Friendly and peaceful yet fantastically positioned for the City and central amenities
"This inspiring mosaic in Angel reminds me every day to do what I love!"Daniel Burrell
"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."Daniel Burrell
Where do Islington locals go?
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
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
Great wine, superb food and awesome al fresco dining in their garden during the warmer months.
Submitted by James
The Honest Burger cocktails are absolutely fantastic and the staff are exceptionally friendly too!
Submitted by Gabriel
The most sophistication you can find between two kebab shops on a roundabout. A speakeasy-style cocktail bar underneath the adjacent shops, serving the best cocktail creations in town.
Submitted by Matthew
The Camden Head
A fantastic boozer in the heart of Camden Passage. Sit out in the beer garden watching the locals mooching around the market stalls.
Submitted by Annabel
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
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 best place to quaff on the finest wines around without having to buy a bottle! Very highbrow.
Submitted by James
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 Breakfast Club
Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.
Submitted by Andrew
Quirky interiors and crazy cocktails, this restaurant-cum-club is great for a number of different occasions.
Submitted by Daisy
Bread and Butter
Serving the best breakfasts in Dalston, lovely fresh organic food, amazing juice and great coffee. The tortilla with loads of cheese is a great hangover cure!
Submitted by Shanola
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Proper coffee in warehouse-style surroundings and food too, served from breakfast through to dinner.
Submitted by Amelia
Why do you find Islington a great place to live?
"I love the vibrancy of Islington - the streets are full of restaurants from different cultures. There's also green space in central London. Plenty to see and do here. Plus of course there's Arsenal FC!"
"Islington is a great balance of lively night-life and lovely places to chill out. It's a foodie's paradise with virtually every cuisine covered and a variety of settings from very formal to relaxed to cheap and cheerful. There's even great cinemas, theatre and music venues and unique and chain shops. The convenience factor's pretty good too with decent sized supermarkets, bus, tube and train transport and an ea... more
"The local council works hard to clean up and empty our bins"
"North London has become one of my favourites places in London, mainly due to the many things there are to do, food, entertainment, socialising. I've made more friends living here that I have anywhere else, love that! I love that everything is within reach and a few minutes walk to exciting parts of east London, Shoreditch and hackney for instance. It has a quiet aspect considering its quite central, so if you love the city... more
"Fantastic area, great bars and restaurants for socialising, parks for jogging, and shops, it's like being in a village in London."
What do you like about Islington?
Did you know?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near Islington
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
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
The Life Centre - Mummy and Babies YogaPopham Community Hall
Classes are designed as a joined practice exploring the yoga world of movement through your child's eyes, combining songs, games and props. The practice is fun, encouraging children to maintain their curiosity in movement and the world around them as well as develop self awareness and self confidence. Website
The City Dance AcademyPopham Community Hall
Introduce all forms of dance as a fun and enjoyable experience, whilst maintaning its traditional discipline. We want our pupils to build confidence and gain a sense of achievement through their learning as well as developing listening and group work skills. Above all we wish to develop in all of our pupils an awareness of one's body and their surrounding space, co-ordination, strength, flexibility and fitness, grace, musicality and freedom of expression. 30 min Nursery class - £81.00 per term 30 min class - £78.00 per term 45 min class - £87.00 per term 60 min Prep/nursery ballet & tap class - £162.00 per term Website
How Schools Work Class at Parent HouseThe Parent House
The Parent House aim to improve the aspirations and lives of parents and carers who are at risk of exclusion, poverty and isolation. Website
Saturday Puppet ClubThe Little Angel Theatre
This term you are invited to come and make your own puppet inspired by our new production of The Paper Dolls and learn how to be a puppeteer! Members undertake a weekly Saturday morning activity creating their own puppets and developing a short play for performance. The term culminates in a grand finale for friends and family using the puppets they have made. Saturday Puppet Club is split into two age groups. This class is for kids only, members are left with our trained team of workshop leaders and assistants for the duration of their session. 5-11 years old: £95 per person/£65.00 concessions Website
Baby and Postnatal YogaMoving Arts Base
Yoga classes for babies. class includes postnatal recovery postures for mum, which restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor muscles, help regain your postures, prevent stress incontinence and womb prolapse, and relieve shoulder, neck and back discomfort which are all common postnatally. Website
Islington is the central district of the London Borough of Islington. It is an inner-city district in London, spanning from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields, encompassing the area around the busy Upper Street. The name is now also often applied to the areas of the borough close to Upper Street such as Barnsbury, Canonbury, and De Beauvoir Town, developed in the Georgian era. Islington grew as a sprawling village along the line of the Great North Road and has provided the name of the modern borough. This gave rise to some confusion, as neighbouring districts may also be said to be in Islington. This district is bounded by Liverpool Road to the west and New North Road to the south-east. Its northernmost point is in the area of Highbury. The main north-south high street, Upper Street splits at Highbury Corner to Holloway Road to the west and St. Paul's Road to the east. The area round Angel tube station is sometimes considered a district in its own right, The Angel, Islington. The area is well served with bus routes, with a major bus interchange located near Angel tube station. Red route and residents' parking restrictions apply throughout the area.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- King's Cross
- Caledonian Road
- De Beauvoir Town
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