Islington Area Guide

Islington is one of London’s most well-loved neighbourhoods, located within a stone’s throw of some of the city’s finest cultural hot spots. From comedy clubs and cobbled back streets filled with independent shops, to arts and cultural institutions – there’s something for everyone.

A truly vibrant neighbourhood, you will often find locals and visitors alike enjoying a coffee at one of the many cafés lining the streets of Angel, perusing the antiques shops and hunting for bargains at the bustling street markets.

Get your culture fix

With a roster of cultural landmarks steeped in history, Islington and the Angel area packs a punch to rival that of central London. Here you can find the Almeida Theatre – situated in a beautiful listed building – where you can see the next generation of British talent take to the stage.

If art is more your thing, then you are in luck. Within the local area are some excellent smaller galleries – from the Victoria Miro, just up the Regent’s Canal, to the Estorick Collection in Canonbury Square which houses the UK’s only collection dedicated to modern Italian art.

Singing in the rain at Sadler's Wells

While those of you with a penchant for live music and dance will also not be disappointed. Islington is home to some of London’s most iconic venues, such as the world-famous Sadler’s Wells, where you can see an ever-changing line-up of performances from household names like Michel Bourne and the Royal Ballet to name but a few.

The stunning Union Chapel hosts an impressive schedule of live music, talks and comedy – book now to see comedians like David O’Doherty and Ed Gamble take to the stage, or further ahead hear live organ recitals and festive performances from the likes of renowned folk singer Cara Dillon. Nearby you will also find the cinematic institution Screen on the Green and the ever popular Angel Comedy Club.

Dining and drinking

If an all-day foodie adventure is your cup of tea, then Islington is just the ticket. With Exmouth Market located just up the road, and neighbourhood joints like Ottolenghi, Trullo, The Bar with No Name, The Albion and The Island Queen, it’s entirely possible (and perhaps recommended!) to dine out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Nestled in the heart of Islington Green itself is where you will find Bellanger. As a quintessential all-day dining brasserie, we serve traditional dishes like steak tartare with frites to weekend brunch specials like crêpes with chocolate sauce and freshly whipped cream.

Bellanger is a dog friendly restaurant in Islington

We always keep tables free on our terrace for those passing by. And for those of you with dogs, they are more than welcome at Bellanger!

Shopping

No guide to Islington could be complete without mentioning its array of shops. Upper Street is not to be missed with its high-end boutiques, but if you take the time to explore you will find some hidden gems.

Camden Passage is a picturesque back street filled with independent retailers and antiques shops. If you are a chocolate fiend then you should make a beeline for Paul A. Young’s shop.

Over on Chapel Street, you can find the aptly named Chapel market which has been tending to locals for more than 100 years. On Sundays this turns into Islington Farmers’ Market, where you can fill your fridge with seasonal, organic produce.

Take a stroll

For those of you who enjoy a leisurely walk, then a stroll along the Regent’s Canal never goes amiss.

The Regent's Canal is in walking distance of Bellanger

You can walk from the west to Angel, via King’s Cross (or indeed the other way around!), or onwards to the equally enticing neighbourhoods of east London and the beautiful Victoria Park. Whichever route you choose to take, you will not be disappointed.