audio-visual equipment.

The main hall holds up to 600 people standing for a concert or up to 230 in a theatre-style layout for seated concerts, conferences and civil ceremonies. The tiered balcony seats a further 200 guests and is used at the majority of concerts held at our impressive venue.

The venue is located next door to Islington Town Hall and is easily accessible by public transport. It is a short walk from Highbury and Islington, Angel and Essex Road stations, and is served by the 4, 19, 30 and 43 bus routes.

For full details about the venue, including upcoming events, visit the Islington Assembly Hall website. To hear about events first, follow the venue on Twitter and Facebook.

Free community hire scheme

Islington Council Arts team, together with Islington Assembly Hall, are running a scheme offering eight Islington-based community organisations the chance to hire the stunning venue for free. The scheme is now open for applications for eligible organisations that are interested in organising an event to take place here between July and September 2016. Four applicants will be chosen to receive free hire of the hall, based on specific criteria. The scheme will reopen in May for applications for events to be held in January to March 2017, after which another four organisations will be awarded the free hire of the hall for their events. Available dates are limited to Mondays to Wednesdays, and other terms and conditions apply.


For more details of the criteria and to see if your organisation is eligible to apply, please click on the pdf below:

Criteria and guidance notes (pdf)

Apply online

The deadline for applications is Monday 29 February 2016. All applicants will be notified of the decision and if they have been successful or not by Thursday 31 March 2016. To apply, and to see the full terms and conditions, please click on the link below to complete the online form:

Online application form

If you would like to receive a copy of the terms and conditions or have any queries about the Community Free Hire Scheme, please contact the Islington Assembly Hall team on 020 7527 8900 or at

If you wish to hire the venue at other times of year, or if your organisation does not meet the criteria of the community scheme, please contact the Islington Assembly Hall team on the details below.

Contact Islington Assembly Hall

Tel: 020 7527 8900 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)


Twitter: @Islington_AH


Instagram: @Islington_AH

For more information about the venue, visit the Islington Assembly Hall website.​​​