Shop at independent boutiques and enjoy a night at the theatre in Islington. The trendy London Borough is a hub for art, culture and entertainment. There are fantastic markets to discover and beautiful parks, gardens and green spaces.
Things to do in Islington
Discover everything from upscale restaurants to casual bistros clustered along Upper Street. In other parts of Islington, you’ll find charming Georgian pubs with sunny beer gardens draped in purple wisteria, where you can sit down for traditional British classics and local ales. After dark, locals flock to Islington’s fashionable cocktail bars and jazz lounges.
Enjoy everything from classical ballet to Bollywood, flamenco and contemporary at Sadler’s Wells. It’s one of the top dance theatres in London and is a fantastic chance to see the city’s best dancers in action. Small and intimate, King’s Head Theatre hosts eclectic plays, combining the excitement of a performing arts venue with the atmosphere of a cosy pub.
Shop for treasures on pedestrianised Camden Passage. This picturesque lane is lined with a mix of cafes, vintage stores and boutiques. The weekend antique market is a great place to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Stretch your legs on the Regent’s Canal towpath. It’s lined with trees and framed by Victorian townhouses. Stop for a pint at a waterfront pub and watch colourful narrowboats cruise past. Scenic cruises are a relaxing way to enjoy the canal and admire brightly painted narrowboats up close. There are lots of green spaces to enjoy in Islington, including gems like Shoreditch Park.
Getting around Islington
Islington is pedestrian friendly and easy to get around on foot, while local buses are a good way to cover longer distances, or you can hail a taxi. The borough is in both North London and Central London. Tube stations include Angel, Caledonian Road, Canonbury and Old Street and overland trains also call at stations in Islington. Heathrow Airport is a 45-minute drive away.