I’ve been so excited to share today’s venue with you! Dead Dolls House is a bar and restaurant on Upper Street in Islington, North London. When I first moved to London I lived in a flat above a shop just across the road, and I still live in the area so it's somewhere I walk past on an almost daily basis. I've popped in for drinks on many an evening, but it wasn’t until I visited recently to meet Emily, the lovely in-house wedding coordinator, that I realised there's more to Dead Dolls House than meets the eye and it's also an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue!

A three-storey Victorian townhouse, perfectly located towards the Highbury & Islington end of Upper Street, Dead Dolls House is almost directly across the road from Islington Town Hall. What could be easier for a cool, city wedding than literally strolling across the road with your guests to your gorgeous reception venue? Alternatively, iconic London music venue and working church, Union Chapel, is just a short stroll along Upper Street and is a stunning ceremony venue.

Dead Dolls House is a really flexible space that is perfect for weddings of every size, from chic, intimate celebrations of 20 people to all-out wedding extravaganzas of up to 280 people! There are four beautiful spaces to choose from, which you can combine depending on the size of your weddings, or for large weddings you can hire the whole venue on an exclusive basis.


The Ballroom is a stunning space tucked away on the top floor of Dead Dolls House. A giant disco ball hangs from the pitched roof and the exposed brick walls and gold gilt trompe l'oeil give the space a really stylish, lavish vibe. It's the perfect spot for cool, city weddings and can hold up to 80 guests for a stand-up reception or 52 for a seated meal. This room comes complete with its own bar and your very own expert mixologists.


The 1st floor of the building is home to two bright, airy spaces which can be hired individually, together or in combination with the Ballroom. The Library is the smallest space and is situated towards the back of the building. It's an intimate room which can hold 30 guests for a stand-up reception or 20 for a sit-down meal. The hand-illustrated walls, period features and industrial light fittings give this room a really stylish edge and it comes complete with boutique bar and your own bartender.


Across the landing from the Library, the Drawing Room is a beautiful, light space with huge sash windows overlooking Upper Street. It's a wonderfully bright space with white, hand-illustrated walls, stripped wooden floors and natural light flooding in. It can hold 50 guests for a reception or 36 for a sit-down meal and like the other rooms it comes complete with its own bar and bartender.

Photo credit - Eva Photography

All three of these spaces can be hired individually or in combination. The beauty of these spaces is that although the main ground floor bar will still be open to the public, you and your guests have your own private entrance and stairway leading to the upper floors, along with your own bars, bartenders and loos, giving you complete privacy whatever the size of your wedding.


The ground floor is home to the Parlour. This is the main 120 capacity public bar and restaurant but can also be hired out privately as part of a whole venue hire for larger weddings. This space has a full bar, DJ set up, projection facilities and lighting equipment. It's a wonderful space for a sit down meal for larger weddings, and for dancing the night away afterwards. Speaking of which, another huge benefit of holding your wedding at Dead Dolls House is their license, which allows you to party to your heart's content until an incredible 4am Monday - Saturday and 2am on Sundays! That's my kind of wedding!

The thing I really love about Dead Dolls House is that it's a brilliant blank canvas, without being completely... well... blank! Each room is really stylishly decorated with lovely period features and cool touches like the exposed brick walls in the Ballroom, or the striking black hand-illustrated designs on the white walls of the Library and Drawing Room. But the pared-back colour palette and simplicity of features like the stripped wooden floors or unadorned sash windows mean it's a venue you can really make your own. A great florist (and there are some amazing local ones, which The Wedding A-List can help you find!) could run riot in this venue and create a wild, decadent atmosphere with bold, abundant flowers. Alternatively, the rooms are stylish enough to stand up to very simple styling for a chic minimalist vibe.

The in-house team, led by wedding coordinator Emily, are hugely experienced and will work with you to create a completely bespoke event, tailored to your style and budget. There are no hire fees (AMAZING!) just a minimum spend depending on the space you choose and numbers. There are a couple of wedding packages but these are really just a starting point, and the team will work with you to design a unique wedding with everything from bespoke cocktails based on your personalities, midnight butties or espresso martini receptions (LOVE this idea!). Catering is in-house and the Dead Dolls House team will create a delicious, seasonal menu for you with canapé receptions, lavish buffets and exquisite 3 course meals all available.

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If you're looking for a chic, stylish space to hold your London wedding reception, I highly recommend checking out Dead Dolls House. It's the perfect mix of beautiful period features and urban industrial luxe, and is a venue you can really personalise with beautiful styling. The privacy of the upper floors is a real asset and means that small, intimate weddings feel every bit as luxurious as larger parties. The in-house team are thoroughly lovely and will work with you every step of the way to make planning your wedding an absolute breeze. What's not to love?!

Photo credit - Matt Parry Photography

To find out more about holding your wedding at Dead Dolls House check out their website or get in touch with Emily directly -, 020 7288 1470.

Photo credit - Eva Photography

Photo credit - Eva Photography

Photo credit - Amanda Forman Photography

Photo credit - Matt Parry Photography

Photo credit - Eva Photography

Photo credit - Matt Parry Photography

Photo credit - Matt Parry Photography

Photo credit - Matt Parry Photography


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