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Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi

Not great if you're on a budget. However, if you want to push the boat out and want tasty Turkish-inspired food, you're in luck!

69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row

One of London's best kept secrets. The size of a small living room, but serving the best experimental cocktails around. The bar uses spirits and drinks that it infuses itself in a drinks laboratory and the staff wear lab coats.

Camden Passage

Camden Passage

Vintage and antiques shops, Camden Passage oozes character and quirkiness with great places to have a coffee or dine. Oh so pretty and quaint!

Mem & Laz Brasserie

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

The Free Association

The Free Association

A world class improv comedy theatre tucked away above De Beauvoir Arms pub on Southgate Road. Shows multiple nights a week featuring future and current TV and live comedy performers.

The Canonbury Tavern

The Canonbury Tavern

A public house since the early 1700's, The Canonbury Tavern was refurbished in 2009 giving the residents of Islington one of the best pub gardens in the city and a superb roast lunch on a Sunday. Moreover, the beautiful garden offers an escape from chaotic city life.

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

There isn't a vegetable or a piece of fruit that you cannot buy here. Amazing presentation and CHEAP!

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Bourne and Hollingsworth

You may have to book really far in advance, but the brunch with bottomless cocktails is definitely worth the wait! Make sure you try the French toast with clotted cream, berries and honey...

The Slaughtered Lamb

The Slaughtered Lamb

Great atmosphere, live bands, excellent wine! Sometimes you see the cast of Eastenders and Ed Sheeran in here.

Look Mum No Hands

Look Mum No Hands

A great concept for anyone who loves cycling. Full-time mechanics working upstairs that can help with flat tyres and answer any questions about bikes, as well as a great outdoor area to sit and bask in the sun with a coffee and food.

The Sampler

The Sampler

The best place to quaff on the finest wines around without having to buy a bottle! Very highbrow.

New Culture Revolution

New Culture Revolution

Off the beaten track. Amazing dim sum and very good value for money.

Foxlow

Foxlow

Amazing food! The service is fantastic and the steak and salmon are out of this world...

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.

Sourced Market

Sourced Market

I can get the perfect poached eggs on toast in the morning and then go back in the evening for a bottle of craft beer!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Islington, Canonbury, Caledonian Road, King's Cross, De Beauvoir Town, Highbury, Hoxton, Clerkenwell, Newington Green and Holloway

"The restaurant Granita on Upper Street became well known as the place where Tony Blair and Gordon Brown met to decide who was to become Labour party leader after the death of John Smith in 1994."

Alongside all the restaurants and bars that make Upper Street so popular are the architectural gems that add character to the area.

Nick Batten

I love walking down Upper Street and choosing where to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner - the choice is amazing!

Daniel Burrell

Within touching distance of the West End, yet retaining a vibrant neighbourhood feel, Islington is a smart choice for buyers and tenants.

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  1. I love Newington Green because of the close community and village atmosphere. The proximity to Clissold and Church Street is handy, but Newington Green has most of what you need. This part of Green Lanes is really changing for the better and it's an exciting place to go now!

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Child-friendly activities near Islington and surrounding areas

Young Actors Theatre

Young Actors Theatre
Young Actors Theatre is a theatre school with classes for children, teenagers and adults. For more details of timing contact Youth Actors Theatre. Website

Piccolo Singing, Music & Dancing

Hanbury Arms
Piccolo is a fun packed 45 minute drop in session for babies and toddlers featuring action songs, puppets and musical instruments. Website

Sparky Songs at St Mary's

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre
Sparkysongs is a lively, fun packed weekly music show designed to entertain and educate children aged between six months and five years. The shows include counting songs, songs with actions and songs involving costume, puppets, props and characters. Some are well-known traditional children's favourites and some are new and exclusive to Sparkysongs. The songs are linked by rhymes and comic routines and children have lots to join in with from start to finish. Website

Gwenda Grayson School

St James Hall
Modern/Jazz dance for teenagers. Website

Music Lessons in Studio - Drums, Guitar, Production


Music lessons available in Drums, Guitar, Bass, Music Production and Theory.Ages 5+ welcome.Lessons tailored to suit students requirements in friendly/fun environment in professional sound proofed recording studio moments away from Highbury and Islington tube station.Competitive prices and with friendly experienced teachers. Website

Little Kickers

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
We give your children a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality football skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment. There are four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years of age. It's the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life Website

Stay and Play

New River Green Children's Centre
Come and join us for a fun filled morning of indoor and outdoor activities, stories, singing, toy library and healthy snacks. All Mums, Dads and Carers with children 0-5 welcome Website

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