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Coordinates: 51°32′38″N 0°06′10″W / 51.5440°N 0.1027°W / 51.5440; -0.1027

Islington is located in Greater London

 Islington shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ315845
London borough Islington
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N1, N4, N5, N6, N7, N19, WC1, EC1, EC2
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Islington South and Finsbury
Islington North
London Assembly North East
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Islington is the central district of the London Borough of Islington. It is an inner-city district in London, spanning from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields, encompassing the area around the busy Upper Street. The name is now also often applied to the areas of the borough close to Upper Street such as Barnsbury, Canonbury, and De Beauvoir Town, developed in the Georgian era.


Modern definition

Islington grew as a sprawling village along the line of the Great North Road and has provided the name of the modern borough. This gave rise to some confusion, as neighbouring districts may also be said to be in Islington. This district is bounded by Liverpool Road to the west and New North Road to the south-east. Its northernmost point is in the area of Highbury. The main north-south high street, Upper Street splits at Highbury Corner to Holloway Road to the west and St. Paul's Road to the east.

The area round Angel tube station is sometimes considered a district in its own right, The Angel, Islington. The northern part of this area (from the Liverpool Road junction northwards) is within the district of Islington, while the southern half is in neighbouring Finsbury. The area below Penton Steet and east of Pentonville Road is the adjoining district of Pentonville.




Islington was originally named by the Saxons Giseldone (1005), then Gislandune (1062). The name means 'Gīsla's hill' from the Old English personal name Gīsla and dun 'hill', 'down'. The name then later mutated to Isledon, which remained in use well into the 17th century when the modern form arose.[1] In medieval times, Islington was just one of many small manors hereabouts, along with Bernersbury, Neweton Berewe or Hey-bury and Canonesbury (Barnsbury, Highbury and Canonbury - names first recorded in the 13th and 14th centuries).


1861 Royal Agricultural Hall, view from Liverpool Road. Now the rear entrance to the Business Design Centre
1861 Cattle show at the Royal Agricultural Hall

Some roads on the edge of the area, including Essex Road were known as streets by the medieval period, possibly indicating a Roman origin, but little physical evidence remains. What is known is that the Great North Road, from Aldersgate came into use in the 14th century, connecting with a new turnpike (toll road) up Highgate Hill. This was along the line of modern Upper Street, with a toll gate at The Angel, defining the extent of the village. The Back Road, the modern Liverpool Road, was primarily a drovers' road where cattle would be rested before the final leg of their journey to Smithfield. Pens and sheds were erected along this road to accommodate the animals.[2]

Islington lay on the estates of the Bishop of London, and the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls. There were substantial medieval moated manor houses in the area, principally at Canonbury and Highbury. In 1548, there were 440 communicants listed, and the rural atmosphere, with access to the City and Westminster, made it a popular residence for the rich and eminent.[1] The local inns, however, harboured many fugitives and recursants.

The Royal Agricultural Hall was built in 1862, on the Liverpool Road site of William Dixon's Cattle Layers. The hall was 75 ft high, and the arched glass roof spanned 125 ft. It was built for the annual Smithfield Show in December, but was popular for other purposes, including recitals and the Royal Tournament. It was the primary exhibition site for London until the 20th century, and the largest building of its kind, holding up to 50,000 people.[3] It was requisitioned for use by the Mount Pleasant sorting office during World War II and never re-opened. The main hall has now been incorporated into the Business Design Centre.[4]

Water sources

A statue of Hugh Myddleton, creator of the New River, surmounts a drinking fountain at Islington Green. (November 2005)

The hill on which Islington stands has long supplied the City of London with water, the first projects drawing water through wooden pipes from the many springs that lay at its foot, in Finsbury. These included Sadler's Wells, London Spa and Clerkenwell.

By the 17th century these traditional sources were inadequate to supply the growing population and plans were laid to construct a waterway, the New River, to bring fresh water from the source of the River Lee, in Hertfordshire to New River Head, below Islington in Finsbury. The river was opened on September 29, 1613 by Sir Hugh Myddleton, the constructor of the project. His statue still stands where Upper Street meets Essex Road. The course of the river ran to the east of Upper Street, and much of its course is now covered and forms a linear park through the area.[5]

The Regents Canal passes through Islington. For much of its length, it travels through an 886 metres (2,907 ft) tunnel that runs from Colebrook Row, just east of the Angel, to emerge at Muriel Street, not far from Caledonian Road. The subterranean stretch is marked with a series of pavement plaques, so that canal walkers may find their way from one entrance to the other above ground. The area of the canal east of the tunnel and north of the City Road was once dominated by much warehousing and industry surrounding the large City Road Basin and Wenlock Basin. Those old buildings that survive here are now largely residential or small work units. This stretch boasts one of the few old canal pubs with an entrance actually on the tow-path, The Narrowboat.

The canal was constructed in 1820, to carry cargo from Limehouse into the canal system. There is no tow-path in the tunnel, and bargees had to walk their barges through, braced against the roof.[6] Commercial use of the canal has declined since the 1960s.

Market gardens and entertainments

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the availability of water made Islington a place for growing vegetables to feed London. The manor became a popular resort for Londoners, due to this rural aspect, and many public houses were founded to serve the needs of both visitors and travellers on the turnpike. By 1716, there were 56 ale-house keepers in Upper Street, also offering pleasure and tea gardens, and activities such as archery, skittle alleys and bowling. By the 18th century music and dancing were offered, together with billiards, firework displays and balloon ascents. The King's Head Tavern, now a Victorian building, with a theatre, has remained on the same site, opposite the parish church, since 1543.[4] The founder of the theatre, Dan Crawford, who died in 2005, disagreed with the introduction of decimal coinage. For twenty-plus years after decimalisation (on 15 February 1971), the bar continued to show prices and charge for drinks in pre-decimalisation currency.

By the 19th century, many music halls and theatres were established around Islington Green. One such was Collins' Music Hall, the remains of which are now incorporated into a bookshop. It stood on the site of the Landsdowne Tavern, where the landlord had built an entertainment room for customers who wanted to sing (and later for professional entertainers). It was founded in 1862 by Samuel Thomas Collins Vagg, by 1897 this had become a 1,800 seat theatre with 10 bars. This theatre suffered damage in a fire in 1958, and has not reopened.[4] Between 92 and 162 acts were put on each evening and performers who started there included Marie Lloyd, George Robey, Harry Lauder, Harry Tate, George Formby, Vesta Tilley, Tommy Trinder, Gracie Fields, Tommy Handley and Norman Wisdom.

An 1805 map of Islington

The Islington Literary and Scientific Society was established in 1833 and first met in Mr. Edgeworth's academy, on Upper Street. Its object was to spread knowledge through lectures, discussions, and experiments, politics and theology being forbidden. A building - the Literary and Scientific Institution - was erected in 1837 in Wellington (later Almeida) Street, designed by Roumieu and Gough in a stuccoed Grecian style. It included a library, with 3,300 volumes in 1839, reading room, museum, laboratory, and lecture theatre seating 500. The subscription was two guineas a year. The library was sold off in 1872 and the building sold or leased in 1874 to the Wellington Club, which occupied it until 1886. In 1885 the hall was used for concerts, balls, and public meetings. The Salvation Army bought the building in 1890, renamed it the Wellington Castle barracks, and remained there until 1955. The building became a factory and showroom for Beck's British Carnival Novelties for a few years from 1956, then remained empty until in 1978 a campaign began to turn it into a theatre. A public appeal was launched in 1981 and a festival of avant-garde theatre and music was held there and at other Islington venues in 1982, and the successful Almeida Theatre founded.[4]


Some development took place to accommodate the popularity of nearby Sadler's Wells , which became a resort in the 16th century, but the 19th century saw the greatest expansion in housing, soon to cover the whole parish. In 1801, the population was 10,212; by 1891 there were 319,143 inhabitants in the borough. This rapid expansion was partly due to the introduction of horse-drawn omnibuses in 1830. With large well-built houses and fashionable squares, clerks, artisans and professionals were drawn to the district. However, from the middle of the 1800s, the poor were being displaced by clearances in inner London to build the new railway stations and goods yards. They settled in Islington, with the houses becoming occupied by many families. This, combined with the railways pushing into outer Middlesex, reduced Islington's attraction for the better off as it became "unfashionable".[7] The area fell into a long decline; and by the mid-20th century, the area was largely run down and a byword for urban poverty.[1]

World War II caused much damage to Islington's housing stock, with 3,200 dwellings destroyed. While before the war, municipal housing had not had much impact, after the war many bomb sites were redeveloped, both by the Metropolitan Borough of Islington and the London County Council. Clearance of the worst terraced housing was still undertaken, but Islington continued to be both the most dense (least open space), and the borough with the highest level of overcrowding.

From the 1960s, the Georgian terraces were rediscovered by middle class families, and many of the houses were rehabilitated, with the area becoming newly fashionable. This displacement of the poor by the aspirational has become known as gentrification. Among these new residents were a number of the central figures in the New Labour movement, including Tony Blair before his victory in the 1997 general election. "Islington is widely regarded as the spiritual home of Britain's left-wing intelligentsia" (The Guardian).[8] The Granita Pact, between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, is said to have been made at a, now defunct, restaurant on Upper Street.[9]

The completion of the Victoria line and redevelopment of Angel tube station has created the conditions for developers to build blocks of small flats, popular with young professionals, intensifying use of the area. The inns of the 17th century are now replaced with busy public houses and trendy wine bars. Small shops selling bijou items are increasingly priced out of the area, and replaced by national (and international) chains. Islington remains a place in constant flux.

Monopoly fame

The area is also well-known due to its inclusion in the British version of Monopoly which features The Angel, Islington. However, in the game the Angel is the third cheapest property on the board. 'The Angel, Islington' was included as the licensees considered the names of places they were to use over tea in the Lyon's Corner House, built on the site of the original Angel Inn.

Nearby Monopoly locations are Pentonville Road (mostly within the Borough of Islington) which runs from King's Cross station to The Angel.

The final insult

Excerpt from The Royal Tribes of Wales, p.74-5 by Philip Yorke Esq (1799)

Islington may have played its own small part in the destruction and conquest by England of north Wales. In December 1277 the last native prince of Wales, Llywelyn the Last, while staying in Islington in preparation of his ritual act of homage to the English king, was so heinously offended by the display put on by the locals that he and his lords resolved never to return and thenceforth to fight England to the death.

In literature

Islington features extensively in modern English literature and culture:

Notable residents, past and present

This section is solely for residents with a direct link to the area around Upper Street (the centre of Islington); for residents of the London Borough of Islington, or other districts, please see the relevant article. If adding to this list please add a citation explicitly showing the local connection


The area is well served with bus routes, with a major bus interchange located near Angel tube station. Red route and residents' parking restrictions apply throughout the area.

Nearby places

Nearby stations


For education in the area, see the London Borough of Islington article.

Listed buildings

The Grade II* listed St Paul's Church seen from Essex Road. This was built in 1826 to a design by Sir Charles Barry, who went on to build the current Houses of Parliament. (March 2007)
The Egyptianate former Carlton cinema on Essex Road is Grade II listed, and has now closed. (November 2005)

Grade II*

English Heritage[11] lists three Grade II* listed buildings within Central Islington (and many more in surrounding districts):

Grade II (selected):

The area is perhaps most notable for its houses, shops and pubs. Many whole terraces are listed including much of Liverpool Road (one side of which is in Barnsbury) and Islington High Street/Upper Street. Other multiply listed streets include Camden Passage, Compton Terrace, Colebrooke Row, Cross Street, Duncan Terrace, Essex Road, Gibson Square and Milner Square).

Other Grade II listed structures include:

  • The Almeida Theatre.
  • The Angel Baptist Church, Cross Street.
  • The Angel public house (the original one, now a Co-op bank - not the newer Wetherspoon's), Islington High Street.
  • The Business Design Centre (part of which is the former Royal Agricultural Hall), Upper Street.
  • The Camden Head public house, Camden Passage.
  • The Hope and Anchor public house, Upper Street.
  • Ironmonger Row Baths.
  • Islington Town Hall.
  • M Manze's Pie and Eel Shop, Chapel Market.
  • Mecca Bingo Hall (now closed), Essex Road (once the Carlton Cinema). This is due to become a church in the near future.[12]
  • The Old Queen's Head public house, Essex Road.
  • St John's Church, Duncan Terrace.
  • St Mary's Church, Upper Street (rebuilt after World War 2 - only the spire remains from the original).
  • South Library, Essex Road.
  • The York public house.

See also


  1. ^ a b c 'Islington: Growth', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 8: Islington and Stoke Newington parishes (1985), pp. 9-19 accessed: 13 March 2007
  2. ^ 'Islington: Communications', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 8: Islington and Stoke Newington parishes (1985), pp. 3-8 accessed: 9 March 2007
  3. ^ A Vision of Britain - Islington accessed 26 April 2007
  4. ^ a b c d 'Islington: Social and cultural activities', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 8: Islington and Stoke Newington parishes (1985), pp. 45-51 accessed: 8 March 2007
  5. ^ The Story of the New River (Thames Water) accessed 12 December 2007
  6. ^ Alan Faulkner "The Regent's Canal: London's Hidden Waterway" (2005) ISBN 1-870002-59-8
  7. ^ Dunton, Larkin (1896). The World and Its People. Silver, Burdett. p. 29. 
  8. ^ David Clark - "Accusations of anti-Semitic chic are poisonous intellectual thuggery"; Monday March 6, 2006. The Guardian accessed: 9 March 2007
  9. ^ Happold, Tom and Maguire, Kevin. "Revealed: Brown and Blair's pact" - The Guardian, 6 June 2003. Accessed 25 December 2005.
  10. ^ Charlotte Fell-Smith, ‘Post, Jacob (1774–1855)’, rev. K. D. Reynolds, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 19 Jan 2010
  11. ^ Images of England accessed: 10 March 2007
  12. ^ Islington Gazette (2008-07-09). "Bingo hall gets all-clear to become church". Retrieved 2008-07-17. 

External links

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The Typical Victorian Architecture of Islington
The Typical Victorian Architecture of Islington

Islington is a district of north London.


This is large district covering much of the London Borough of Islington [1].

The south of the district borders the City of London and Clerkenwell and was long seen as something of a poor relation to those two areas. That all started to change in the 1990s though when the typical Victorian houses of Islington became very desirable and the area went through huge gentrification to become a highly fashionable address. The area around The Angel, Upper Street and Essex Road is of special interest to visitors it is home to a number of interesting shops selling antiques and collectibles as well as art galleries.

Further north, the district becomes a little less grand and largely lower-end residential. Finsbury Park is an area in the north-east of the district which grew up around an important railway interchange at the junction of the London Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. The park itself is a large important green space in an otherwise densely populated area.

In the north west of the district its character changes again and Highgate takes on many characteristics of the neigbouring district of Hampstead.

Islington has long been known for its left-wing politics and in the 1980s the oft-used moniker of The Socialist Republic of Islington was not unwarranted. The legacy of that still remains and a number of regular festivals of a distinctly liberal nature are hosted here.

Get in

By tube

Tube stations in this district are:

  • Angel (Northern line)
  • Highbury & Islington (Victoria line)
  • Tufnell Park (Northern line)
  • Archway (Northern line)
  • Highgate (Northern line)
  • Finsbury Park (Victoria and Piccadilly lines)
  • Holloway Road (Piccadilly line)
  • Caledonian Road (Piccadilly line)
  • Arsenal (Piccadilly line)

By train

Overground stations include Highbury & Islington, Essex Rd, Canonbury, Finsbury Park and Upper Holloway.

By bus

Bus routes 41 ,N41 ,134 ,390 ,43 ,17 ,C11 ,4, W5 all serve Archway and the surrounding area.

29, 19, 4, 236, 254, 254 all connect Finsbury Park with the centre of London and the West End.

  • The Arsenal Museum, Emirates Stadium, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, N5 1BU (tube: Finsbury Park), +44 20 7619 5003, [2]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM closed matchdays, Su 10AM-5PM. Impressive museum charting the hisory of this great football club. £3-6.  edit
  • City Road Basin Plaza, (Off City Road next to McDonalds and Texaco. Tube: Angel), +44 207 253 6512, [3]. A former industrial site which fell into decline in the 50s and 60s. The site remained undeveloped and inaccessible to the public for many years. A multi-million pound project has created public access to the waterway (one of the largest open stretches of water in North London) complete with a newly landscaped public park facing onto the canal.  edit
  • Crafts Council, 44a Pentonville Rd (tube: Angel), +44 20 7278 7700, [4]. Tu-Sa 11AM-5:45PM, Su 2PM-5:45PM. This gallery promotes contemporary craftspeople working materials such as metal, glass, pottery and textiles but with a unique take on each medium. The work frequently strays into contemporary art and blurs the border between art and craft. The small shop inside provides individually crafted pieces, that are as expensive as you would expect. Free.  edit
  • Gillespie Park Ecology Centre, Drayton Park, N5 (Tube: Arsenal). open daily except on Arsenal FC home match days. Award-winning education centre in this small park in a heavily built up area of the district. Managed habitats inlude woodland, wetland meadows and ponds.  edit
  • Highgate Wood, (tube: Highgate), +44 20 8444 6129 (), [5]. A 28 hectare remnant of the great Middlesex Wood which once spread across north London. There is a supervised children's playground, a café and an information centre.  edit
  • Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Rd N1 7RW (tub: Angel. Next door to Victoria Miro), +44 20 7490 7373, [6]. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Contemporary art gallery, which looks closed from initial appearances, but press the buzzer to have the door unlocked. Free entry.  edit
  • Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Rd N1 7RW (tube: Angel), +44 44 20 7336 8109, [7]. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. An excellent contemporary art gallery in a converted Victorian furniture factory. Press the buzzer to unlock the door, it is not a typical Tate-tourist magnet. Free entry.  edit
  • Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street N1 1TA (tube: Highbury & Islington, just off Upper St), +44 20 7359 4404 (), [8]. Theatre with a reputation for daring and innovative productions.  edit
  • Arsenal Football Club, (Short walk from Finsbury Park tube station), [9]. The famous EPL club play at the Emirates Stadium in the north of the district. Count yourself very lucky if you can secure a ticket.  edit
  • Everyman Screen on the Green (formerly Screen on the Green), 83 Upper St N1 0NU (tube: Angel, 5 min walk up Upper St), [10]. One of the leading art house cinemas in London. Recently refurbished.  edit
  • Rise, (tube: Finsbury PArk). Anti-racism festival. Every summer the mayor of London hosts this. This has been held in Finsbury Park for many years and has seen acts such as Kelis, Jimmy Cliff and Lily Allen all play there. Bob Dylan, Blur and Oasis have also played concerts there.  edit
  • Vue, Upper Street Islington, N1 (tube: Angel, 1F of the N1 shopping centre), [11]. An enormous multiplex cinema.  edit
Camden Passage - one of the leading antique centres in London
Camden Passage - one of the leading antique centres in London
  • Camden Passage Antiques Centre, Camden Passage N1 8ED (tube: Angel), [12]. One of London's leading antique and collectible centres for the past 40 years. The complex is home to dealers in a wide variety of fields and is a must for any visitor to London interested in antiques.  edit
  • Map, Junction Rd. Trendy gift shop with cool products. Much too nice to be in Archway!  edit


Diners are spoiled for choice in Islington, especially the Upper Street area between Angel and Highbury & Islington tube stations. A wide variety of cuisine and price ranges are available. Mediterranean food dominates but with options like Indian, Afghan, Italian, French, Thai, and South American there is food for all tastes.

A few minutes walk from Archway station up Highgate Hill will lead you to Highgate, the upmarket end of Archway. There are a selection of nice cafes, restaurants and pubs to choose from. Swain's Lane, five to ten minutes walk from Archway station just near Hampstead Heath, has a few nice places to eat.

Angel to Upper Street can be a diner's paradise if you know where to go. Close to Angel places are geared towards the daytime sandwich eaters and coffee drinkers. From Islington Green on you will generally find nicer restaurants at better value. As a rule, the further towards Highbury & Islington the cheaper the restaurants, although the quality does not necessarily decline. Take a walk down the side-streets too as they hold some of the best restaurants, pubs, and bars.

In Archway, coming out of the tube station you will see two kebab houses on Junction Road, neither of which are anything special, but rather comically one carries the slogan "Best kebabs in UK" while the other says "Best kebab in world". These are not to be believed. May find other interesting little restaurants down Holloway Road.

The Finsbury Park area is home to many minority groups such as Algerian, Greek, Turkish, African and as such has some of the most diverse range of restaurants available in London. Down Blackstock Road, a locals favourite is Sim Sim. Just outside the station on Seven Sisters Road, The Red Zone offers cheap but good food.

  • The Afghan Kitchen, 35 Islington Green N1 8DU (tube: Angel), +44 20 7359 8019. One of the best cheap eats in London. Authentic Afghan food which is a hugely better than you expect when looking at the place! Highly recommended.  edit
  • Angel Mangal Ockabasi, 139 Upper St N1 1QP (tube: Highbury & Islington), +44 20 7359 7777. Excellent Turkish meals.  edit
  • Gallipoli, 102 Upper St N1 1QP (tube: Angel, Highbury & Islington), +44 20 7359 1578, [13]. Well known and serve great Turkish meals, for very reasonable prices. Another branch nearby.  edit
  • Le Mercury, 140a Upper Street N1 1QY (tube: Highbury & Islington), +44 20 7354 4088, [14]. Cosy, romantic French restaurant split amongst three floors. Typical French cuisine at low prices. Mains around £6.  edit
  • La Porchetta, 141-142 Upper St N1 1QY (tube: Angel, Highbury & Islington), +44 20 7288 2488, [15]. Authentic Italian pizzeria: thin wood-fired pizzas, selection of pasta, antipasto, desserts, Italian wine & beer. Buzzing atmosphere. Child friendly.  edit
  • Tortilla, 13 Islington High St N1 9LQ (tube: Angel, opposite the station), +44 20 7833 3103, [16]. Californian and Mexican take-away, serves fajitas/burritos/etc and Mexican beers. The food is fresh and mostly organic. Well priced, very friendly staff, open kitchen. Small number of benches for eating in. About £5 each person.  edit
  • Kalendar, 15A Swain's Lane N6 6QX (tube: Archway and 15-20 minute walk), +44 20 8348 8300. Stands out as a bohemian deli/cafe with beautiful if not cheap food. Excellent for brunch/long weekend lunches. Chunky rustic furniture, specials on blackboards, free newspapers. Quite child friendly.  edit
  • Masala Zone, 80-82 Upper St N1 0NU (tube: Angel), +44 20 7359 3399, [17]. This hip Indian restaurant chain's Angel branch. Good value Indian food, try a Thali for a good sized meal with a variety of flavours. Mains around £8.  edit
  • Mem & Laz, 8 Therberton St N1 0QX (tube: Angel), +44 20 7704 9089. Large menu of great Mediterranean food, friendly staff, very reasonably priced. Their lunchtime TWO-course special around £7 is available to 6PM, an excellent option for an early dinner.  edit
  • Cafe Mozaic, 24 Junction Rd N9 5 RE (tube: Archway), +44 20 7272 3509. Mediterranean restaurant. Right next door to the best kebabs in the world, and yet somehow manages some classiness. Lively atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Sometimes with live musical performances (Friday evening). Outdoor seating. £10.  edit
  • The Northgate, 113 Southgate Rd N1 3JS (tube: Old Street, then bus 76 or 141), +44 20 7359 7392. Excellent gastro-pub menu changed daily. Pricey for a pub, but the consistently high quality never disappoints. Mains £10-12.  edit
  • Punto Zero, 14 Barnsbury Rd (tube: Angel), +44 20 7713 6619. Offers authentic Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven.  edit
  • St. John's, 91 Junction Rd N19 5QU (tube: Tufnell Park), +44 20 7272 1587. Expensive gastro pub. Quite pleasant.  edit
  • The Angel, Pentonville Rd N1 9LQ (tube: Angel).  edit
  • The Flying Scotsman, 2-4 Caledonian Rd N1 9DU (tube: King's Cross St Pancras), +44 020 7837 8271.  edit
  • Keston Lodge, 131 Upper Street, N1 1QP (tube: Angel), +44 20 7354 9535, [18]. A retro style bar open very late at the weekends.  edit
  • The Nag's Head, 12 Upper St N1 0PQ (tube: Angel), 08721 077 077.  edit
  • The York, 82 Islington High St N1 8EQ (tube: Angel), +44 20 7713 1835.  edit


There are plenty of pubs in the area, some of them managing to be slightly more lively or more stylish than the typical local boozer.

  • The Archway Tavern, Archway Close, Archway Rd N19 3TD (tube: Archway), 08721 077 077. Pub with a reputed republican history. Live music some nights.  edit
  • The Hideaway, 114 Junction Rd N19 5LB (tube: Archway), +44 20 7561 0779, [20]. Nice pub/bar. Good pizzas and cheap happy hour drinks. Bar staff can be a bit grumpy.  edit
  • The Landseer, 37 Landseer Rd N19 4JU (10 min walk down Holloway Rd from Archway Station and off to the left on Landseer Rd), +44 20 7263 4658. Smart pub with posh food. Fairly lively. Nice hanging plants.  edit
  • Tufnell Park Tavern, 162 Tufnell Park Rd N7 0EE (tube: Tufnell Park), +44 20 2722078.  edit

Finsbury Park

There are many pubs in the area.

  • 12 Pins, 263 Seven Sisters Rd N4 2DE (tube: Finsbury Park), +44 20 8809019, [21]. Irish pub which gets very busy on match Arsenal days.  edit
  • Faultering Fullback, 19 Perth Rd N4 3HB. (tube: Finsbury Park). Beautiful pub, popular with locals watching football and eating their Thai Food. Since the smoking ban, a large amount of money has been spent on the beer garden at the rear, which now offers a wooden mezzanine floor.  edit
  • Gaslight, 5 Station Place N4 2DH (tube: Finsbury Park). Get very busy on match days.  edit
  • Kings Head, 26 Blackstock Rd N4 2DR (tube: Finsbury Park), 0871 258 6247. Fine local pub with friendly Irish landlords.  edit
  • The T-Bird, 132 Blackstock Rd N4 2DX (tube: Finsbury Park), 08721 077 077. Fantastic open mic night on Thursdays and a free jukebox on Mondays.  edit
  • London City Apartments, 104 Offord Rd N1 1PF (tube: Highbury & Islington), 07510 062 715, [22]. Budget studio apartments with kitchens. Maximum 2 person occupancy. From £44.  edit
  • Journey's hostel, 54-58 Caledonian Rd N1 9DP, (tube: King's Cross St Pancras). Budget hostel. From £15 for dorm bed.  edit
  • Pembury Hotel, 326-328 Seven Sisters Rd N4 2AP (tube: Finsbury Park). Budget hotel right opposite Finsbury Park Station. Popular with football fans as it is close to The Emirates Stadium. From £40.  edit
  • Costello Palace Hotel, 374 Seven Sisters Rd (tub: Finsbury Park), [23]. Overlooks Finsbury Park. Forty four rooms. From £92.  edit
  • Hilton London Islington, 53 Upper Street Islington, N1 0UY (tube: Angel), +44 20 7354 7700. Next door the Business Design Centre. From £125.  edit
  • Jury's Inn Islington, (tube: Angel), +44 20 7282 5500, [24]. Large mid-market hotel offering decent value for money. From £79.  edit
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ISLINGTON (in Domesday and later documents Iseldon, Isendon and in the 16th century Hisselton), a northern metropolitan borough of London, England, bounded E. by Stoke Newington and Hackney, S. by Shoreditch and Finsbury, and W. by St Pancras, and extending N. to the boundary of the county of London. Pop.(1901)334,991. The name is commonly applied to the southern part of the borough, which, however, includes the districts of Holloway in the north, Highbury in the east, part of Kingsland in the south-east, and Barnsbury and Canonbury in the south-central portion. The districts included preserve the names of ancient manors, and in Canonbury, which belonged as early as the 13th century to the priory of St Bartholomew, Smithfield, traces of the old manor house remain. The fields and places of entertainment in Islington were favourite places of resort for the citizens of London in the 17th century and later; the modern Ball's Pond Road recalls the sport of duck-hunting practised here and on other ponds in the parish, and the popularity of the place was increased by the discovery of chalybeate wells. At Copenhagen Fields, now covered by the great cattle market (1855) adjoining Caledonian Road, a great meeting of labourers was held in 1834. They were suspected of intending to impose their views on parliament by violence, but a display of military force held them in check. The most noteworthy modern institutions in Islington are the Agricultural Hall, Liverpool Road, erected in 1862, and used for cattle and horse shows and other exhibitions; Pentonville Prison, Caledonian Road (1842), a vast pile of buildings radiating from a centre, and Holloway Prison. The borough has only some 40 acres of public grounds, the principal of which is Highbury Fields. Among its institutions are the Great Northern Central Hospital, Holloway, the London Fever Hospital, the Northern Polytechnic, and the London School of Divinity, St John's Hall,;,Highbury. Islington is a suffragan bishopric in the diocese of London. The parliamentary borough of Islington has north, south, east and west divisions, each returning one member. The borough council consists of a mayor, 10 aldermen and 60 councillors. Area, 3091.5 acres.

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  1. A borough of north London, England

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Islington is a district in north London, in the United Kingdom. The area usually called Islington is only part of the London Borough of Islington. It is a fashionable area and has with large well-built houses and is close to the City of London.

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