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

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 Vegetarian Restaurant
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
The Old Queen's Head
London > Nightlife > Pubs
44 Essex Road, N1, 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
Cafe Kick
London > Nightlife > Pubs
43 Exmouth Market, N1, London EC1R
The original Kick bar and a local landmark, Cafe Kick is a tiny continental-style cafe bar with terrace tables and an endearingly insalubrious interior, has three ... More

N1 Nightlife

N1 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
7 Torrens Street, N1, London EC1V
This warehouse club behind Angel tube isn't for the faint of heart. Electrowerkz is best known for hosting Slimelight, the longest running Goth party in the ... More
El Paso Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
350 - 354 Old Street, N1, London EC1V
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The Angel
London > Nightlife > Bars
3-5 Islington High Street, N1, London N1
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N1 Leisure

N1 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Thames River Adventures
London > Leisure > River Thames & Regents Canal, N1, 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
British Waterski
London > Leisure > Extreme Sports
390 City Road, N1, London EC1V
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London Amateur Wrestlers
London > Leisure > Fitness
Martial Arts Hall, City University, Northampton Square, N1, London EC1V
Wrestling Club ... More

N1 Education

in or near N1
London College of English
London > Education > English Language Courses
354 Goswell Road, Angel, N1, London EC1V
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City University
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Northampton Square, N1, London EC1V
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City University School of Law
London > Education > Law
Northampton Square, N1, London EC1V
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N1 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near N1.
Sadler's Wells
London > Business > Venue Hire
Rosebery Avenue, N1, London EC1R
Can accomodate for up to 2070 people.... More
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
Candid Arts Cafe
London > Business > Venue Hire
3 Torrens Street, Angel, N1, London EC1V
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