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10 of the Best Pubs in Islington

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There’s no shortage of pubs in the North London borough of Islington. Whether you’re looking for somewhere warm and cosy or loud and lively, discover ten of the best pubs in Islington.

With beer gardens galore, delicious British pub classics on the menu, a choice of craft beers by London breweries, and even dog-friendly venues, you’ll never be far from a good pub when you live in Islington.

Oak & Pastor

A pint of beer being poured

Firstly, Archway pub Oak & Pastor has a relaxed neighbourhood atmosphere. Located along Junction Road (just around the corner from our Vantage Point apartments), it’s a convenient place for a drink after a wander along the high street.

Come the winter months, this will be your go-to warm and cosy hangout thanks to the roaring log fires and reclaimed church furniture. Visit on Sundays to enjoy the traditional roast menu or Mondays for pizza night. At the bar, you’ll find a wide selection of real ales, local beers and fine wines. Sports fans can watch live screenings of all the major matches here.

Consistently ranked as one of the greatest pubs in Archway and Islington, this is definitely not one to miss.

Address: 86 Junction Road, Archway, Islington, London N19 5QZ
Phone: 020 8616 0943

Follow: @oakandpastor

The Narrowboat

The Narrowboat, Regent's Canal in Islington

Secondly, with the title of the only pub in Islington located directly along Regent’s Canal, The Narrowboat is a hidden gem of a pub with a view. Dine alfresco in the summer and watch the world pass by along the canal from the outside balcony. Even if you can’t secure a table outside, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer canalside views. Inside, the pub is stylishly furnished with rustic tables, sofa benches and a mismatch of wall art.

Futhermore, the Narrowboat is touted to be one of the best pubs in Islington for Sunday roasts. Satisfy your appetite with traditional pub classics, canal-inspired fish dishes, and a vast choice of beers on tap. The pub is also dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch after a walk along the canal.

Address: 119 St Peter’s Street, Islington London N1 8PZ
Phone: 020 7400 6003

Follow: @narrowboatpub

Pig & Butcher

Roast dinner at the Pig and Butcher

Specialising in local and rare meats, butchered on site, Pig & Butcher is one of the best pubs in Islington for a hearty roast. The smart gastropub serves an ever-changing seasonal menu centred on home-grown produce. The drinks menu is also comprised of independent suppliers, including wines by family-owned vineyards and craft beers by London breweries.

Meat is the focal point of each dish, complemented by fresh vegetables and seasonings – Elwy Valley lamb croquette with tomato and garlic chutney; Paddock Farm Tamworth brawn with homemade piccalilli; grass-fed Cumbrian Flank steak with triple cooked chips, to name a few dishes. Visit on Sundays for an indulgent roast dinner with all the trimmings.

Address: 80 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 0QD
Phone: 020 7226 8304
Follow: @pigandbutcher

The Old Queen’s Head


The Old Queen's Head bar

The lively Essex Road pub, The Old Queen’s Head, will become your local for a pint and evening entertainment. There’s always something going on here. The pub doubles up as a venue for karaoke, club nights with live DJ sets, and pub quizzes. There’s even a private ‘playroom’ with arcade games, a vintage foosball table and more – a good choice to hire for a lowkey birthday or alternative office celebration.

If you’d rather enjoy a chilled evening drink, the main pub is well stocked with local craft beers and a menu of classic cocktails. Don’t leave before trying one of the generously-laden burgers from Lucky Chip (vegan ‘cheeseburgers’ available too).

Address: 44 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LN
Phone: 020 7354 9993
Follow: @oldqueenshead

The Islington Town House

The Islington Town House

The trendy The Islington Town House on Liverpool Road has you covered if you’re looking for a cosy spot for a drink and pub grub. Centrally located by Angel Underground, the pub will become your local when you live this side of Islington.

Pop by for a pint in the sunny outdoor terrace, tuck into a hearty meal in the cosy dining space or discover the speakeasy-inspired micro cocktail bar upstairs. There’s something on the food menu for everyone, whether you’re a meat lover, a vegetarian, a vegan or gluten intolerant. You’ll also find one of the biggest wine lists of any Islington pub here.

Address: 13 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 0RW
Phone: 020 3637 6424
Follow: @islingtontownhouse

The Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge pub exterior

You can expect a warm welcome at Britain’s first certified organic pub, The Duke of Cambridge. The pub operates under a sustainable ethos, sourcing the best seasonal ingredients from local organic farmers and growers. The modern British cuisine blends Mediterranean influences, offering a truly special dining experience.

The menu changes on a daily basis. You’ll find a choice of vegetarian, vegan, meat and seafood dishes, but organic veg is the star of every plate. From warming favourites like a venison cottage pie to sumptuous butternut squash risotto, there’s always something to whet your appetite. Pair your dish with one of the biodynamic wines.

Address: 30 St Peters Street, Islington, London N1 8JT
Phone: 020 7359 3066
Follow: @thedukeorganic

The Albion

The Albion pub garden

With its huge wisteria-covered garden, The Albion is one of the best pubs in Islington for outdoor dining and drinks. The Georgian pub dates all the way back to a time when Islington was just fields and farmland.  All these years on, it remains a popular hangout.

The pub retains a number of traditional interior touches, offering a nostalgic British pub dining experience. The all-day menu features pub favourites like burgers, beer-battered haddock and chips, and vegetable Wellington. Meet with friends outdoors in the summer months and work your way through the extensive international wine list.

Address: 10 Thornhill Road, Islington, London N1 1HW
Phone: 020 7607 7450
Follow: @thealbionpub

The Canonbury Tavern

The Canonbury Tavern pub garden

Word has it that George Orwell drafted some of his famous novel 1984 while sitting in the garden at The Canonbury Tavern. This well-established pub nestled between Highbury and Islington boasts one of the largest pub gardens in the area. Toast to the British summertime with friends and leave the bustle of the city behind. The pub is an equally good place to visit in the winter thanks to the log fires, plush leather armchairs and cosy corners.

On the menu, you’ll find a mouth-watering choice of dishes including all your favourite pub staples. There’s also a premium wine menu, classic Sunday roast list and weekend brunch. The pub is dog-friendly, so you expect to see plenty of four-legged friends here too.

Address: 21 Canonbury Place, Islington, London N1 2NS
Phone: 020 7704 2887
Follow: @canonburytavern

The Crown

The Crown, Islington

If you like to pair your Sunday roast with a gin and tonic, The Crown is one of Islington’s best choices. Situated down a picturesque side road, the relaxed Victorian pub feels miles away from the busy Islington high street.

You’ll receive a warm welcome here and can happily bring along a dog. Dine al fresco in the terrace area or snuggle down among the lounge chairs inside. The food menu comprises British pub recipes practiced to perfection. So you can tempt your sweet tooth with a dessert to finish your meal. You can’t go wrong with banoffee pie, Eton mess or homemade ice cream.

Address: 116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London N1 0EB
Phone: 020 7837 7107
Follow: @crownislington

Brewhouse & Kitchen

Brewery in Islington

Brewhouse & Kitchen is a friendly hangout for after-work drinks, a weekend meet-up with friends or a filling Sunday roast. There are two pub locations in the borough of Islington: outside Angel Underground and by Highbury & Islington station.

The best thing is that Brewhouse & Kitchen is home to its own on-site microbrewery. In other words, beer fans can rejoice at the menu of more than seventy beers and ciders. The expert waiters will happily suggest a beer to match your taste buds too. Visit on the weekends for a brunch burger or B&K full English breakfast (veggie option available). Or choose from the all-day menu of steak, salads, pies and burgers.

Address: 2A Corsica Street, Highbury, London N5 1JJ
Phone: 020 7226 1026
Follow: @brewhouse_and_kitchen

The Best Pubs in Islington

So in conclusion, when you live in Islington, you will enjoy a lively social scene and an array of good pubs right on your doorstep. This North London borough is home to some of the capital’s best hangouts, whatever your mood.

So if you’re thinking of moving to Islington, download our complete guide to the area. You can be a part of this lively corner of London when you live in our stylish Vantage Point apartments, centrally located by Archway Tube station.

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