Experimental food and entertainment venue to open in Islington music hall
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.
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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.
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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.”
n For more information, visit www.houseofwolf.co.uk