Islington Pub Guide


One area that the Borough of Islington really excels in is quaint pubs. We’ve compiled a list of the best locals in the area that are brimming with charm, atmosphere and know how to pour a good pint.


Island Queen 

Sat beside the Regent’s Canal and sandwiched in-between Islington’s Georgian backstreets lies the Island Queen. With a traditional wood-paneled interior, an open fire in winter months and homely atmosphere, it’s the ultimate neighbourhood pub.

Address: 87 Noel Road, Islington, N1 8HD

Telephone: 020 7354 8741


The Junction Tavern 

Housed in an imposing Victoria building dating back to 1885, The Junction Tavern is a Tufnell Park favourite. The décor has been artfully restored to reflect its Victorian roots and the pub contains a spacious conservatory which backs on to a stunning beer garden.

Address: 101 Fortress Road, Tufnell Park, NW5 1AG

Telephone: 020 7485 9400


The Albion 

This Barnsbury favourite exudes English charm. Picture a wisteria-clad façade, walled gardens and a roaring open fire in colder months. Located on a picturesque side street, just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Upper Street, this quaint local has become somewhat of an Islington institution.

Address: 10 Thornhill Road, Barnsbury, N1 1HW

Telephone: 020 7607 7450


The Bull & Last 

This cosy local is guaranteed to please due to its warm and atmospheric charm. The Bull & Last also supports small production breweries and wine makers, so you can rest assure that your tipple will be top-notch. The diverse food menu, focussed on high-quality ingredients, is also a highlight.

Address: 168 Highgate Road, Tufnell Park, NW5 1QS

Telephone: 020 7267 3641


Draper’s Arms 

This neighbourhood gem is dedicated to serving wholesome British fare in a welcoming environment. Sunday lunches are worth writing home about, as is the extensive wine list.

Address: 44 Barnsbury Street, Barnsbury, N1 1ER

Telephone: 020 7619 0348


The Charles Lamb 

Discover The Charles Lamb pub on a charming back street of Angel. This 170-year-old institution is named after the Georgian writer who lived locally. It’s the perfect place to curl up and spend a quiet evening.

Address: 16 Elia Street, Angel, N1 8DE

Telephone: 020 7837 5040


The Pig & Butcher 

Since opening its doors in 2012, The Pig & Butcher has become one of Islington’s most-loved pubs. This local has a laid-back country style appeal with mouth-wateringly good food, featuring seasonal dishes. The meat is sourced from farms with excellent pedigree and butchered on site, while the wine is exclusively obtained from family-owned vineyards.

Address: 80 Liverpool Road, Islington, N1 0QD

Telephone: 020 7226 8304


The Narrowboat 

Tucked away from Angel’s busy centre, The Narrowboat sits directly on the tranquil Regent’s Canal. However,  The Narrowboat’s location is not it’s only selling point; this pub also takes its food and drink seriously. Expect to find cask ales, and a classic, seasonally-inspired British menu.

Address: 119 St. Peter’s Street, Angel, N1 8PZ

Telephone: 020 7400 6003


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