Just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the Capital, this trendy, sought after borough has an extraordinary array of things to offer. With world-class theatres, restaurants, bars and retail opportunities. Islington caters to all, day and night, there is always something to do no matter who you are and what you enjoy.
Stretching from the Haringey boundary to the edges of the city Farringdon, this diverse borough is one of the most dynamic and vibrant in London. The housing market booms here in Islington, with its close proximity to commuting links and diverse entertainment options, it’s no wonder so many people are drawn to this Northern borough.
Here are our recommendations for some of the important bits and highlights of Islington, so that you can make your time here count.
1. Screen on the Green
Having opened in 1913, the Screen on the Green in Islington is one of the country’s oldest cinemas. With its iconic neon sign and vibrant bar, this cinema has become a popular spot for visitors from all over to snap a couple pictures and enjoy one of the many films shown. Since the change of ownership in 2008, a more luxurious aesthetic has been adopted, with sofas for seating and waiters serving pizzas and snacks straight to your seats.
2. Barrio Angel
This Essex road bar has become an urban art and music hotspot, focusing on the ‘street culture’ of London. The food has an international inspiration, showcasing flavors from across the globe. Famous for its cocktails and generous happy hour, the Barrio Angel is always vibrant and busy.
3. Candid Arts Cafe
The Candid Arts Cafe forms part of the charity gallery, Candid Arts Centre, which focuses on helping young, newly graduated artists make their work known to the world. While enjoying the art, you can order a light meal, sip on coffee, or enjoy one of their famous cakes. If you enjoy the bohemian style of informal dining and appreciation for arts, this is a must see.
4. Visit the Union Chapel
Built in 1877, this gothic masterpiece is still in use today as a church as well as a host for unbelievable musical performances. Bands and performers from all over are drawn to playing at the Union chapel due to its acoustics and captivating surroundings. The Union Chapel has become the epicenter for creative bands and their fans.
5. The Sampler
If you are a wine lover and connoisseur, The sampler is a must see. A wine merchant with a difference, The Sampler offers a selection of over 1,500 wines. Here you can do a tasting of up to 80 wines on a rotating roster, and see which of the wide range of wines you like best before making your purchase. The Sampler is a popular spot for friends to gather, taste amazing wines and hang out.