Islington is a multi-ethnic hotspot for London’s literati and artists. A vibrant borough, Islington has an unparalleled culture of theatre life and hip nightlife. The Camden Passage Market in Islington is the best place to buy antiques in London. Some of the most popular places in and around Islington that have attract tourists include:
London Canal Museum- This museum is situated in the King’s Cross area of London. You will find a wealth of information about the London canal system at the museum. It is a regional museum that is the pride of Islington. The building that houses the museum is a remodelled Victorian ice house which opened its doors to the public in 1992. If you require a comfortable accommodation near the museum, OYO Apollo Hotel is situated only 665 metres from this landmark.
Angel Wings- If you want surreal photos for your Instagram feed, this mural on the doors of the Redemption Bar is perfect for you. An unusual mural, Angel Wings is an iconic feature of the street-art of Islington. The wings are nestled in between brick arched-doorways on either side.
The Crypt Gallery- An underground gallery that showcases art history and exhibitions, it is an ideal place for art appreciators to gather. Its morbid history attracts the attention of offbeat travellers even more. This crypt of St. Parish Church was used to bury coffins till 1854. It acts as the venue for atmospheric pieces that are a little eccentric and moody.
Emirates Museum- The well-known Arsenal club moved to The Emirates in 2006. It is the second-largest football club stadium in England, having a capacity for more than 60,000 people. Visitors can take a tour down the tunnel that leads to the stadium and learn the history of the club along the way.
Union Chapel- This majestic 16th-century gothic landmark of Islington facilitates a noble mission, to provide food to the homeless around the area. Its tour de force, however, are the jazz shows held here. Regular comedy routines are also a prominent crowd-puller at this Chapel.
What to Eat?
Islington’s culinary landscape has been constantly improving its fare. The multi-ethnic population means that the streets are dotted with varied local favourites that serve heart-warming stews made with vegetables and meat. Your standard eastern Mediterranean cuisine is taken up a notch with brunch and beer restaurants that serve falafels and kebabs. Classic restaurants that have been around for decades are ideal for modern European meals. Thai salads at the new joints have a contemporary feel. You can sample all the food items that Islington has to offer and you will only rejoice at the choice with no complaints! If you want to buy some quirky souvenirs, Camden Passage Market is the place to be, which sports a hip vibe and an active nightlife.
How To Reach?
The London City Airport is 15 km from the Canal Museum. If you're travelling via the London Underground Tube, you can exit at the Angel Station which is a few minutes walk from the car-free street of the Camden Market. You can take the 19, 30 and 38 buses to reach Islington from anywhere in London. Taxis are another reliable way of commuting. Being a populated area with such hullabaloo, Islington is safe for tourists.
Best Accommodation in Islington
OYO Hotels in Islington have around 50 properties that boast of modern amenities like free wifi, bars, in-house restaurants, rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV and AC. You can make use of the shuttle and taxi services provided by the hotel as well.