Islington and surrounding areas
A locals' guide to Islington and surrounding areas
"I love walking down Upper Street and choosing where to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner - the choice is amazing!"Daniel Burrell
"This inspiring mosaic in Angel reminds me every day to do what I love!"Daniel Burrell
"Canonbury and Islington are renowned for their beautiful Regency architecture that attracts so many of the local residents."Daniel Burrell
Where do Islington and surrounding areas locals go?
Long lazy Sundays or a swift ale after a busy day at work, The Baring is an ever popular watering hole that also has a serious Tuesday night quiz!
Submitted by Chris
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.
Submitted by James
Vintage and antiques shops, Camden Passage oozes character and quirkiness with great places to have a coffee or dine. Oh so pretty and quaint!
Submitted by Annabel
Mem & Laz Brasserie
An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!
Submitted by Angela
I love a weekend walk along Regent's Canal with a glass of rosé from Towpath.
Submitted by Esme
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.
Submitted by Beniamino
Salvation in Noodles
Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.
Submitted by Samuel
The De Beauvoir Deli Co.
This is a fab little deli with homemade cakes, tonnes of local produce and some really great cheese! There's always people sat outside enjoying a sandwich and a coffee...
Submitted by Amie
The Honest Burger cocktails are absolutely fantastic and the staff are exceptionally friendly too!
Submitted by Gabriel
The best place to quaff on the finest wines around without having to buy a bottle! Very highbrow.
Submitted by James
The Museum of the Order of St John Cloister Garden
A wonderful quiet garden for people in the know and ideal to sit in on a summer's day. Make sure you also take time to find the entrance to the original crypt, a wonderfully thematic space with tombs dating back hundreds of years.
Submitted by Adrian
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!
Submitted by James
Just down the road from Sadler's Wells Theatre, this exceptional gastro pub is packed before a show - and rightly so.
Submitted by Stephen
Why do you find Islington and surrounding areas a great place to live?
"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!"
What do you like about Islington and surrounding areas?
Did you know?
"27 Canonbury Square became the residence of famous novelist George Orwell after bombing forced him out of his home in St John's Wood in 1944."
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Child-friendly activities near Islington and surrounding areas
Rachel Francis MassageSt. Mary Magdelene Academy
Baby massage classes by Rachel Francis. Website
Baby Sensory AngelThe Slug and Lettuce,
The various baby activities aim to build up a vocabulary of sensory experiences (e.g. visual, auditory and tactile), to enhance physical contact (massage, reflexology, touching, cuddling and rocking) between you and your baby and to promote the development of speech through the use of sign language, music, song and puppets. Website
Piccolo Singing, Music & Dancing - Hanbury ArmsHanbury Arms
Piccolo is a fun packed 45 minute drop in session for babies and toddlers featuring action songs, puppets and musical instruments. Website
Ballet North Prep BalletWilson Room
Following the IDTA syllabus these classes aim to teach the basics of good ballet technique improving coordination, flexibility, musicality and concentration. Suitable for boys and girls age 4 upwards, children may also enter IDTA examinations in this class if they wish to do so and if it is deemed suitable by the teacher. Website
Ballet NorthPulse Dance Studio
Ballet North offer dance classes to all ages following the world renowned International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) Syllabus. Taught by IDTA accredited teachers, students are encouraged to develop their natural ability and creativity in a safe and friendly environment, with an equal emphasis placed on technique, discipline and enjoyment. Website
Hatching Dragons Shadow PuppetryLift
Introduce your tots to the language and culture of China through song, dance and some amazing shadow puppetry. Website
Ballet North Mummy & MeWilson Room
Suitable for children ages 18 months plus and their parent/ guardian, Mummy and Me classes explore different music and characters to create movement and get children moving and interacting in a fun and safe environment. Website
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Why not explore some other local areas:
- Caledonian Road
- King's Cross
- De Beauvoir Town
- Newington Green
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