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Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £84  31% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 4 minutes from Criterion
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   from £91  35% off
60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 11 minutes from Criterion
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   from £47  39% off
Central Street, EC1V | 14 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower and Gabriel's Wharf
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 2.1 miles from Criterion
As you stare across the river at this bustling, stylish, multi-faceted venue, it’s hard to believe that this riverside warehouse was once a reprocessing plant for ... More
 
 
 
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Sotheby's
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
34-35 New Bond Street, Fitzrovia, London W1K | 2.6 miles from Criterion
Founded in 1774, Sotheby's is the world’s oldest art auction house. Sales today command record sums for items. Notable sales range from 'Danseuse au Repos' ... More
 
 
 
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Ella Doran
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
Ground Floor Shop, 46 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E26EH | 32 minutes from Criterion
From coasters and trays to mouse mats and mugs, Ella Doran has designs on everyday objects, intent on turning them from functional to funky. In fact, ... More
 
 
 
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Cass Art Islington
London > Shopping > Art and Design
66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
Art shop in Islington that also hosts drawing events. ... More
 
 
 
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Cass Art
London > Shopping > Art and Design
66-67 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Jewel
London > Shopping > Jewellery
16 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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London > Events > Theatre  Dates: Saturday 21st October 2017 - 5pm
Criterion, 115 Upper Street, N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
Written and performed by Becky Williams, the work tells the story of a pianist and murderer....More
 
 
 
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Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band By The Beatles
London > Events > Music  Dates: Saturday 21st October 2017 - 6pm
Criterion, Upper Street, N1 | 6 minutes from Criterion
A group of musicians perform the music of the iconic album....More
 
 
 
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Curio Cities
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Saturday 21st October 2017 - 6pm
Criterion, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, N1 | 7 minutes from Criterion
This London-based trio mixes electronica and techno in its original material. Support from Aiva and Marlon Percy....More
 
 
 
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The King's Head
London > Entertainment > Theatres
115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Little Angel Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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The Screen on the Green
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
83 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from Criterion
One of the most striking cinema facades in the city (especially at night when it's all illuminated in startling red and white), the ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Criterion
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The Enchanted Christmas House
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
2-18 Britannia Row, N1 | 1 minute from Criterion
The immersive Enchanted Christmas House adventure for children aged between one and eight welcomes youngsters into a house of dressing up, biscuit decorating and theatre, ... More
 
 
 
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The Little Angel Theatre
London > Attractions > Activities for Kids
14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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The Islington Metal Works
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
7 Torrens Street, Islington, London EC1V | 8 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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What are the best dining options near Criterion London?
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Giraffe
London > Restaurants > International restaurants
29-31 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Criterion
The family friendly Giraffe restaurants really appeal to their target audience: kids. But that doesn't mean adults won't enjoy their bright colours ... More
 
 
 
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Meat People
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
4-6 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Criterion
Modern European Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Wenlock & Essex
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
18-26 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Criterion
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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London Flower School
London > Education > Professional Training
16-20 Wharfdale Road, N1 | 17 minutes from Criterion
Whether a beginner, thinking of making it your career or an experienced florist, the London Flower School can help you to improve. ... More
 
 
 
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B&H Kitchen
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 17 minutes from Criterion
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
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LSO St Luke's
London > Education > Professional Training
161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 17 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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London Fencing Club
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Norman Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 16 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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London Dance Academy
London > Leisure >
The Basement, 49-51 Central Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 17 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 17 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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The Old Queen's Head
London > Nightlife > Pubs
44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Duke of Cambridge
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London N1 | 5 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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The Barnsbury Freehouse and Dining Room
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
209-211 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 | 6 minutes from Criterion
Islington gastropub on Liverpool Road, where chef John O’Riordan (ex head chef of critically acclaimed Samphire) heads up the kitchen. Informal dining in a relaxed ... More
 
 
 
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Colebrookes
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Dirty Martini, Islington
London > Nightlife > Bars
74 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Hoxley & Porter
London > Nightlife > Bars
153 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 4 minutes from Criterion
Let the train take you on an exotic night out without actually leaving Islington as you enter Hoxley & Porter, a bar and restaurant which has ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Criterion.
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Little Angel Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
14 Dagmar Passage off Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Criterion
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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Business Design Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 6 minutes from Criterion
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
 
 
 
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Union Chapel
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 8 minutes from Criterion
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Grace Notes
Theatre | On 21st October 2017 

The King's Head 2 minutes walk from Criterion

Written and performed by Becky Williams, the work tells the story of a pianist and murderer....More

Tosca
Concerts | Until 28th October 2017 

The King's Head 2 minutes walk from Criterion

The King's Head Theatre's production of Puccini's searing thriller of power and passion relocates the action to the heart of ...More

Zeraffa Giraffa
Theatre | Until 4th November 2017 

Little Angel Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion

An emotionally engaging tale that explores what it is like to be different adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz....More

Wow! Said The Owl: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2-5)
Theatre | Until 5th November 2017 

Little Angel Theatre 2 minutes walk from Criterion

Based on the acclaimed children's book....More

Albion
Theatre | Until 24th November 2017 

Almeida Theatre 4 minutes walk from Criterion

Director Rupert Goold collaborates with writer Mike Bartlett for the first time since the award-winning King Charles III for a ...More

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band By The Beatles
Music | On 21st October 2017 

Islington Assembly Hall 6 minutes walk from Criterion

A group of musicians perform the music of the iconic album....More

The Icicle Works
Concerts | On 21st October 2017 

O2 Academy Islington 7 minutes walk from Criterion

Seminal psychedelia from the veteran Liverpudlians led by vocalist and guitarist Ian McNabb....More

Burn Down The Disco
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 21st October 2017 

O2 Academy Islington 7 minutes walk from Criterion

Indie, soul, synth, ska and rock'n'roll courtesy of guests and residents....More

Club De Fromage
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 21st October 2017 

O2 Academy Islington 7 minutes walk from Criterion

Residents and guests play rock and pop anthems from Lady Gaga, Queen, Take That and more....More

Curio Cities
Concerts | On 21st October 2017 

O2 Academy Islington 7 minutes walk from Criterion

This London-based trio mixes electronica and techno in its original material. Support from Aiva and Marlon Percy....More

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Smoking Goat Shoreditch
Dining 

Ben Chapman, Brian Hannon and head chef Ali Borer open a second Smoking Goat, in ...More

 
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Shake Shack Cambridge Circus
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Shake Shack the modern day 'roadside' burger stand ...More

 
The Watch House
Dining 

A former spice factory near Tower Bridge has become a cool coffee shop, offering signature cocktails at night....More

The Watch House
Dining 

Once a shelter for men guarding St Mary Magdalane Church graveyard at night, now a cosy Bermondsey Street coffee shop....More

The Watch House
The Watch House
Dining 

Chancery Lane coffee shop The Watch House becomes, from 5pm each evening, a cosy wine ...More

 
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Dining 

Claw Carnaby is the first bricks and mortar site for the seafood specialist....More

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The Good Egg
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Chefs Joel Braham, Alex Coppard and Oded Mizrachi repeat the success of their much-loved Stoke ...More

 
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Bombay Bustle
Dining 

The team behind Jamavar honour the men who use Mumbai's local railway to deliver home ...More

 
Picasso
Theatre | From 1st November 

The Playground Theatre

The refurbished London theatre opens with Terry d'Alfonso's biographical drama, which explores the professional triumphs and personal tribulations of the revered Spanish painter and sculptor. Peter Tate plays the title role, directed by Michael Hunt....More

The Playground Theatre
The Playground Theatre
Entertainment 

200 seat Ladbroke Grove theatre house in a former bus depot....More

 
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No excuse to hide and hibernate with London's impressive calendar of events over the coming months. With frightful Halloween happenings and banging Bonfire Night celebrations, excellent exhibitions and fabulous foodie pop-ups, there's a whole host ...More

Halloween Horror Movie Ball
Halloween Horror Movie Ball
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 28th October 

The Grand, Clapham

The Grand, Clapham pays homage to the finest ...More

 
Awful Auntie
Theatre | From 2nd November 

Richmond Theatre

The Birmingham Stage Company, who recently completed a record-breaking tour of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny, now turn their attention to Walliams' Awful Auntie. Awfully thrilling fun for everyone over five, the stage show tells the ...More

Stylist Live
Exhibitions | From 10th November 

Olympia London

Presented by Stylist Magazine, Stylist Live is back for its third year in 2017 and it has doubled in size since launching in 2015. Taking place at Olympia London, the event expects to welcome 21,000 ...More

Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures And Their Fuckosophy
Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures And Their Fuckosophy
Exhibitions | From 22nd November 

White Cube Bermondsey

White Cube Bermondsey marks the 50th anniversary of ...More

 
Miss Julie
Theatre | From 14th November 

Jermyn Street Theatre

Howard Brenton's adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie gets its London premiere this November at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Tom Littler, it will be the first West End staging of the play since ...More

Rose Wylie
Rose Wylie
Exhibitions | From 30th November 

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

A new exhibition at the Serpentine presents the work of British artist Rose Wylie, showcasing ...More

 
Vegan Nights
Foodie Events | On 23rd November 

The Boiler House

After the roaring success of the original Vegan Nights market - the queue stretched all the way down Brick Lane - it's coming back this November. Hosted by the Truman Markets and King Cook of ...More

MTV Europe Music Awards
Concerts | On 12th November 

SSE Arena, Wembley

In 2017, the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) are to be held in London for the first time in 21 years. Coming to Wembley's SSE Arena in November, the awards will be hosted by Rita ...More

Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond
Exhibitions | From 2nd November 

British Museum

With no known culture in the world or ...More

 
Oktoberfest in London
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Oktoberfest comes to London this autumn with themed parties popping up all over the ...More

 
Affordable Afternoon Tea in London
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December in London 2017
December in London 2017
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Multi Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton comes to Victoria, Robert Lindsay reprises his role as ...More

 
 
 
 
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