Islington Area Guide
About the Area
To those not in the know, Islington is a world of avocado and brioche buns — all picnic hampers and prosecco. But scratch beneath the sourdough and you’ll find there’s loads more happening in Islington than meets the eye — notwithstanding the amazing avocado.
First things first — Islington is a north London borough, so each neighbourhood has its own unique vibe. For classic Islington you can’t beat Upper Street, a high-end thoroughfare with bijou boutiques, smart restaurants and more polenta than you can shake a breadstick at. From here it’s a short walk to Barnsbury, where Georgian townhouses nuzzle up against cutesy pubs and leafy lanes. It’s a similar story in Canonbury, with its 14th century Tudor tower and quaint cluster of cottages — tell your mates you live here and watch their jaws drop when they see the size of your stoop.
But Islington is more than just a pretty postcard — bright young things are piling into neighbourhoods like Finsbury Park and Holloway where the buzz is building by the day. The Faltering Fullback is the best pub-meets-Teletubbie land you’ve ever been to, and the Union Chapel in Highbury is a beautiful venue for a lighters-out gig (iPhone recommended). If it all gets too much, Highbury Fields on a lazy Sunday is prime picnic territory. Just don’t forget the avocado.
The Screen on the Green
The Screen on the Green in Islington is one of the country’s oldest cinemas: it opened in 1913 and has been a single-screen cinema ever since. It was bought by the Everyman chain of luxury cinemas in 2008 and soon after was renamed Everyman Screen on the Green.Visit Website
The Almeida Theatre, opened in 1980, is a 325-seat studio theatre with an international reputation, which takes its name from the street on which it is located, off Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington. The theatre produces a diverse range of drama.Visit Website
Islington Farmers Market
Islington Farmers' Market was the first Farmers' Market to open in London, it opened in 1999. The market was set up by food writer Nina Planck, who established the organisation London Farmers' Markets.Visit Website
Barrio Angel, an after-work tropical escape to a late night drinking den. Latin flavours, killer cocktails, little nibbles, all lovingly created and masterfully prepared.Visit Website
The London Cocktail Club
Speakeasy-style bar with leather banquettes and bare brick walls, serving quirkily named cocktails.Visit Website
Islington Tennis Centre
Islington Tennis Centre and Gym is situated to the North West of the London Borough of Islington and is one of the busiest tennis centres in the country. It has 6 indoor and 2 outdoor courts, making it the perfect place learn how to play, improve your technique or have a casual game with friends. The centre also has a 60 station gym, fitness class studio, and a sauna and steam room suite.Visit Website
Virgin Active Health Club in Islington Angel offers innovative gym equipment, fitness classes and relaxation facilities.Visit Website
Fully kitted out with the latest equipment and with a stunning 20m swimming pool, our Fitness & Wellbeing Gym on Islington’s Essex Road is the perfect place in which to work towards your goals.Visit Website
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