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Islington London Guide

20 September 2015 Carly Klineberg Read time: 4 min
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Popular with ‘intellectuals’, Islington is cool, chic and just a little bit fancy without being too showy.

Sitting pretty in the north of the city in the London Borough of Islington. With a mix of high-end writer-types & the smart city workers, you’ll also find students from London’s universities hanging out in the local bars and cafés.

Located in the north of the city near Camden and Hackney, Islington is a 30-minute walk from the city centre. The London Borough of Islington covers a lot of districts including Islington (of course) and:

On a Map



The borough is really well connected by the Underground ­– there are ten tube stops near the Islington area including Angel, Farringdon and Arsenal. You may hear a little bit more French being spoken around the area as the Eurostar terminal is located on the Islington border at St Pancras station.

Upper Street is the place to be seen with restaurants, bars and quirky homewares stores attracting the fashionistas. There’s loads to do and it's a highly desirable area to live in for a lot of people moving to the city.


sunset islington Photo credit: Dorinser on Flickr


Where is Islington?

Located north of the river, Islington is nestled amongst Camden, City, Hackney and Haringey. For people who enjoy a good walk, it is a 30-minute jaunt from the city centre; otherwise it's well connected by Tube and bus routes. Even our European friends from the continent have easy access to Islington – St Pancras is situated at the base of the borough with direct train connections to France and Belgium from the Eurostar station.

Cost of Living in Islington

Islington is a predominantly residential area with an interesting mix of housing options. Some of the more sought after properties are the Georgian and Victorian terraces, particularly Colebrook Row, while you can also find some less-beautiful 1960s/70s tower block council estates. Over 85 per cent of rental properties in the area are apartments.

The average monthly rent for a 2 bed flat in Islington is £2,700.


Colebrook Row house Photo Credit: Chris F on Flickr


Food and Drink


Known for his taste-bud exploding mix of spices, herbs and I-don’t-know-what-that-ingredient-is, Yotam Ottolengi has established himself as a foodie guru and his fans flock to his cafes and restaurants throughout London to sample his wares. His Islington location is his largest restaurant, seating 50 people at predominantly communal tables. His food is loud, flavourful and beautifully created – your stomach will thank you for eating here.

Address: 287 Upper Street, London, Islington N1 2TZ
Telephone: 020 7288 1454


Ottolengi's Islington Photo credit: Ewan Munroe on Flickr



Harking back to its television fame, Fifteen is Jamie Oliver’s experiment nurturing hidden talents in young future chefs. It is now a well-loved restaurant serving fancy-yet-Jamie style food and donating all profits to unemployed youth. Wholesome, real but with a touch of class – a great place to go for a special occasion.

Address: 15 Westland Place, London, Islington N17LP
Telephone: 020 3375 1515

The Proud Archivist

This café, bar, art gallery, library, and events space is located on the edge of the Regent’s canal and offers brilliant views and superb food. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink and soak up the arty vibes of this inspiring space. There is a strong community focus here in their art exhibitions and food preparation as they support and promote local artists and suppliers.

Address: 2-10 Hertford Road, London, Islington N1 5ET
Telephone: 020 7749 6852

The Drapers Arms

This cosy pub is a hit with the locals – good food, great beer and plenty of space to sit and chat. What more can you ask for from your local? The drinks menu is extensive and their experienced chefs whip up some of the best pub grub in the area – this is a pub you can rely on for a good time.

Address: 44 Barnsbury Street, London, Islington, N1 1ER
Telephone: 020 76190348


Bread at Drapers Arms Photo credit: London Chow on Flickr


The Bar With No Name

Located in a back street of Islington, this chic and stylish cocktail bar is all class. There is a menu of small bites to nibble on as you sip on a creative and flavour-bending cocktail. Nothing in this bar is done by halves. You can learn how to mix your own fancy cocktails by taking one of their master classes. Your friends will be very impressed.

Address: 69 Colebrooke Row
, London, Islington 
N1 8AA
Telephone: 07540 528 593


Things to do

Camden Passage

Hunt out some bargains or score yourself a prize antique at one of London’s best antique and vintage shops and markets. Camden Passage offers a unique range of antique furniture, retro clothing and vintage homewares with independent cafés and bars scattered amongst the stores. This pedestrianised area is located behind Upper Street and is a great way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Address: Camden Passage, London, Islington, N1 8EF


Camden passage Photo credit: JanLom on Flickr


Freightliner’s Farm

Who says you can’t get close to nature in a big city like London? Animal lovers head to Freightliner’s Farm where you can hang out with goats, guinea pigs and a wide range of bird life. This community project provides opportunities for schools and community groups to learn a bit more about the wild side of life. You can also pop in for a coffee or lunch at their vegetarian café.

Address: Sheringham Road, London, Islington N7 8PF
Telephone: 020 7609 0467

Everyman Screen on the Green

Can’t choose what film to watch at the cinema? Let Everyman Cinema choose for you and head to the single screen theatre in Islington. This cinema shows one film on one screen making life oh-so-simple.

Address: 83 Upper Street, London, Islington N10NP


Screen on the Green Photo credit: Past London on Flickr



If you think we've missed anything in Islington that just has to be added to the list, please let us know in the comments! We reply to everyone directly as soon as we can.





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