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Top Ten Things To Do In Islington

London Lifestyle
04.04.16

With a huge lineup of quirky pubs, unique theatres, and independent shops for every taste, you don’t need to leave Islington this weekend because everything is right on your doorstep! Here’s our countdown of the top ten things to do in Islington:

10. The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar

A 20-minute bus ride from Vantage Point down Holloway Road will bring you to a bar affectionately referred to as ‘The Chicks’. This comedy club has played host to many of London’s favourite comedians – from emerging talents to the UK’s best-known stand-ups, such as Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand. This intimate theatre is a fascinating place where you can enjoy the best in British comedy.

9. The Islington Museum

A short walk from Angel tube station will bring you to a museum with multimedia exhibitions, famous memorabilia and amazing displays showcasing the fascinating history of London. Whether you’re a native Londoner or new in town, the museum is guaranteed to show you a new side to the city.

8. The Elk In The Woods

And before you head home, grab one of the best cocktails in Islington at The Elk In The Woods. Transformed into the style of a woodland retreat with rustic wood walls, funky mirrors and designer wallpaper, this pub gives you a temporary diversion from London life.

7. Cafe Del Parc

Just a five-minute walk from Archway tube station on Junction Road, this tapas restaurant serves up fantastic dishes with a North African twist. An intimate venue with an open kitchen, Cafe Del Parc offers Londoners a friendly and relaxing atmosphere in addition to great food and wine.

6. Lucky Voice

This upmarket karaoke bar across the road from Islington Town Hall has private booths, plasma screens and clever acoustic effects, so even if your voice is a little rusty, you can still sing along with your friends. What’s more, drinks are delivered to your booth at the push of a button.

5. Explore Upper Street

If you’re looking to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank then Upper Street is a great place for a stroll. It’s packed with independent shops, big high street brands and a variety of places to eat and drink. When you’ve seen enough, head to Highbury Fields to relax in the peace and quiet.

4. Home & Pantry

And whilst you’re strolling along Upper Street, make sure you take a detour down Camden Passage to an independent homeware and fashion boutique called Home & Pantry. This quirky store boasts stylish accessories, gorgeous gifts and trendy furnishings – perfect if you’re looking for something unique.

3. Islington Farmers’ Market

This local market showcases London’s best produce, such as the leek and apricot sausages from Shabden Park Farm, the Japanese bantam eggs from Hurdlebrook Farm, and Kingcup Farm’s candy-striped beetroot to name but a few of the great items on offer. Head down on a Sunday between 10am and 2pm.

2. The Narrow Boat

This hidden gem is the only pub situated on Regent’s Canal in Islington. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of London life, it always has a relaxed atmosphere and the gastro pub cuisine is second to none.

1. The King’s Head Theatre

Hidden behind a Victorian pub steeped in history in a room previously used as a boxing ring and pool hall, this theatre has helped to launch the careers of many of Britain’s most successful actors, such as Hugh Grant, Steven Berkoff, Joanna Lumley, Tom Stoppard and the late Alan Rickman.

So whether you’re looking for a great night out or a fun day trip, Islington has something for everyone – especially at the weekend. So what are you waiting for? Head out and explore the boutiques, theatres and pubs.

What would you add to the list? Add your favourite Islington hang-outs below or tweet us @EssLiving.

 

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