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Published July 27th 2012
Looking for a hip, fun but unpretentious place to hang this weekend? Check out The Library on Upper Street in Islington, a short walk from Highbury & Islington tube.
Instantly noticeable by the purple facade and subtle library-like features, inside The Library has a certain old-world charm with its ornamental bookshelves lined with "vintage" books, and yet at the same time is also modern and cool.
With a DJ and live acts on Friday and Saturday nights, The Library is somewhere you can check out great music with no cover charge and no obligation whatsoever. The beauty of this of course is that as you simply hang out with your mates, you're incidentally exposed to great new music. The Library also holds Acoustic Nights and Comedy nights during the week.
The front room, which would comfortably hold 50 or so people, has several comfy couches as well as tables and chairs for you to position yourself and watch the action on stage. Alternatively you can just chat with your mates and hang at the bar positioned vertical to the stage in the adjoining back room.
The Library has well priced drinks and also serves up amazing Thai food until late in the night. The crowd is trendy but relaxed; anywhere between 20 and 35 years old and equal parts casual and dressed-up. Regardless, The Library does a brilliant job of making everyone feel invited.
Whether you want to cosy up and hide away from the rain or sit out on one of the wooden benches at the front during summer, The Library is a great place to just hang.