Places to see in London Islington
Islington is the arts-lover’s paradise, with high-end galleries, theatres and concert venues galore. Safely removed from the glamorous and flashy lights of the West End, Islington plays host to the highly respectable Almeida Theatre, which offers challenging new writing and spectacular casts, or if you want theatre for the kids, you could go to the Little Angel Theatre and see what plays and workshops they have on offer. If you’re a music fanatic, there is no better venue than the Union Chapel for atmosphere.
Recommended Attraction in Islington
But for something a little more “real”, we reckon you shouldn’t miss some stand-up comedy at the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar on St Paul’s Road. This is a tiny, above-a-pub theatre that puts on a wide range of interesting, low-budget theatrical fare and runs regular, brilliant comedy acts. The pub itself is a treat and a great place to get a drink and have a social chitchat, so all round offers a great night out.
Islington Attractions List
Islington has a wealth of interesting and unique places to visit in all four corners of the borough, so without a doubt, you’ll find something to suit your tastes. The itinerary below gives you a flavour of all that Islington has to offer, and our Islington hotel booking service makes it easy to book affordable accommodation that will make your stay a pleasant one.
Here you’ll find the world famous Sadler's Wells theatre. Sadler's Wells breaks new ground in theatre design, but behind the stylish new building is a history of over 300 years.
Address: Roseberry Ave, London EC1R 4TN
Phone: 0844 412 4300
The London Canal Museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in 1862 for Carlo Gatti (the famous ice cream maker) and features the history of ice cream as well as the canals!
Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT
Phone: 020 7713 0836
You’ll find Angel Wings here – an impressive sculpture that forms a centrepiece of Islington town centre. It was designed in 2003 and is thought to be the biggest public artwork in the whole of London.
Address: London, Greater London N1 0PS
This is The Business Design Centre - one of the most stylish venues in north London. It’s home to a range of events, shows and fairs throughout the year so make sure you check what’s on during your stay in Islington.
Address: 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH
Phone: 020 7359 3535
Here is London’s most thriving antiques village - the world-famous Camden Passage. You don’t need to be a collector to find Camden Passage incredibly unique and intriguing…
Address: London Borough of Islington, London N1 8EA
The Waterstone’s bookshop at Islington Green used to be Collins Music Hall and the great Charlie Chaplin made one of his final appearances in England here.
Address: 11 Islington Green, London N1 2XH
Phone: 0843 290 8411
Feeling peckish? Make sure you stop here, at the Duke of Cambridge gastro pub. All their food and beer is organic and delicious!
Address: 30 Saint Peter's Street, London N1 8JT
Phone: 020 7359 3066
Pretty Islington Green hosts the Screen on the Green cinema so if you fancy catching a film during your stay, now is the time!
Address: 83 Upper Street, London N1 0NP
Phone: 0871 906 9060
This historic 19th century pub, the King’s Head, holds a theatre that was founded in 1970. Over the past four decades the King's Head has played host to some great British stars of stage and screen including Victoria Wood, Joanna Lumley, Alan Rickman, Sir Tom Stoppard, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Prunella Scales and Mel Smith. The King's Head has transferred 37 shows to the West End - more than any other non-West End theatre.
Address: 115 Upper Street, Islington, Greater London N1 1QN
Phone: 020 7478 0160
Beneath St. Mary’s church is The Crypt Gallery. It exhibits an eclectic mixture of work from British and foreign artists. The gallery concentrates mainly on paintings but has the occasional collection of sculpture and mixed media pieces that are not to be missed.
Address: Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2BA
Phone: 020 7388 1461
For a dash of culture (and a lot of fun!) visit the Little Angel Theatre. In 1961 a group of puppeteers found a derelict hall in Islington and transformed it into this magical little theatre, specially designed for children and for the presentation of puppet shows. It continues to be respected, both throughout the UK and abroad, and the productions now use every type of puppet and draw their stories from a wide range of cultural traditions.
Address: 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN
Phone: 020 7226 1787
Here you’ll find something more serious. The Almeida Theatre is famous for award-winning contemporary drama. The London Evening Standard calls it “the most daring theatre in London?.
Address: Almeida Street, London N1 1TA
Phone: 020 7359 4404
Battishall Street Gardens are one of the most beautiful public gardens in Islington. Popular with locals and visitors alike these gardens have served as a place of rest and relaxation for the people of the suburb for many generations.
Address: London Borough of Islington, London N1 1TE
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is located in this Grade II Georgian building in Canonbury Square. It’s the UK’s only gallery devoted to modern Italian art, so the collection is internationally renowned. A licensed Italian café offers alfresco dining in these pretty landscaped gardens!
Address: 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN
Phone: 020 7704 9522
You may be surprised to find this in the middle of Islington! Freightliners Farm is a city farm that’s been here for 30 years and provides an opportunity for you to experience a real working farm in action. Why not enjoy a taste of country life here, in the city!
Address: Sheringham Road, London N7 8PF
Phone: 020 7609 0467
Whether you’re a football fan or not you’ll be impressed by the magnitude of the Emirates Stadium – home to the prestigious Arsenal FC. Have a guided tour or visit the Arsenal Football Club Museum which tells the history of this world famous club.
Address: 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU
Phone: 020 7619 5003
The Union Chapel is mainly known for its hosting of live music (where it hosts some classic and excellent names) but few will tell you that it also hosts a homeless charity and is an active church. These three elements combined make it an impressive venue, and well worth going to see, even if you can’t get tickets to the massive bands playing there.
Address: Compton Avenue, Islington, London N1 2XD
Phone: 020 7226 1686
The Hen & Chickens is a pub with an upstairs theatre (as is London’s forte), both of which are fantastic. The theatre usually hosts comedy but does devote much of its season to theatre too, and with tickets reasonably priced and a good following, it’s well worth getting yourself along.
Address: 109 Saint Pauls Road, Islington, London N1 2NA
Phone: 020 7704 2001