It’s A Church, A Homeless Shelter… And It Might Even Be London’s Best Music Venue

The award-winning music venue Union Chapel is doing amazing things for its community

Ok, so going to parties in church halls is probably something you thought you grew out of at 14. But get yourself down to a gig at Union Chapel in Islington and we bet you’ll change your mind.

This is one of London’s most spectacular music and event venues. The Grade 1-Listed, gothic architecture provides a truly impressive backdrop… it’s no surprise that some of the world’s most famous musicians come to play here (we’re talking Noel Gallagher, Elton John and the late Amy Winehouse among others).

But hosting big name artists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this unique, not-for-profit space. You’ll also find all kinds of free, community and fundraising events on pretty much a daily basis.

The Daylight Music sessions deserve a special mention, hosting amazing musicians every Saturday.

And then there’s the The Margins Project – Union Chapel’s support centre for people facing homelessness, isolation or in crisis. The Project works with hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, providing everything from a winter shelter and regular drop-ins to a training programme at the on-site Margins Cafe. If you make it to a gig or event, don’t forget to grab some of the homemade food on offer – all proceeds help fund this great project.

There are lots of way to get more involved with the inspiring work of Union Chapel: volunteer, become a member, join the choir or simply donate to the cause. But if none of those float your boat, just turn up to a gig, grab some food and you’ll know that every penny is going to support one of London’s most iconic venues and all of its great work.



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