Former Mecca Bingo, 161-169, Essex Road N1 - Islington

Built as the Carlton Cinema in 1930 by George Coles, previously a bingo hall and now in use as a place of worship by Resurrection Manifestations. The building has black, white and coloured faience to the Essex Road front, the rest being of yellow brick with a slate roof. The façade to Essex Road is in Egyptian style. The church has temporary consent for its use of the building, including the temporary division of the main auditorium. Some repairs and restoration have been carried out, but there is evidence of damage to the faience tiles. Proposals for re-use are currently being explored.

Former Mecca Bingo, 161-169, Essex Road N1 - Islington
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: MECCA BINGO
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1292870
  • Local Planning Authority: Islington
  • Site Type: Recreational > Music speech and dance venue


  • Building Name: Former Mecca Bingo
  • Street Number: 161-169
  • Street Name: Essex Road
  • Postcode: N1
  • County: Greater London
  • District / Borough: Islington
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Islington South and Finsbury
  • Region: London

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II*