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Flight Club, Islington, N1

56 Upper Street
N1
N1 0NY
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Tris C left this review about Flight Club

Originally known as the Three Wheatsheaves, this pub dates to at least the late 18th century, the current structure rebuilt around 1863 with the name clearly visible to the parapet. What’s also now visible as a result of conversion into the current incarnation, is the fantastic raised ceramic fascia, bearing the legend Barclay Perkins & Co. Surviving Perkins', regalia is exceptionally rare, there being only about six surviving examples, all but one in N1.
On entering, you’re struck by the wonderful glazed Victorian tiled wall mosaic, but closer inspection reveals that it’s a modern reproduction, referencing the pub’s current owner and use. There’s a modern boarded floor and metal topped bar to the left with a multitude of chrome founts but sadly no real ale. Indeed, my Beavertown’s Neck Oil was wrong clipped, so I don’t know what I got but it was quite decent for lager; I didn’t catch the price, but I’ll bet it was dear.
Essentially this pub resembles some sort of recreation Victorian gin palace meets Barnum & Bailey-cum-amusement arcade with elements from a period fairground in the form of a merry-go-round wooden horse with golden rising pole. Wallpaper is also fake 19th century and deliberately distressed. Where there’s no paper, there’s dark wood field panelling, illuminated by fairground lights, suspended from a wooden beamed black ceiling which also exhibits some exposed RSJs. Décor comes in the form of more Victoriana knick-knacks, such as old clocks, Staffordshire porcelain and brassy things such as an old bedpan and fire tongs; Victorian-style prints with brass picture lights are also on show; waist-level lighting comes from Tiffany lamps.
Tables are a bit booth-like, with rear tables being tall metal topped elongated octagonal affairs with pushbuttons to summon service; surrounding stools are conventional and tall.
It’s the unconventional darts theme though that is this pub’s USP: there are five throws, the dartboards sited in slightly recessed circular tunnels and clearly with some sort of sensor system as the score, location of dart on the board and players’ names immediately appear on a visually immersive high-tech overhead display screen, looking like some weapons’ targeting system; it’s less The Indoor League and more a 21st-century take on The Golden Shot meets Nintendo. A further display shows in real-time every dart thrown at all branches and the global total, 115,424,656 at the time of departure. Not a beer belly in site, matches were being played by extremely exuberant groups of men and women, none of whom appeared to be over 25 which is probably the age group best placed to appreciate the pounding dance anthems, rolled out by a DJ with his digital gramophone.
In all, I found this place to be a bit of an assault on the senses and with the lack of real ale, I don’t envisage a return visit, but I wish the budding Jocky Wilsons all the best.

On 20th November 2019 - rating: 3
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Essex Road, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.88 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, 1.11 miles, 21 min walk (show)
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29th Nov 2019, 15:29
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29th Nov 2019, 15:29
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No - Limited covered pavement seating. - last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes - Social darts. - last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Function Room : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 20 November 2019 by Tris C
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