Always on the look out for alternative and interesting venues, I was really pleased to be told about The Dolls House, which opened in February of this year. It’s situated opposite the very popular wedding venue Islington Town Hall, and would be the perfect place to have a very sophisticated yet alternatively stylish reception.
The Dolls House is a unique building set over three floors in a Victorian house, hand illustrated by co-founder Katy with references to the historic stately homes of her childhood. A warren of stunning rooms – including The Parlour, Espresso Martini Room, The Library and The Ballroom – and perfect for a wedding.
A Little Bit of History and Background to the Dead Dolls Empire…
The original Dead Dolls members’ club in Hoxton was meant to be a short‐lived pop-up thing, but thanks to owners Adam Towner’s and Katy Gray Rosewarne’s fresh and irreverent approach to interior design (think marker pen, hand drawn wall art), a refreshingly different and friendly approach to the concept of club membership, and a playful way of toying with convention yet making you feel right at home, it’s exceeded expectations and led to expanding into this new venue.
Far bigger than the Hoxton club, the Dolls House Islington is a like being in a house in a story book, filled with rooms each with their own character, yet pulled together thanks to Adam and Katy’s design and décor. I was lucky enough to secure the venue as host to my second styled shoot (Tim Burton themed!), and I can confirm that you would have a completely unique and offbeat vibe for your wedding celebrations in this quirky venue. The light in The Library is incredible and magical, and if you prefer something more sultry then The Ballroom is your go-to. It’s an intimate venue and has the feel of the house in a C.S. Lewis or Lewis Carroll book, and yet is completely modern. You have to see it!!
To describe the style of the place? The press release puts it best: Drawing inspiration from a real mix of influences, Katy populates her rooms with monochrome marker pen detail brought vividly to life with features such as the opulent‐looking brushed‐gold table tops and bar, and soft furnishings featuring dogtooth and herringbone patterns with a splash of turquoise. Russian doll‐like, with each room you explore there’s more and more to discover and delight in.
Katy herself explains,
“I love Quentin Blake, trompe l’oeil wallpapers, illustrative picture frames, and all of that lovely ornate antique furniture you get in National Trust stately homes – and since we can’t afford that, I just draw it instead! We’re particularly chuffed with the ginormous 1.5 metre diameter glitter ball we’ve just got our hands on for The Parlour!”
And if that Quentin Blake vibe lends a childlike Roald Dahl‐esque charm to the surroundings, it’s tempered with the knowing, archly humorous quality that runs through every facet of the place.
Address – 181 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Capacity – up to 250 people
Wedding contact – firstname.lastname@example.org