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.
Islington is known for being one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The area’s elegant streets serve as a perfect meeting area for all of the creative types of North London.
There are so many places that have gotten the spotlight over the years, however we wanted to shed some light on some of Islington’s hidden gems.
Jones & Sons
A classic British restaurant and cocktail bar, Jones & Sons is a trendy place to meet, eat and drink with an emphasis on honest British food and cocktails from around the world.
Located just off Upper Street in Angel Central, the restaurant is beautifully decorated and gives customers an escape from the busy streets of Islington. Not only do they serve their popular bottomless brunch every week but their famous Sunday roast is also something that can’t be missed.
The Breakfast Club
While this establishment is not a club based purely on the wonderful coming of age film of the same name, it does have a lot of fun 80’s nods and references to help give it that vibe.
Tucked away in Camden Passage, this is the 2ndaddition to the Breakfast Club family and since opening in 2007 has been offering customers a variety of salivating food options including, burgers, waffles, burgers and much more. With so much to choose from, you won’t know where to start.
If you are looking for an instant throwback to the times of old, then the only place to go is The Breakfast Club.
Little Angel Theatre
The Little Angel Theatre has been making waves for almost 60 years now and has been providing high quality family based entertainment ever since.
Specialising in puppet shows, the theatre is dedicated to igniting the imaginations of all of the young minds watching the performances by creating and sharing inspirational stories that can really speak to the audience.
Puppetry is a remarkable art form and one that has gone rather under the radar over the past few years so make sure you stop by “London’s Hidden Gem” and dive back into a classic genre and imaginative form of storytelling.
Angel Comedy Club
If you’re up for a laugh, get yourself down to the Angel Comedy Club for some quality jokes and thirst quenching beverages.
Featuring incredible stand up comedy 7 nights a week, the Angel Comedy Club prides itself on embracing both established and upcoming comedic talent to give you the chance to release some endorphins and have a good time.
With new talent consistently making their presence known, it’s about time you got down there and see what all of the fuss is about.
The Reading Room
Next up we have The Reading Room, a cosy little bar that is perfect for acting as the resting spot after a long day of sightseeing.
The Reading Room has a lot to offer. The wide array of drinks available both in bottle and on draught make this an ideal choice for your average alcohol enthusiast. You can also stop by for some food if you feel like it.
After going to a few of these hidden gems, you will be itching for a filling meal and refreshing drink to top it off – so why not stop by.
The Bar With No Name
We already know what you’re thinking, this sounds like a super secret meeting place from a movie.
While it is not that, the name alone makes this place a notable visit instantaneously. Serving a wide variety of drinks, you will find something accustomed to your personal taste. On top of that, you can enjoy a fun and unorthodox vibe which makes this place stand out from the rest.
If going somewhere different is your gig, then you will definitely want to take a trip to The Bar With No Name.
We couldn’t write an article about Islington’s hidden gems without talking about the crown jewel with gem in the name.
The Gem Restaurant is known as London’s first Turkish restaurant. Serving all types of food that has become beloved in the region, Gem offers customers a fresh and tasty alternative to their regular dinner options,
Wanting to try something a little bit more unique? Definitely make your way down to Gem.
As you can see, there is a lot of different options for you to choose from while visiting Islington.
There are so many hidden gems that are tucked away in the streets of the borough, with a little bit of time and exploration, you will be able to stumble across some really fun places that will end up providing special experiences that you will want to keep coming back to time and time again. For other interesting articles about the local areas, fun lists and everything to do with Angel Central, keep an eye out on our Blog.