Top 10 Things to Do in Islington
Islington is more than just wide, leafy avenues and striking Georgian architecture. It’s also home to a long list of unique and characterful places to visit. Read on for our round-up of the best local attractions.
Quite possibly our favourite cinema in the capital, Screen on the Green is part of the Everyman network. It’s guaranteed to be one of the most comfortable cinema trips you’ll experience. For your cinema ticket, you can kick back in one of the signature seats or two-seater sofas. Plus, the venue is renowned for its fantastic bar and food menu; Espresso Martini served with a side of hummus and flatbread, anyone?
Address: Screen on the Green, 83 Upper Street, N1 0NU
Telephone: 0871 906 9060
Universally regarded as one of the world’s best dance venues, Sadler’s Wells is famous for bringing a diverse range of performances to the capital. Shows cover tango to flamenco, hip hop to contemporary ballet. Don’t miss Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, showing until 27thJanuary 2019.
Address: Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
Telephone: 020 7863 8000
One of London’s original farmer’s markets, this institution is held every Sunday from 12-2pm and features a wide range of seasonal flowers, organic meat and sumptuous fruit and vegetables.
Address: Chapel Market, Penton Street, N1 9PZ
Telephone: 020 7833 0338
This 325-seat theatre sits in the heart of Islington. It’s renowned for producing a diverse range of drama from some of the world’s best artists. As such, the Almeida feels like a distinctly local theatre with a world-class reputation. Not-to-be-missed.
Address: Almeida Street, N1 1TA
Telephone: 020 7359 4404
Built in the late 1880s, the Union Chapel is one of the most unique concert venues in London. It also maintains its day job as a working church, with daily services. As well as exquisite architectural details, this Grade-I gothic chapel also offers a warm atmosphere and unbeatable acoustics.
Address: 19b Compton Terrace, N1 2UN
Telephone: 020 7226 1686
With a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s leading chocolatiers, Paul A Young is a must-visit for those with a sweet tooth. Check out the store’s diverse range of unusual flavours, such as caramel latte, milk chocolate gingerbread, wild strawberry and orange & tarragon.
Address: 33 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
Telephone: 020 7424 5750
The Estorick Collection showcases the best in 20thcentury Italian art, with a focus on works from the Futurist movement, including Balla, Boccioni and Russolo. The collections are housed in a beautiful Georgian villa, which also hosts a delightful garden café.
Address: 34a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN
Telephone: 020 7704 9522
This intimate cocktail bar sits on an unassuming Islington backstreet. The hidden entrance is marked by a single lantern and once inside you’ll find an extensive and creative cocktail list. For the full effect, we recommend visiting during live pianist nights.
Address: 69 Colebrook Row, N1 8AA
Telephone: 07540 528593
If you’ve long ago ticked off the V&A, British Museum and Natural History Museum, and are looking for a new cultural spot, then why not try the London Canal Museum? This hidden gem explains the history of the city’s waterways, what life was like for the people that lived and worked on the canals, and the little-known Victorian ice trade.
Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road, N1 9RT
Telephone: 020 7713 0836
This Islington stalwart is arguably the capital’s best theatre pub, famous for its eclectic programming and enviable alumni, including Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Each year, the Pub features eight original shows which are shown at the back of this grand Victorian local.
Address: 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN
Telephone: 020 7226 4443
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