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Access Guide

Tickets & Seating

We will happily reserve appropriate seating for disabled patrons with specific access requirements.

Furthermore if you are unable to attend a concert alone and need a companion to come with you then that companion does not need to buy a ticket.

You just need to buy a ticket for yourself and inform us in advance of the concert of your specific requirements & if someone will be accompanying you. We can then reserve a suitable space for you in the auditorium and make a note for people at the door that two people will be coming in with one ticket. 

Please contact us at / 020 7226 1686 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm).

When you contact us, please provide proof of your disability.

We can accommodate up to 6 wheelchair users and most other requirements, but if in any doubt just get in touch before you buy your ticket.


Please be aware the corridors can appear dimly lit in the evenings.

Stage lighting, which can include LED lighting, will be used for all concerts. Tealights (small candles) are also used for all concerts around the edge of the auditorium balcony.


Building Access

Access is via the main entrance on Compton Terrace (N1 2UN).  There are 3 stone steps at the main entrance. If you require ramped access please contact us in advance so that we can have the ramp ready for you, door staff will also be on hand to provide assistance.

Due to the nature of the building please be aware that the corridors and doorways are often tight or narrow with dim lighting and the floor surface can be uneven.  Stewards are on hand to provide assistance but if this might be a significant hindrance we would recommend bringing a career. Carers do not need to buy a ticket but please inform us in advance if a carer will be accompanying you. 


There is one wheelchair accessible toilet located on the ground floor, accessed from the righthand side of the stage in the Chapel.

For backstage/rehearsal access the accessible toilet is accessed from the courtyard.


Bar access

The bar is located on the first floor via the door on the lefthand side of the stage.  There is one 8 inch step as you come out of the chapel (no ramp) and then a stairlift; please ask a member of staff for assistance operating this lift. There is a longer alternative route avoiding this step is available, please ask a member of staff if you require assistance.

Although there is a no alcohol policy in the Chapel, we can make exceptions when it is not practical for a customer to reach the bar. Please contact the office in advance to make arrangements.

You can contact us at: / 020 7226 1686 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm).



Union Chapel doesn't have its own car park or disabled parking bay, but Blue Badge holders can park

  • on yellow lines where there are no loading restrictions for up to three hours, providing the clock card is displayed and set to your time of arrival. Please note anyone can park on single yellow lines from 6.30pm onwards (unless it is an Arsenal Home Match).
  • in resident bays, and pay and display bays for an unlimited time

There is a short stretch of single yellow line at the front of the Chapel on Compton Terrace and more at the rear of the Chapel on Compton Avenue. There are many residents bays and some pay and display bays on Compton Terrace.

Please check full details on disabled parking in Islington on the Islington Council website.




Public Transport

Union Chapel is approx. 200m from Highbury & Islington station, served by the Victoria line, the London Overground and mainline train services. Only platforms for London Overground lines are accessible by wheelchair.

For detailed travel planning information, please visit Transport for London journey planner.

Click to view Union Chapel on Google maps.


Backstage & Rehearsal Access

Access is via the back entrance on Compton Avenue (N1 2XD).  There is one shallow step and the door is not automatic and is rather heavy. Please use the intercom to ask for assistance if required.. 

The Sunday School Hall, Committee Room and Vestry are located on the ground floor. Please be aware that there are sloping surfaces and a couple of heavy and narrow doorways so please ask on arrival if your require assistance.

The Lower Hall and kitchen are located on the Lower ground level, accessed from the ground floor by 4 steps (no ramp).

The Upper Hall is located on the first floor but is accessible via a platform lift. Please let us know on arrival if you will need to use this lift.