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Exploring Upper Street
Islington's main high street, Upper Street, is a hive of activity day and night. Explore well-stacked charity shops, vintage stores, independent fashion and homeware, high street favourites, and luxury designer brands.
Amongst the colorful shops of Upper Street, many award-winning restaurants, historic pubs and contemporary bars await. Not to mention theaters and events spaces hosting some of the most revered shows in London. Spending a morning, afternoon or a full day mooching around this bust London high street is easy.
Choose a hotel nearby to enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere and easy access to the rest of London from Angel or Highbury & Islington stations.
1. Screen on the Green
Upper Street's Everyman Screen on the Green is a 1913 cinema where you can watch the latest releases in a beautiful and iconic setting. The single-screen cinema has a classic neon-lit facade, which means you can't miss it when walking along Islington's busy high street.
Popcorn isn't the only thing on the menu here – Screen on the Green serves snacks and light meals in the foyer bar and even delivers food to your seat! Order sharing plates, pizzas, hot dogs, deserts and shakes. Or choose alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks before or during your movie.
The Almedia Theater has stood on Almedia Street, just off Upper Street, since 1980. This small theater and production house has a giant reputation. At the same time, the cozy café and bar provide a perfect place to meet before a show.
Recent award-winning productions from the Almedia include Rebecca Frecknall's adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire with Oscar-nominee Paul Mescal and Yaël Farber's adaptation of The Tragedy of Macbeth , starring Saoirse Ronan.
3. Camden Passage
Search for treasure along Camden Passage, a vibrant pedestrian-only street that runs parallel to Upper Street. Explore antique stalls and shops, pop into traditional pubs or enjoy artisan coffee from one of several independent coffee shops.
Camden Passage is also home to restaurants and cafes to suit every craving. Throw in the tiny Moosey Art Gallery, and you've found a perfect place to while away a couple of hours in Islington.
4.Food and drink
Islington is famously one of London's best foodie neighbourhoods, with too many great restaurants to explore in just one day. Make a dent in what's on offer when you visit a couple of our favorite spots around Upper Street for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Afghan Kitchen
- The Blue Vegetable
- The Little Inn
- 12:51 by Chef James Cochran
- The Old Queen's Head
- The Drapers Arms
- The Pig and Butcher
- The Three Johns
- Fox on The Green
5.Islington Assembly Hall
Islington Assembly Hall is a Grade II-listed live music venue on Upper Street. It's part of the Islington Town Hall, a beautiful space for ambient events. Check out what's on while in London to make the most of your time in Islington.