The Reading Room

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This speakeasy bar with Parisienne influence is a delightful den five minutes from Highbury and Islington station, located on the first floor in Islington's premier late cocktail bar: The Library. Vintage lanterns, including 'the green fairy', give this hideaway a confidential and cosy feel. You needn't worry about running into the ex or the boss in this place, it's your very own secret. 

With a selection of absinthe along with an enticing array of cocktails, do not wander down here lightly. Prepare to get secretly sozzled and emerge in the early hours of the morning with decreased coordination. The Reading Room is open Thursday-Saturday and has regular live music nights so you can forget that busy London street outside and escape into an exciting evening of great entertainment.


No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££


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17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
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The Reading Room
Laycock Street, London, N1 1RU

North London

Nearest station:
Highbury & Islington (Tube)
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This is a very secretive cocktail bar - indeed it's almost impossible to find much about it on the internet. But I would wholly recommend coming, even if it's just for a couple of cocktails before heading somewhere else. Islington has no shortage of options for those going out but this was charming and serene - although the absinthe drinks pack quite a punch!
18 Feb 2016 by alec

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