The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar

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.

The Hen and Chickens - The Sisters Return to the Isle of Queef - Leonie Hill

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.

Useful Information
Hen and Chickens Website
Book show tickets on Ticketmaster
Google Map Link
Nearest Tube/Rail: Highbury & Islington


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