Full disabled access, Toilets, Partial disabled access
Grade II listed. Original Art Deco style interiors, staircases and the impressive council chamber. Original clocks, paintings and decorative panels have survived for nearly a century in this lovely municipal building.
Islington Town Hall was designed by E C P Monson. Although it bears the date 1925 over the entrance, it is old-fashioned for its date; the interior harks back to pre-World War I styles, albeit successfully carried out.
The stone-clad facade is asymmetrical with the entrance front stretched southwards to attach it to the Assembly Hall next door. Both sections share a pattern of composite pilasters flanking metal-framed windows, and the Town Hall doorway is crested by a ponderous stone lintel with carving above it. A parapet with central wreath and garlands completes the elevation to Upper Street.
Inside, the foyer is floored in marble, low and centrally top-lit at landing level. Broad stairs lead directly to the Council Chamber through its ante room, their marble newel posts elegantly capped in bronze. In the foyer stands a plaster model for the statue of Sir Hugh Myddelton by F G Anstey, the stone version of which marks the junction of Essex Road and Upper Street a few hundred yards to the south. The ante-room is barrel-vaulted with painted plasterwork.
The octagonal Council Chamber is side-lit by lunettes with pretty stained glass, with fine panelling below, the angles marked by paired columns. Both panelling and seating for council members are richly carved to a high standard and the walls are hung with swags and garlands of fruit and flowers. The front of the dais is similarly decorated, while Ionic columns and a triangular pediment frame the Leader’s chair.