Islington lies to the north of the city centre and is the second smallest London borough although very densely populated. It started as an overcrowded London suburb transformed into a neighbourhood of high-class status, home to the vibrant Upper Street, Camden Passage and Chapel Market and the residential areas around Angel tube station.
Islington is home to approx 200,000 people, a vibrant and lively part of the world and benefits from a wealth of restaurants, clubs, fringe theatres and community events: buildings that began as inns and defunct social houses have since been re-emerged as fashionable gastropubs, wine bars, and boutiques all very well serviced by many bus lines and nearby tube stations.
Some interesting facts:
Recommended this week:
Food and drinks
The Alwyne Castle - a pub for all seasons with great outdoor space perfect for the summer sunshine; I have chosen The Alwyne as #MyBestMealIslington for August ( review coming out this weekend) - Loved it.
Amorino Ice Cream Shop, 110 Upper St - delicious artisanal ice-cream.
My favourite flavour - pistachio. The only comment here is: YUM!!! A nice ice cream whilst strolling up and down the every busy Upper Street , browing through the shops, is a must have.
The Bar with No Name,69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA, has shed its previous mysterious reputation and is now packed out every night with people dying to sample the expertly crafted cocktails
Art & Culture
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is a small museum hosted in Grade II listed Georgian town house recently renovated and now with a bookshop and café, six galleries and art library. Franco Grignani: Art as Design 1950 - 1990 is the exhibition currently showing, featuring around 130 paintings and works on paper, including graphic design projects many of which are on loan from private collections and from the Manuela Grignani Sirtoli Archive ( 5 July- 10 September)
Up Against it: Islington 1967
- An exhibition exploring the impact of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) and the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the borough’s most (in)famous gay couple, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, on 9 August, showing at Islington Museum
(22 July - 21 October)
Mrs Orwell by Tony Cox
" SO WHAT YOU WANT, IN A NUTSHELL, GEORGE, IS A MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, NURSE, LITERARY EXECUTOR AND MOTHER FOR RICHARD?" fringe theatre at its best, showing at the Old Red Lion in St John's Street ( 1 - 26 August ) .
PS: They serve amazing pies in cooperation with Pieminister Award Wimming Pies.
That's this weekend sorted; see you next week to explore some more xxx