Friendly and peaceful yet fantastically positioned for the City and central amenities
"Within touching distance of the West End, yet retaining a vibrant neighbourhood feel, Islington is a smart choice for buyers and tenants."Daniel Burrell
"We're so lucky to have so many shops, bars and restaurants right on the doorstep of our office!"Angela Clarke
"Alongside all the restaurants and bars that make Upper Street so popular are the architectural gems that add character to the area."Nick Batten
Where do Islington locals go?
The Honest Burger cocktails are absolutely fantastic and the staff are exceptionally friendly too!
Submitted by Gabriel
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
Mem & Laz Brasserie
An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!
Submitted by Angela
The best place to quaff on the finest wines around without having to buy a bottle! Very highbrow.
Submitted by James
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
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 Breakfast Club
Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.
Submitted by Andrew
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
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
The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!
Submitted by Hollie
The Highbury Barn
One of the most succulent chicken roasts you'll ever taste in a pub, with all of their meats supplied from the organic butcher just across the road.
Submitted by Sarah
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
Yoga Therapy London. - Ante Natal Yoga Islington & Kings CrossElizabeth Garrett Anderson School
Pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences of a women's life and yoga has long been recognised, by doctors and midwives to be one of the most effective means of easing birth. Website
Latino Bambino -- 6 sessionsSt Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
Exercise, Keep fit, have fun and bond with your baby whilst dancing to Latin rhythms. Your baby stays right there with you, snuggled in a baby carrier, whilst you get some healthy exercise that has been devised to be safe and gentle for both you and your little one. Our mum and baby salsa classes are also a great way to socialize with other mums and an opportunity to introduce your child to music and movement through Dance. Salsa Babies(tm) Class: Thursdays 10.45-11.30 Toddler Class (1-4 Years): Thursday 10.00-10.40 6 consecutive weeks block is £57 (£9.50 per class). Discounted £51 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
Birth Preparation & Antenatal Yoganear Angel tube
Yoga during pregnancy is recommended by midwives and doctors. The practices of yoga during pregnancy can do much to improve your overall well-being. Yoga postures are adapted specifically to prepare your body and mind for birth through gentle stretching, breathing techniques and deep relaxation and guided visualisations. Antenatal Yoga £15 drop in or £60 for five classes to be taken within a seven week period. Yoga Birth preparation workshops Price : £80 per couple Website
Relax Stay and PlaySt Silas Church
This group, supported by St Silas, meets every Tuesday morning during term time from 10.00 a.m. - 12noon and is especially for pre-school babies & toddlers and their carers. The cost is £2.00 per child (maximum £3.50 per family). For health and safety reasons, the number of children must not exceed twenty-five. The entry fee includes tea, coffee and biscuits for adults and drinks and healthy snacks for children. Each gathering ends with song-time. Website
Rhythm for Life EC1 Music ProjectArgos
Music, multi-media, arts, crafts, sports, dance, advice, information and support including further education and employment opportunities.
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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