London area of Islington guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Islington neighbourhood

Islington mixes elegant Georgian squares inhabited by London's liberal elite with some rough-and-ready bits. This vibrant borough has a thriving fringe theatre scene and a bustling nightlife, centred on the clubs, bars and restaurants of Upper Street, and, if you're planning on partying, the hotels here are a good option. The specialist shops and boutiques in the renowned Camden Passage Antiques Gallery and the surrounding area are an excellent place to buy antiques and bric-a-brac. The area is also home to Arsenal, one of London's biggest football clubs, and The King's Head Theatre, the first and best of London's theatre pubs. Nestled between Essex Road and Upper Street, Canonbury boasts the delightful New River walk, while just south of Angel you'll find a very pretty stretch of the canal.

See our recommended nearby Islington Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Islington Hotels

in or near Islington
Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
53 Upper Street, N1
The Business Design Centre next door is the obvious attraction for many of the guests at this smart, efficient Hilton Hotel, but Islington's excellent restaurants and ... More
DoubleTree by Hilton London - Islington
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
60 Pentonville Road, N1
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Islington underwent a major refurbishment in 2014, transforming the rooms and suites into a stylish accommodation option. The newly ... More
Thistle City Barbican Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
Central Street, EC1V
Near to the City, and convenient for the The Barbican arts centre and Moorfields Eye Hospital, this hotel is modern, clean and functional. Equipped with its ... More

Islington Events

in or near Islington
London > Events > Concerts
O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1
Finnish folk metal band with support from Insomnium and Onmium Gatherum.... More
Club Attitude Presents: TOY
London > Events > Concerts
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London N1
Headlined by Heavenly-signed psych rockers TOY and promoted by the charity Attitude is Everything, Club Attitude showcases measures that improve access to live music for deaf ... More
Lazy Heart Parade
London > Events > Concerts
The Old Queen's Head, 44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1
Six-piece alt folk band started by guitarist and singer Colin Smith.... More

Islington Entertainment

in or near Islington
The Screen on the Green
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
83 Upper Street, Islington, London N1
One of the most striking cinema facades in the city (especially at night when it's all illuminated in startling red and white), the dinky Screen on ... More
The King's Head
London > Entertainment > Theatres
115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1
London's original pub theatre is located in the back room at the The King's Head. It was founded in 1970 by the pub's owner, Dan Crawford, ... More
The Little Angel Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London N1
The Little Angel Theatre was founded by John Wright in 1961 in a derelict temperance hall in Islington. Every type of puppet is used, and themes, ... More

Islington Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Islington
The Little Angel Theatre
London > Attractions > Activities for Kids
14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1
This innovative children's theatre provides a showcase for the art of puppetry. Founded by master puppeteer John Wilkes in the early 1960s, this small, unusual theatre ... More
Angel Building
London > Attractions > Sights
407 St John Street, Islington, London EC1V
Launched in late 2010, the Angel Building in Islington transformed from an under-used early 1980s commercial block into an award-winning office space, reinvented by architects ... More
Victoria Miro
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
16 Wharf Road, Islington, London N1
The Victoria Miro originally opened in Cork Street in London, W1, in 1985. The gallery moved to its present location in 16 Wharf Road, Islington, in ... More

Islington Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Islington
Cass Art
London > Shopping > Art and Design
66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1
The flagship store of this art mini-chain stocks something for everyone from the eager beginnner to the consumate expert - water colours, oils, drawing and much ... More
Camden Passage
London > Shopping > Markets
Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
Hidden down a cobble-stoned Angel backstreet a whimsical collection of odds and ends have been gathered together on a selection of market stalls (not to be ... More
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
A showcase for two jewellery designers Lesley Vik Waddell and Kirt Holmes, this is a very pretty little shop and is filled with deliciously frivolous trinkets ... More

Islington Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Islington London?
Afghan Kitchen
London > Restaurants > Middle Eastern restaurants
35 Islington Green, Islington, London N1
Angel is full of exotic eateries, many of them ridiculously overpriced, and so Afghan Kitchen comes as a spice-infused gust of fresh air. 'Kitchen' is indeed ... More
London > Restaurants > 20 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
One of the few restaurants in the city offering authentic Austrian cuisine, Kipferl in Islington's cute Camden Passage may look like a cake shop - Kipferl ... More
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
106 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1
An Islington institution, Frederick's is a family-run restaurant with a metropolitan feel serving up modern European cuisine to the area's well-heeled diners. Located besides the antique ... More

Islington Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Islington.
The Old Queen's Head
London > Nightlife > Pubs
44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1
A gorgeous antique interior, a delicious menu and some top DJs at weekends. The Old Queen's Head opened with a fantastic recipe for success in 2006 ... More
Duke of Cambridge
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London N1
This pioneering organic pub has done a good job of going gastro without losing the atmosphere of a proper boozer. In part, this is due to ... More
The Crown
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London N1
Modern British cuisine ... More

Islington Nightlife

Islington clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1
If the Government want to encourage more of a European café culture, they should send someone down to Colebrookes to take a look. Colebrookes takes the ... More
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Chapel Market, Islington, London N1
Retro-trendy, infectiously popular, and staunchly pioneering London's first Irish cocktail bar is a welcome addition to Islington's portfolio of drinking venues. A heady mix of curved ... More
The Living Room
London > Nightlife > Bars
18-26 Essex Road, Islington, Islington, London N1
Big screen telly on premises.... More

Islington Leisure

Islington gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
London > Leisure > Fitness
Islington Green, 27 Essex Road, Islington, London N1
Fitness Club ... More
Thames River Adventures
London > Leisure > River Thames & Regents Canal, Islington, London N1
Danny Gillard and his team at Thames River Adventures offer kayak tours of the river Thames and London's canals. Early risers can see the city before ... More

Islington Education

in or near Islington
William Tyndale School
London > Education > Upper Street, Islington, London N1
Islington primary school.... More
City Academy
London > Education > Arts and Drama
35 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1
City Academy is a performing arts schools which runs evening and weekend dancing, singing, acting and modelling classes with top professionals from theatre, film, television and ... More
London College of English
London > Education > English Language Courses
354 Goswell Road, Angel, Islington, London EC1V
... More

Islington Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Islington.
Business Design Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1
Exhibitors love this venue and it's easy to see why. The Business Design Centre in Islington is in a great location just one mile from The ... More
Little Angel Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Dagmar Passage off Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1
A teeny, tiny and wonderful puppet theatre located in a hidden side road backing onto a green church yard ideal for spontaneous picnics with goodies from ... More
Sadler's Wells
London > Business > Venue Hire
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, London EC1R
Can accomodate for up to 2070 people.... More
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