The Camden Head

2 Camden Walk, Islington, London, N1 8DY
Call: 0207 359 0851

Stunning Victorian Tavern on Islington Green

The Camden Head is a Grade II listed red brick Victorian inn-on-the-green tucked away in Islington’s Camden Passage, a bustling alley world-famous for its antique markets and eclectic independent shops. With an ornate original interior of gleaming etched glass partitions, decorative tiles and an island bar illuminated by lavish decorative Victorian lamps, The Camden Head is a rare example of a classic gin palace. Rebuilt in 1899, but established as a tavern on Islington Green since 1849, this handsome pub at the heart of Islington has a large beer terrace overlooking the busy vintage and retro market stalls of Camden Passage.

Hosting regular free comedy nights, The Camden Head offers a welcoming and lively ambience, mouth-watering pub food and drink and the chance to relax after a day’s bargain-hunting.

Islington has a long history as a centre of entertainment, listing 15 inns within the manor as early as 1553. By the 18th century Islington had become a day resort for Londoners, offering tea-gardens, bowling greens and skittle gardens, a fashionable destination for Sunday strollers. Music and variety halls became popular in Islington in the 19th century, the best known of which was Collins Music Hall on Islington Green. Closed after a fire in 1958, the site is now a bookshop, but in its heyday helped to launch the careers of some famous names including Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom and Benny Hill.

Today, lively Islington Green is best known for its bustling cafes, bookshops and restaurants, the famous independent Screen-on-the-Green cinema, one of Britain’s oldest, and the antique and vintage shops and markets around Camden Passage, on which The Camden Head stands, a popular destination for relaxing with friends in a lively and authentic Victorian tavern.

Celebrate with friends in an Islington function room

Our spacious Islington Green function room, complete with stage, is perfect for your special event, whether it’s a birthday party, wedding reception or the annual meeting for your organisation.  Our team are experts in hospitality and will help ensure every aspect of your function runs smoothly. We have an extensive menu of food and drink, so whatever the preferences of your guests, we will be pleased to accommodate them at The Camden Head.

Historic tavern at the heart of Islington Green

The Camden Head in Camden Passage is situated a short stroll from the lovely canalside walks along Regents Canal and the New River Heritage Path. Originally completed in 1613 to bring fresh water to London by entrepreneur Sir Hugh Myddleton, whose statue stands on Islington Green, the 28-mile New River Path runs north from Islington as far as Hertford. Islington City Road Basin, less than half a mile from Camden Passage, is an attractive area for walking and cycling within a landscaped canalside park, the largest stretch of open water in North London.

The Sadlers Wells theatre has been entertaining Londoners in Islington since 1683 and is rated one of the world’s leading dance and performance arts venues. Just a 10 minute walk from The Camden Head, the theatre runs a taster weekend every January, Sampled, showcasing dance from around the world.

Angel Tube Station on the Northern Line is less than a 10 minute walk from The Camden Head, and the A1 passes through Islington’s Upper Street, making this the perfect venue for a celebration or function with guests from near and far, or simply to relax in the company of friends and family.

Function Room Information - Comedy Room
Capacity 60 Private Bar No
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities Fixed Screen, PA System, Projector, Stage, TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Parties, Tour Groups,

The nearest Tube Station to The Camden Head is Angel