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Islington
Islington

Islington

Free admission
London, N5

The Basics

Get a taste of London life as you explore the district’s diverse restaurants and cafés, or peruse the trendy retailers that line the High Street and Upper Street thoroughfares. Locally led tours allow you to personalize your itinerary to suit your interests, while culture vultures can take advantage of tours that include the area’s literary or musical landmarks, including the site where Pink Floyd recorded some of their most iconic work.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Islington’s links to modern literature and classic British bands makes it a must for culture vultures.

  • History buffs will enjoy the district’s Georgian and Victorian architecture, as well as its connection to modern politics.

  • Most of the area’s major attractions are wheelchair friendly; check specific arrangements ahead of time.

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How to Get There

Islington is well-covered by London’s transport network. The Angel tube station serves its southerly border, while Highbury & Islington station marks the end of Upper Street. Several local buses also operate in the area.

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When to Get There

Islington’s nightlife is particularly popular with capital dwellers, and its bars, clubs, theaters, and live music venues provide entertainment well into the early hours. Alternatively, early birds can seek out one of the area’s bottomless brunch venues for a typically London experience.

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Islington and English Literature

Islington’s influence on English culture is clear in its literary links. George Orwell wrote part of 1984 while living in Islington, and Douglas Adams, author ofThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, often referenced his home town in his work. A fictional Islington street serves as the Order of the Phoenix headquarters inHarry Potter, and the area appears in many Charles Dickens novels, includingOliver Twist andNicholas Nickleby.

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