Islington’s long been a pleasure-seekers’ district.
In the 18th century, Upper Street was lined with over 50 ale-houses and pleasure gardens offering archery, bowling, firework displays and hot air balloon rides.
Things haven’t changed… much.
The area’s packed with excellent restaurants, cocktail dens and activity bars dotted along the main drag, with rows of well-kept Victorian terraces punctuated by gastropubs, cafés and independent shops.
Unexpected gems of the area include a city farm that’s home to goats and holidaying guinea pigs; not one but three fringe theatres tucked above pubs; a retro cinema; contemporary art galleries; a gig space in a listed church and a cobbled alleyway lined with antique shops and cafés. And if it’s a sunny day? Get an ice cream to go, and take it for a walk along Regent’s Canal across to East London.