The borough of Islington is nothing if not littered with amazing eateries, pubs and bars! From budget dining, quirky cafes to award-winning cocktail bars and cosy pubs. We've listed just a few of the best below to get you started when moving to your new neighbourhood.
Obviously Islington hasn’t escaped the clutches of Starbucks, Costa et al, but for independent coffee shops try: Euphorium Bakery - Famously home to Reckless Records which inspired Nick Hornby to write High Fidelity 79 Upper Street Islington, London N1 0NU CoffeeWorks Project: For passionate coffee lovers and fans of home-made cakes. Kipferl: Stunning Viennese coffeehouse. The Breakfast Club: Small but expanding London chain- head here for mouthwatering pancakes and breakfast burritos.
Islington has an extensive range of budget eateries and high-end restaurants. Our favourites include:
Frederick’s: Family-run, beautiful restaurant nestled in Camden Passage. Available for private hire (and weddings!), or just pop into the bar for a cocktail
Ottolenghi: Located opposite the Almeida, this deli/restaurant gets chocka during the pre-theatre slot, so book ahead. Reservations are taken in the evenings only.
Le Mercury: This long-standing and amazingly good value French restaurant has been a favourite for Londoners for the best part of 30 years. Great atmosphere if a little snug when packed!
Sen Nin: Watch the chefs prepare and cook your meal in front of you at this quirky but fun Japanese restaurant on Upper Street.
100 Islington: Great drinks, amazing (Asian-style) food and fabulous hospitality! Bellanger: From the team that brought London The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Colbert and Brasserie Zedel. Expect fewer celebs than at the Wolseley but the same fantastic-tasting food. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner.
From award-winning cocktails to bras on ceilings, Islington has it all!
Barrio Angel: Music - check, Cocktails - check, Caravan…? Check! Barrio Angel brings the small Latin-American chain to N1.
69 Colebrooke Row: Esteemed bar-guru Tony Conigliaro’s first London venue and ‘the bar with no name’ is a mecca for cocktail-lovers. Small and surprisingly affordable. Book ahead!
Slim Jim’s Liquor Store: Prefer your drinks with a little more oomph and rock-n-roll? Then Slim Jim’s is your bar. Neon signs, masses of whiskeys, ear-bleeding rock n’ metal and bras adorning the ceiling. Fun nights guaranteed!
Little Bat: One of Islington’s newest additions, Little Bat pulls no punches when it comes to cocktails, as it’s the little sister of multi-award-winning Shoreditch speakeasy, Callooh Callay. Beautiful decor and great bar snacks and a great welcoming vibe.
Islington is heaving with brilliant pubs, but some of the best are:
The Old Queen’s Head: Karaoke, quiz nights, great roasts and live music make this one of Islington’s best pubs.
Island Queen: Great food and a reassuringly tricky quiz.
Draper’s Arms: A five-minute walk off Upper Street, this is great in the summer (beer garden) and for family-dining as they offer HUGE meals such as the Shepherd’s pie for 3-4 people.
Brewhouse & Kitchen: Offering a huge selection of craft and international beers, plus a fantastic heated courtyard.