London area of N1 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's N1 neighbourhood

N1 is the most central to London of all the N Postcode districts, with N2-N20 radiating towards the north. It generally covers the Islington area, a vibrant, inner-city district full of shops, boutiques and bars. The area spans from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields, encompassing the area around the fashionable Upper Street. Islington is also a haven for diners, with the vast array of restaurants and eateries reflecting cuisine from all over the world. Sadler's Wells and The Almeida, two of London's most popular theatres, also reside in N1. Described by The Guardian as "the spiritual home of Britain's left-wing intelligentsia", Islington has its own small part in British political history - 'The Granita Pact', the famous leadership agreement made between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, took place at a now closed restaurant on Upper Street. On match days, Upper Street fills with Arsenal fans grabbing a quick bite and a drink before walking to the nearby Emirates Stadium to watch their side.

See our recommended nearby N1 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

N1 Hotels

in or near N1
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
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
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

N1 Entertainment

in or near N1
The Old Red Lion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
418 St John Street, N1, London EC1V
One of London's most famous fringe pub theatres, the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington was founded in 1979 by Charlie Hanson and is a welcome ... More
Sadler's Wells
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, N1, London EC1R
Modern contemporary dance and music performance space. Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and ... More
Sadler's Wells Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Rosebery Avenue, N1, London EC1R
Modern contemporary dance and music performance space. Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national ... More

N1 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near N1
The Islington Metal Works
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
7 Torrens Street, N1, London EC1V
Built in the late 19th century, The Islington Metalworks is a building steeped in history. All three floors were initially used to stable the horses that ... More
Victoria Miro
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
16 Wharf Road, N1, 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
Angel Building
London > Attractions > Sights
407 St John Street, N1, 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

N1 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's N1
Camden Passage
London > Shopping > Markets
Camden Passage, N1, 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, N1, 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
London > Shopping > Specialists
15 Camden Passage, Islington, N1, London N1
'Loop' is a gorgeous shop to do with all things knit. A huge selection of exquisite yarns from around the world as well as haberdashery, vintage ... More

N1 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near N1 London?
The Brasserie on St John Street
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
360 - 362 St. John Street, Islington, N1, London EC1V
Modern European Cuisine... More
The Gate, Islington
London > Restaurants > Vegetarian restaurants
370 St John Street, N1, London EC1V
Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Stella McCartney have all eaten at the original Gate Vegetarian Restaurant in Hammersmith and now Adrian and Michael Daniel, the Indo-Iraqi brothers ... More
Miz en Bouche
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
316 St John Street, N1, London EC1V
French Bistro... More

N1 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London N1.
Duke of Cambridge
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
30 St Peter's Street, N1, 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
William IV
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
7 Shepherdess Walk, N1, London N1
Off the beaten Old Street track, this surreal and spellbinding pub has obviously won a loyal following within months of opening. The friendly management are keen ... More
The Peasant
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
240 St John Street, Clerkenwell, N1, London EC1V
The Peasant is really two different eateries under one roof. Downstairs is a crowded and cheerful gastropub, with a menu of substantial tapas and platters. Upstairs ... More

N1 Nightlife

N1 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, N1, 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
Dirty Martini, Islington
London > Nightlife > Bars
74 Upper Street, N1, London N1
This chain of glamorous cocktail bars is a great spot for after work drinks and big nights out, with regular happy hours and drink deals. There ... More
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Chapel Market, N1, 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

N1 Leisure

N1 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
London Fencing Club
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Norman Street, N1, London EC1V
Excellent fencing courses for beginners with highly trained coaches, good facilities and years of experience teaching this ancient, noble sport. Fencing is very good fun and ... More
London Dance Academy
London > Leisure > The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, N1, London EC1V
London Dance Academy is a dance studio in the middle of the City, five minutes' walk from Old Street and Barbican, which offers dance classes and ... More
Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, N1, London EC1R
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More

N1 Education

in or near N1
LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, N1, London EC1V
This gorgeous 18th century Grade I listed Hawksmoor church is one of a number of London churches which has, in recent years, been converted into a ... More
City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, N1, London EC1Y
City’s Print Journalism course is recognised as the best in London. Although places like Goldsmith’s are trendier, City is respected in the industry thanks to a ... More
London College of English
London > Education > English Language Courses
354 Goswell Road, Angel, N1, London EC1V
... More

N1 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near N1.
Business Design Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52 Upper Street, N1, 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
London Symphony Orchestra St Luke's
London > Business > Venue Hire
161 Old Street, N1, London EC1V
... More
Little Angel Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Dagmar Passage off Cross Street, Islington, N1, 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
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