Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof. Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
Here at Angel Central, we have a passion for getting out in the sunshine and going for a good walk, and we just so happen to be located in the beautiful area of Islington. As many local people will know, there are multiple different scenic locations around Islington that can provide the perfect backdrop to any walk, and most of them are only a stone’s throw away. To help out anyone looking for some great walking spots with some breathtaking views, here’s a few of our top picks.
Myddelton Square Gardens
The first entry on our list is Myddelton Square Gardens, which is actually a staple on many different popular walking routes around Islington. Originally laid out between 1824 and 1827, this square is named after Sir Hugh Myddelton and was rebuilt by the New River Company after suffering heavy damage in World War II. Myddelton Square Gardens features lots of mature trees and beautiful use beds, with seating options if you fancied a break to take in some nature. There’s even a playground next to the church if you’ve got the kids along with you.
Next up we have Highbury Fields, a fantastic local park with a wide range of on-site facilities and the views to go with it. As well as being a nice location for a walk, this Islington park has lots of fun things to do including a playground, bandstand, pool and fitness centre and even the Oasis Cafe (nothing to do with the Gallagher brothers) to enjoy a tasty treat. At an impressive 29 acres, Highbury Fields is actually the largest open space in all of Islington. If you like your space, this is a great spot for it.
We’ve spoken about Islington Tunnel in previous articles, but it’s hard not to when it’s such a staple of the local area. Islington Tunnel opened all the way back in 1818 and while you can’t walk through it, it’s a sight that needs to be seen. The tunnel itself runs beneath Islington, from Caledonian Road all the way to Colebrooke Row, coming in at an impressive 878 meters long. The surrounding area makes for a fantastic location, and if you’re looking for a peaceful and scenic route, this is a place you need to visit.
Compton Terrace Gardens
Our next stop on this list is Compton Terrace Gardens, a quiet haven located on Upper Street. Compton Terrace Gardens were initially created back in 1823 and runs for nearly 70 metres long. The gardens feature lovely trees and shrubs on either side, with a beautiful lawn running down the middle. This is a perfect place to stop for a lunchtime picnic, and there’s a lovely range of flowers and plants to gaze upon during your walk.
If you haven’t realised by now, a lot of Islington’s best walking spots tend to be gardens or parks. Barnard Park is no exception, and is one of the larger parks in the borough of Islington, spanning 10 acres. The path that runs through the park is surrounded by fantastic large trees, and the park even includes sports facilities and a playground for the kids to go wild on. With plenty of open space, this park is ideal for any avid dog walkers out there.
We might be a little bit biased, but enjoying a nice walk (and maybe even a bit of shopping) at Angel Central is a good plan for anyone looking to stretch their legs. With a wide variety of shops, eating spots and great forms of entertainment available, we’re sure that you’ll manage to hit your daily step goals walking around our shopping centre.
Islington Guided Walks
If you’re really serious about enjoying some quality walking time around Islington, then there are a range of different guided walks you can go on. Islington Guided Walks are done by the Mayor of Islington’s Official Guides and include site tours, walking tours and even custom events as part of their services. Each walk is entirely unique, and features a range of exciting and interesting topics, from architecture to ghost sightings to banned books in London. These guided walks are very popular too, even gathering the likes of Jeremy Corbyn among others. We recommend trying out at least one of these tours.
And that’s our list! Have we missed any essential spots that local walkers need to visit? Be sure to let us know and we’ll add them to the list.