Name: Natasha Duminy
Title: Marketing & Sales Intern at Palmers Lodge Hostels
Age: 21 years old
Country of origin: France
My favourite district borough in London is Islington, a district located in north/centre London, next to Camden and King’s Cross.
Formerly a deprived area and often mentioned on Dickens books about the working class of London during the 19th Century, Islington, is now one of the trendiest place to be/live/party in London.
Occupied by hipters and beautiful-people, this neighbourhood offers a wide range of activities that are consistent with its cultural heritage. As a result, you can shop, explore your cultural side and have a great night, without having to leave this area.
In the morning you can go top up your grocery list at the picturesque daily market on Chapel Road, near Angel Station, or go for a stroll around any of the several small parks in this vicinity. As for lunch, stop at Sea Fish on Upper Street Road, the main street of Islington, to try their traditional (and gourmet) Fish & Chips.
After you can indulge in some shopping around Upper street, where you will find plenty of high street, designer boutiques as well as plenty of quirky antique shops. A prerequisite is to visit the Camden Passage Antiques Centre where you will find a fantastic selection of second-hand goods on Wednesdays and Saturdays or booksellers, jewellery and vintage clothing during the rest of the week.
If you like vintage, don’t forget to visit at Annie’s Vintage Clothes, which offers a great selection of clothes that date back to the mid 20th Century.
Islington is also famous for its nightlife, in particular around Angel, this part of London offers some of the best options in terms of restaurants and bars in the Capital. Go for a drink to the Anam Bar on Chapel Market, for great music and well priced drinks, or, more intimate, at the 25 Canonbury Lane, a popular bar with a great selection of cocktails.
After, you can choose to see innovative productions at the renowned theatre of Almeida, or if you like contemporary dance, you have to make sure you book a performance at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
But, above all, don’t forget to go dancing while you visit this amazing area! For those who enjoy a jazzy atmosphere at ‘Round Midnight, a jazz and blues bar, you won’t be disappointed. But if you prefer to listen modern music, drop by the The Old Queen’s Head Pub, and for the truly nocturnal birds out there, head to the Scala to enjoy live music and great DJ.
Islington is well-served in terms of transport, so an area really easy to reach by public transport served by multiple stations both on the underground, overground and bus networks. For north side of Upper Street make your way to Highsbury & Islington station, on the Victoria Line and London Overground. If it’s the south of Upper Street where you plan to go, the closest tube station is Angel, which is served by the Northern Line.