Upper House

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Highbury & Islington Station is within 550 yards

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About Upper House

A beautiful Victorian townhouse in the heart of Islington, Upper House is not only a buzzing brunch hot spot for the locals, but also a very popular venue for private hire. It’s perfect for an abundance of events including intimate wedding receptions, corporate Christmas parties, baby showers, hen parties, photo shoots, meetings… you name it!

Spaces available for private hire span impressively over three floors of the building. On the ground floor you’ll find The Parlour bar, ideal for drinks receptions, as well as twisting and grooving till as late as 4 AM! Another room, The Sanctuary, is a great option for intimate dinners (up to 20 people) to celebrate special occasions in style.

Need a slightly bigger space? Consider the bright and airy Aviary, suitable for up to 50 guests. Bonus points include stunning views of the Upper Street and Islington Town Hall! Last but not least, Upper House’s top floor is home to The Ballroom, an exposed brick wall party space for up to 80 guests. The icing on the cake: all of the rooms boast their own private bar!

Upper House – what you need to know:

- A gorgeous Victorian building
- Located in North London, Islington, N1
- Four spaces available for private hire
- Popular as a wedding venue
- Ideal for private dining, drinks receptions and dancing!

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    Gemma Pecorini
    Feb 2020

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    5 Booked The Parlour for Wrap Party event for 120 guests

    Absolutely incredible time! The staff was lovely and everyone had an amazing evening. The food was delicious and a great value for it's money and the karaoke was a huge hit. I can't thank Manos, Nadine, Antoine and their teams enough for such a spectacular evening. Our entire party had a ton of fun and many stayed until the early hours of the morning. Can't wait to come back to Upper House again!

    There was one stall in the women's lavatory that was out of order but that's truly all I can complain about.

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    Katie G
    Jan 2020

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    4.4 Booked The Ballroom for 40th Birthday Party event for 60 guests

    Great staff and service, good communication, lovely venue, good food and drink. Great party!

    Minimum spend too high, particularly for January. Didn’t come close so was very expensive.

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    Georgia Yexley
    Jan 2020

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    3.5 Booked The Ballroom for Baby Shower event for 50 guests

    Lovely venue and good location, we had a lovely event and the bar staff were fantastic.

    Here is a rundown of the awful experience we had with the venue management at the end of the babyshower.
    At roughly 4pm I asked the barmaid what our current total was, she totalled up the receipts using my phone and came to £400 and added the £90 on my bill to the deposit, noting that I had asked at the start of the event if I should pay or charge against the deposit. Making a discrepancy at that point of £110. During that hour many drinks were ordered by the party including myself BOTH upstairs and downstairs. An hour later I was told we still had to spend £250 for me to receive any of my deposit back.
    Believing this was simply a calculation mistake I explained this to the manager and asked him to check again and speak with his staff so we could pack up our party. Instead, I spent an hour explaining simple math. After saying TWICE to not continue arguing with me about something that made no sense and to let us pack up and send details by email I was followed out repetitively to re-engage.
    To then have the GM tell me I 'had an attitude' as though I was a teenage girl was the absolute epitome of disrespect. It is truly beyond me how at that point, with all the staff confirming the totals made NO SENSE, it was still being asked of me to explain it. At no point did it seem to cross managements mind to discuss it themselves with their staff instead of pressuring us to work it out and avoid destroying our evening.
    What kind of hospitality is that?

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    Tolu Karunwi
    Jan 2020

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Birthday Dinner event for 30 guests
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    Lisa Jasper
    Dec 2019

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    4.4 Booked The Ballroom for Party event for 60 guests

    Venue was amazing and decorated really lovely

    Bar staff were fantastic, very attentive and friendly

    Nadine who organised it for us was readily available and helpful to respond to all queries quickly

    Slightly over priced for size of venue

    Food was ‘ok’ nothing special

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    Lauren
    Dec 2019

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    4.8 Booked The Ballroom for Private Dining event for 40 guests

    Staff were fab, everyone enjoyed the food and the venue looked festively amazing. All our requests were undertaken and everyone had a great time.

    ...nothing really, apart from maybe the toilets could've done with a bit of a clean up following the late departure of the previous party who had the room before us!

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    Robert Eustace
    Nov 2019

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    4.3 Booked The Ballroom for 30th Birthday Party event for 45 guests
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    Danielle
    Nov 2019

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    4.8 Booked The Ballroom for Bar event for 80 guests

    Everything. The staff were friendly and helpful. The venue is gorgeous. The location is very central.

    The food was yummy but could have been presented nicer. Although we did put a lot of things on the designated table so that could have been our fault too!

    There are quite a few stairs to the top room which wasn't ideal for my elderly grandparents.

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    Laura Peli
    Oct 2019

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Party event for 70 guests
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    Annis
    Sep 2019

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    4.8 Booked The Aviary for Party event for 50 guests

    The staff in the run up to the party were so helpful and accommodating. On the night the team were great and our barman was a total star. Every question I had was answered and the team were hugely cooperative. Highly recommend for a party in a private room.

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    catriona mackay miller
    Sep 2019

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    4.8 Booked The Ballroom for Bar event for 30 guests

    Service and staff were great

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    NE
    Aug 2019

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    3.5 Booked The Sanctuary for Baby Shower event for 15 guests

    The Ballroom at the Dead Dolls House had great space and in a nice location, with pleasent staff. We ordered food which everyone enjoyed. Had the projector facilities we were looking for.

    Team need to improve their communication / organisation.

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    Rowena McIntyre
    Aug 2019

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    5 Booked The Parlour for Baby Shower event for 20 guests
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    Zenia
    Jul 2019

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Engagement Party event for 30 guests
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    W12 Studios
    Jul 2019

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Unusual Space event for 43 guests

    We hired the Ballroom pretty last minute for our office's summer party. Nadine was great at helping me organise it and explaining everything to me. They were very flexible with our various dietary requirements and also with how we paid for the event, they were able to adjust to suit our processes which meant that we were actually able to go ahead with the event.

    I had been worried the food might not be enough for everyone but it definitely was, everybody also thought the food was delicious. The staff on the night were very helpful and went out of their way to make sure our night went well and everyone had fun and this was definitely noticed and appreciated amongst staff.

    Everybody said they had an amazing time and they loved the venue and food, I can't recommend this venue enough.

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    Kirsty McFaddden
    Jul 2019

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Bridal shower event for 40 guests

    Fantastic venue and the most amazing day. Good value for money in a brilliant location and beautifully decorated inside. All staff were friendly and helpful and sent all guests upstairs. Easy to organise and emails back were prompt. Couldn't recommend more highly!

    Nothing!

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    Andrew Will
    Jun 2019

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    5 Booked The Parlour for Pub event for 50 guests

    Lovely to deal with and great location. Great selection of drinks available.

    No negatives for us

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    Helen Christou
    May 2019

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    4.4 Booked The Aviary for 30th Birthday Party event for 40 guests

    was an amazing night, everyone had lots of fun! the whole venue had a great atmosphere. would definitely recommend.
    Spiral steak was amazing
    food was great valve

    3 of my guests were still waiting for their food (spiral steak) when everyone had finished theirs.
    Room got very hot, air con didn't seem to do much
    Crispy duck was so crispy that you could hardly chew it.
    drinks were quite expensive compared to the food.

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    Abbie Smith
    Apr 2019

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for 30th Birthday Party event for 50 guests

    Friendly and attentive staff, beautiful spacious room, excellent DJ - great venue for our birthday party. Would highly recommend; thank you!

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    Happy Ballroom Hirer
    Feb 2019

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    4.8 Booked The Aviary for Engagement Party event for 30 guests

    Swift and courteous service - really helpful on emails especially. Open to flexible usage of space and didn’t need to prebook drinks or food. Loved the fact that the bar staff were kind enough to let us stay a little longer than planned.

    Unfortunately, there wasn’t use of a step ladder as promised for us putting up decorations, and they were having Wi-fi trouble on the day. We used our own phone for music in the end for accessing our Spotify playlist as the staff didn’t want us to log out of their Spotify account on the tablet provided to log into our own account to play our own music. This meant I had to go without my phone (when guests were trying to reach me) and had to use my own data for music streaming. Not a biggie - just a slight annoyance. One other thing is that although we had a wonderful time (and it really is a lovely space) those guests with young kids had no suitable options for food and had to go elsewhere.

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    Suzanna Eames
    Feb 2019

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    4.8 Booked The Ballroom for Drinks Reception event for 80 guests
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    Armani afia
    Jan 2019

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    4.6 Booked The Ballroom for Restaurant event for 25 guests

    Very much enjoyed our time their,
    They were accommodating, the space was useful and attended to all our needs. The food was presented well and the bar tender was very helpful. The staff were very friendly and assisted us in everything we needed.

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    Angelica
    Dec 2018

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    4 Booked The Parlour for Baby Shower event for 45 guests

    Staff were very helpful and friendly .

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    Carina
    Nov 2018

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Bridal shower event for 21 guests

    The food was yummy and the customer service was beyond amazing, from Emily answering my millions of questions when I was booking, to the staff on the day doing everything in their power to making us happy and meeting our needs.
    My friend said she had the best bridal shower and the venue was beyond what she expected.

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    Laura Forrest-Hay
    Sep 2018

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    4.6 Booked The Ballroom for 50th Birthday Party event for 80 guests

    The staff were really friendly and got into the spirit of the evening. Always helpful and never hassling. The buffet was great - very tasty. The room is pretty and comfortable. The location is handy for guests - easy to get to.

    There is a limit on the noise level so we didn't dance as much as I thought we would. Could have done with a bit more volume. The chip butties were a bit dry and not really value for money! but the other food was very nice

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    Mireia Borrell
    Jul 2018

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Party event for 15 guests

    Everything was great! The Library is a very nice, cozy room, and we were provided with plenty of drinks, the food was really good (we ordered platters and everyone was commenting on how yummy the chicken was), the music system was great, you can play your own spotify playlist, and it is really a very charming room, with decorated wallpaper, very nice mirrors and elegant. I would definitely recommend it.

    It was really hot, even though there is air con. But I guess it's a common problem, and it was bearable.

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    Ilham
    Jul 2018

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Baby Shower event for 47 guests

    Beautiful venue beautiful food beautiful people had a great time :)

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    Kinga Papp
    Jun 2018

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Bar event for 50 guests

    WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND! Everything was PHENOMENAL :)
    We booked the back area for a leaving do for 50 people.
    The cocktails were great (and good value too!), the food was tasty and the DJ kept us dancing until 3am. The staff was 5*. Emily, the manager was prompt to help us organise it (very easy via email) and Emma and the team were amazing on the day. Anything we asked for was taken care of immediately and with a smile. The door staff was attentive but in a laid-back, polite way. Many guests were gushing about how great of a venue we've chosen.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH Dead Dolls House for making this event a truly memorable one for all of our guests and us!

    Small misunderstanding about the table & chair set up at the very beginning which was solved within 5 minutes.

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    Solène
    Jun 2018

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    4.6 Booked The Aviary for Tea Party event for 30 guests

    Staff was very polite and helpful, especially prior to the event. The bar is really beautiful and the catering was of good quality. I loved the cocktails and the general atmosphere of the bar.

    We had to go and ask several times to have everything that had been ordered prior to the event on the table and waited for tea for a long time. Also with a 2 pound cake charge per person it would have been nice to have been offered a few bigger plates or dishes to arrange my cakes, instead of just small plates with spoons.

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    Brixie Berisha
    Apr 2018

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    4.8 Booked The Ballroom for Birthday Dinner event for 40 guests

    I loved the atmosphere and layout of the venue, and how accomadating Emily and Nadine were with my needs. The wine was great.

    The food that came out wasn't all what the menu I was given stated, and there didn't seem enough of it. Guests had small portions, and those who were vegetarian even smaller. Slightly more food would have been perfect.

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    zeba
    Feb 2018

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Baby Shower event for 20 guests

    Amazing venue and service. Food was yummy! X

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    Emily Frampton
    Feb 2018

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Party event for 80 guests

    Really enjoyable evening! Emily was extremely helpful, and all the staff on the day and beforehand were amazing!
    Will definitely be back soon!

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    Emily Adams
    Dec 2017

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Engagement Party event for 50 guests

    Excellent venue, Emily was extremely helpful on the lead up to the event and the staff on the day were great.

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    Poppy Walker
    Sep 2017

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    5 Booked The Ballroom for Restaurant event for 42 guests

    This was the most amazing venue for our wedding lunch. Emily was great at organising and the whole day was amazing.

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    Gordon Carver
    Jul 2017

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Baby Shower event for 40 guests

    Great central location for a private party. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, making it very easy to book. They alsoprovided us with bespoke cocktail menus which was a lovely touch. The space itself is great and customizable. Above all, they allow external catering, which was a massive help for us.

    Quite a few stairs to get to the top floor, so not suitable for disabled/elderly.

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    Gergana Valova
    May 2017

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Teen Party event for 30 guests

    The friendly staff. The food!

    Everything was ok

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    Vasilisa Forbes
    Mar 2017

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    5 Booked The Sanctuary for Cafe event for 10 guests

    Loved the space and the calm vibe, and staff.

    Nothing! All great

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    Jack
    Mar 2017

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Baby Shower event for 30 guests

    Emily was really helpful during planning, and everything was prepared as discussed before. The bartender we had dedicated to the room was a star. She was super helpful and readily available to take orders. The food was amazing, we mostly enjoyed the chicken and waffles.

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    Ruth Taiwo
    Nov 2016

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    4.4 Booked The Ballroom for Bridal shower event for 15 guests

    Staff were friendly, and flexible, allowing me to personalise the party by controlling the music, moving tables and chairs after food to play games, bringing my own cake etc. Food came out in good time, great location, nice to have a private space.

    Outside space (visible from one of the windows) was quite untidy with chairs/ tables, and the table cloth provided was quite stained in sections, so I was glad I could cover these up with decorations I'd brought.

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    Keshia Scott
    Oct 2016

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    5 Booked The Aviary for Baby Shower event for 45 guests

    I hosted my baby shower here and from the start the communication between myself and Emily the events manager was excellent. she provided me with all the answers to my questions and more. the staff here are very helpful, nothing was too much to ask.

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London, N1 1R…

Highbury & Islington Station is within 550 yards

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