Debauchery, dalliance and downright decadence at The Dolls House Islington
Debauchery, dalliance and downright decadence – It all sounds a bit suspect; sordid and stickling but what would a stately home be without an air of pretence, and indefinability.
The Dead Dolls newest sipping to savour haunt does its Islington home justice. The Victorian townhouse – a regular on the entertainment scene since 1856 – is five floors of indulgence.
Pre-drinks at The Dolls House Islington begin in the parlour before things quickly escalate – via a winding staircase – in the library, complete with a fireplace. There’s the drawing room with cocktails and finally live music and fine dining in the ballroom.
The members-only affair makes imbibers’ needs a priority, where every drink is a work of art. This is just another bar. A small but innovative menu means classic cocktails by convivial bartenders who really know their craft. Call them cocktail connoisseurs if you must.
The décor is as we’ve come to expect from a Dead Dolls visit: an incredibly unapologetic space drowning in architectural history is cleverly juxtaposed with the contemporary and simple design approach of felt-tip to white wall. Clean bold lines make up much of the ornate furniture and suspended accessories of this Upper Street drinking spot. Don’t leave before 4am.
The Dolls House Islington – 181 Upper Street London N1 1RQ
Words by Jasmine Phull, a writer by day, an imbiber by night, sipping sours at the bar is all in a day’s work for our resident bar reviewer and travel writer @f_reshprince