Party Earth Review When the often frenetic Dalston scene gets too much – or when folks just need a comfortable place to chill – the Marquis of Lansdowne offers a cozy spot for a proper pint, some good conversation, and a little bit of footie... ... read full review
48 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 7XJ
London Overground: Dalston Kingsland
020 7254 1104
M–Th 11am–1am, F–Sa 11am–2am, Su 1pm–midnight
Dalston, London –
When the often frenetic Dalston scene gets too much – or when folks just need a comfortable place to chill – the Marquis of Lansdowne offers a cozy spot for a proper pint, some good conversation, and a little bit of footie on the handful of TVs.
The pub consists of a spacious room filled with wooden chairs, tables, a few comfy leather chairs, and…really, that’s about it. There’s no fancy décor – just high ceilings, big windows, and a thick bar that serves up basic booze that won’t break the bank.
In back, a flat-screen promises most of the big games, but also tunes in to lower league soccer like Peterborough United, while the pool table stays busy with non-competitive groups of friends.
During the week, older neighborhood regulars relax with a frothy round as they peruse the paper, though some of them stick around even after the weekend kicks in and sociable crowds of pre-gamers show up looking for a place where they can hear themselves think.
DJs usually take up on Fridays and Saturdays, though the regular mix of 60s through 80s classics rarely outpaces the din of conversation – and if it does, a smoker’s terrace upstairs provides an easy escape for anyone willing to brave the frigid London summer.
There’s nothing overtly remarkable about the Marquis of Lansdowne, but for many who find themselves on the coattails of a stressful week, unremarkable can be downright marvelous.
Casual locals, tranquil sports fans, humble hipsters, and pre-gamers who want to start the night with a slow burn, mid-20s to 40s+.
DJs on Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm spin mostly chill beats from the 60s through 80s. Ambient rock and indie all other times.
Couple TVs over the bar and one large flat-screen in back tuned to major games and lower league soccer matches, especially Peterborough United.
Pool table. Couple of casino-type bar games.
Downstairs space available for private hire.
No food, but patrons welcome to bring their own. Happy Hour M–F 11am–6pm.
Beer £3+, wine £3–£4, spirits £3. Pool £1/game.
Low key and casual: jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, trainers, a few vintage dresses, with the requisite trendier wear on the pre-clubbers.
Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest, but “busy” for the Marquis is still very chill compared to other area bars, making it a perfect spot to catch up with friends before hitting a loud dance floor nearby.
Duke of Wellington (119 Balls Pond Road) is a corner boozer with a solid beer list, a full menu, movie nights, and a location on a road with the best…name…ever.