The city has spoken. At the London Music Awards last night, Time Out’s music editor Oliver Keens announced that the Union Chapel in Islington was the winner of our poll to find London’s favourite music venue.
The venue off Upper Street won 18 percent of the votes, making this the second time that the Union Chapel (which remains a working chapel as well as hosting big names such as Adele, U2 and Damon Albarn) has been voted the best venue in London by our readers. Last time we ran a similar poll, in 2012, the chapel only got 15 percent of the votes – so it looks as though even more Londoners have been won over by its grand architecture, perfect acoustics and brilliant line-ups.
Second place in this year’s poll, with 13 percent of the votes, went to Cecil Sharp House, the folk music mecca near Regent’s Park. The headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society narrowly beat Barbican Hall, which won 12 percent, into third place. All three venues – and the other 17 on our long list – are well worth checking out.
Head to timeout.com/music to find out what concerts are coming up at Union Chapel and more great venues across London.