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London: Free Saturday concerts at the Union Chapel

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Jonathan Coulton performing with Paul and Storm at Union Chapel. Photo: Liam Gladdy

By Lara Kavanagh in London—

The Union Chapel is arguably London‘s most atmospheric concert venue, with its soaring ceiling, solid church pews and killer acoustics. The chapel, which is still a working church, hosts a full concert program, with performances several nights a week.

While tickets for evening gigs are generally not too expensive (most from £15-25), you could opt for some daytime entertainment, which comes, amazingly, free of charge.

Free Saturday concerts

The Daylight Music events stage gentle sessions of folk and indie sounds on several Saturdays each month, with recent acts including Her Name Is Calla and Nadine Khouri. You can’t beat the haunting reverberations of the chapel for bringing out the richness of vocals and instruments, and your eye is met by Gothic splendor with every turn of the head.

Once your chills have subsided, you can buy tea, coffee and cake from the tables at the back. All proceeds go to Margins, a support organization for the homeless which works closely with the Union Chapel.

The next event is on May 7, 2011, featuring artists Gill Sandell, Evi Vine and Waverley Keys. Doors open at 12 p.m. and the event generally lasts a couple of hours. Entry is free, however donations are gratefully received.

Union Chapel
Compton Avenue, City of London
Greater London N1 2XD
Web site (with full event listings)

About the author

Lara Kavanagh

About the author: Lara Kavanagh is a travel editor and freelance writer based in London, and has also had the great pleasure of living in and writing about Paris. Top vintage shopping, great food and quirky nightlife are her favourite things about London.

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