Experimental food and entertainment venue to open in Islington music hall

PUBLISHED: 11:01 26 September 2012

Damian Frizzell, Jennifer Anderson-Mann and Matt Fleming

Damian Frizzell, Jennifer Anderson-Mann and Matt Fleming


A mixture of gothic drinks, experimental food and decadent entertainment is set to arrive at a former Georgian music hall in Islington.

House of Wolf in Upper Street opens on October 5 in what used to be the Albert and Pearl pub and promises a selection of heady delights for pleasure-seeking gastronomes.

The 200-capacity venue has been decked out in a Victorian style with a modern twist and features gas lamps, chandeliers and even a steam-powered conveyor belt, as well as specially commissioned works of art, including sculptures and videos.

In the apothecary-themed bar, customers can enjoy a cocktail from a vase of flowers or shoot a drink from an antique hypodermic syringe into a vintage vial.

Food-wise the House of Wolf will have a series of monthly residencies from some of the UK’s most exiting new chef talent.

The first cook, who will be in place throughout October, is food artist Caroline Hobkinson who will collaborate with an experimental psychologist to create a five-course assault on the senses called Look, Smell, Touch, Eat.

With a nod towards the building’s music hall heritage, the venue promises to host creative events throughout the week, including literary events, creative workshops and art exhibitions – as well as parties on the ground floor.

Damien Frizzell, one of the founders of House of Wolf, said: “We wanted somewhere we could showcase all the creative ideas we have for drinking, dining and entertainment.

“We have got really interesting, experimental chefs but you don’t have to go to a pop-up or a Michelin-starred restaurant – we want to bring it to the masses.

“We also have the experimental drinking which is something quite new. For the music there will be everything from old-fashioned entertainment to full-on parties with established DJs.

“We are not going to be a theme pub, and some of the art installations are very modern.

“Hopefully it will be a place where people can come for a great meal, then stay for a drink, a show and a good night. I don’t think there is anywhere else like it in London.”

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