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Islington

Friendly and peaceful yet fantastically positioned for the City and central amenities

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

Angela Clarke

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

Daniel Burrell

"Granary Square has made King's Cross unrecognisable!"

Claire O'Donnell

What is your favourite place?

Where do Islington locals go?

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

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!

New Culture Revolution

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

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

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

The Breakfast Club

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

Honest Burgers

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

Frederick's

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

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Proper coffee in warehouse-style surroundings and food too, served from breakfast through to dinner.

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.

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 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.

The Sampler

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

Highbury Arts Club

Amazing place, so small that you may miss it if it isn't recommended! A family run business close to Highbury Barn, perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. They have now started doing jazz nights on a Thursday too.

Tangerina

Great breakfasts and lunches and the only café in the area to open early. And they have food from Brazil too! OMG, I am so excited that this is my new local!

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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

What do you love about Islington?

Why do you find Islington a great place to live?

Louise

"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!"

February 2015

Alice

"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

February 2015

Jamari

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

February 2015

Temi

"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

December 2014

Beatrice

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

December 2014

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"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."

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Child-friendly activities near Islington

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

The Half Moon Crescent

The Half Moon Crescent Community Hall
Take your child on a musical Journey, with our lively, fun classes full of singing, movement and percussion. Jolly Babies is the start of our musical journey, we will wave and clap, sing and dance.Simple percussion becomes a favourite, as will the bouncing and bubbles. A wonderful opportunity to bond with your baby, to make new friends and to have fun from birth to 15 months old. Website

Ballet North Under 5's 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. £75 per Term Website

Pregnancy Yoga

heart of Angel
Every incredible journey through pregnancy is unique; unique from everyone else, unique to you. Yogita has been created to carry a woman, her baby and her birth partner, through pregnancy and beyond into labour, birth and postnatal recovery. £5 Pregnancy Yoga trial sessions in Islington, N1 on select classes Website

Piano Lessons with Cherry Muckle

West Library
Provide piano classes. Welcome. Whether you're totally new to the piano (and music!), wanting to develop your existing skills or interested in giving your child a unique opportunity for personal development, you've come to the right place. £70 per hour £52.50 per 45 minutes £35 per half hour 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

Relax Stay and Play

St 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
  1. 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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