A stone’s throw from Highbury and Islington Station, perching just on the Highbury Island roundabout, The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar is one of London’s most famous venues for up and coming comics, be it sketch, improv or stand up. With two shows on every evening at 19:30 and 21:00 at just £12 per ticket, a night of merriment is a guarantee.
This hidden gem is also the testing ground for many an established comedian with the likes of Jimmy Carr on my visit trying out new material in the 21:00 show – so you never know who may be upstairs whilst you’re enjoying your drink! Always worth checking the website beforehand as tickets to these shows sell fast!
My date and I were visiting for the first time to see a show by The Feral Pigeons “The Sisters Return to the Isle of Queef!” Inside, the bar was small, yet had a real charm full of the buzz of an excitable audience. Upstairs, a 55 seat auditorium and intimate stage await, a rather unexpected and joyous surprise, it’s not grimy and damp smelling like some London pub theatres, it has all the attributes of a West End theatre but on a much much smaller scale. We enjoyed a warm glass of mulled wine and soaked up the lively atmosphere, with a platter of French bread, pate and warm brie – a perfect pre show snack.
The show was hilarious and we were even treated to a post-show sing along downstairs in the pub afterwards, courtesy of the excitable cast taking full advantage of the piano by the bar. A perfect boisterous end to a thoroughly feel good evening
This venue offers entertainment, good pub snacks, a lively bar with a wicked atmosphere – an undiscovered and charming must see experience, go and check it out!
You can get a bite to eat in the Hen and Chickens but if you fancy going somewhere else there are loads of options on Upper Street.