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Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers

The Honest Burger cocktails are absolutely fantastic and the staff are exceptionally friendly too!

The Camden Head

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.

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.

Frederick's

Frederick's

Great wine, superb food and awesome al fresco dining in their garden during the warmer months.

The Sampler

The Sampler

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

The Baring

The Baring

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!

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

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...

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!

Towpath

Towpath

I love a weekend walk along Regent's Canal with a glass of rosé from Towpath.

Pho House

Pho House

After trying nearly all of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, this is by far the best. The setting is cool with graffiti style art on the walls and the service is excellent compared to other places on the same road. Complimentary tea and watermelon at the end is exactly what is needed after trying the extensive menu of pho, noodles, summer rolls and fresh fish.

New Culture Revolution

New Culture Revolution

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

Tramshed

Tramshed

A Mark Hix restaurant with a huge Damien Hurst cow and chicken on display, created specifically for Tramshed! The menu is simple but very tasty!

Mem & Laz Brasserie

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

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!

Bread and Butter

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!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Clerkenwell, King's Cross, Hoxton, Caledonian Road, Barbican, De Beauvoir Town, Canonbury, Shoreditch, City and Holborn

"The escalators at Angel Underground Station are the longest in the network at 200ft in length and 89ft high."

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

Daniel Burrell

This inspiring mosaic in Angel reminds me every day to do what I love!

Daniel Burrell

We're so lucky to have so many shops, bars and restaurants right on the doorstep of our office!

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What locals say about Islington

  1. 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!

  2. 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 easy (often walkable) commute to Central London

  3. The local council works hard to clean up and empty our bins

  4. 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 but value some peace swell, Islington is a five star for that! It's a lovely, friendly environment for children and families in general :)

  5. Fantastic area, great bars and restaurants for socialising, parks for jogging, and shops, it's like being in a village in London.

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Child-friendly activities near Islington

Ballet North Baby Ballet

Wilson Room
Suitable for ages 2 and a half upwards, Baby Ballet classes are an exciting introduction to the world of dance and creative movement for both boys and girls. These classes will teach the basics of ballet, improve coordination, musicality, flexibility and concentration in a fun and comfortable environment. Website

Imagination Station

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
Imagination Station offers pre-school children the chance to explore their imaginations through music, movement, instruments and specially selected equipment. From a fibre-optic space scene to an underwater expedition both children and adults enjoy our cutting edge adventure music classes! Website

Mum and Baby Yoga - Islington & Kings Cross

St Silas Hall
Suitable from 6 weeks after the baby's birth right up until your little one starts to crawl. The class is a fun way to bond with your baby. There are postnatal recovery postures for mum which restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor muscles, realign the spine and relieve shoulder, neck and back discomfort. The Baby Yoga movements for the little ones are incorporated into songs and nursery rhythms. The session is also a great way to meet other new mums who live locally. Website

Maternally Fit Pregnancy Exercise Classes

The Urdang Academy
Maternally Fit conducts exercise classes for pregnant and post-natal women. Website

Baby and Postnatal Yoga

Moving 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

Ballet North Prep Ballet

Wilson 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

Rhythm for Life EC1 Music Project

Argos
Music, multi-media, arts, crafts, sports, dance, advice, information and support including further education and employment opportunities.

About Islington

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.

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