When beer lovers wonder what heaven is like, they probably imagine Earl of Essex. There are around twenty on the daily-changing list, mostly British, including their own brewed on the premises. Come here with a bunch of friends and try to taste everything on the list – for educational purposes. Or just come and relax with a pint and a basket of cheese fries. Either way, you’re in heaven.
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The Gate is a vegetarian spot in Islington that meat-eaters won’t complain about. And if you don’t feel like going healthy, have some cocktails.
Black Axe Mangal
Black Axe Mangal on Highbury Corner isn’t a typical restaurant. It’s a restaurant that loves heavy metal and cooking with offal.
Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
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The Princess of Shoreditch
Princess of Shoreditch is a trendy pub with a great Sunday roast and a short but reliable beer selection.
Seafood is the speciality at this Notting Hill pub. Head downstairs if you want something casual, or to the first floor for a posher meal.
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69 Colebrooke Row
One of the best bars in London, and definitely in Islington, 69 Colebrooke (also known as The Bar With No Name) has excellent, unique cocktails.
The Hops & Glory
The Hops & Glory is a cozy pub in Islington with a straightforward but reliable menu. Beware, you might smell like a pork chop after coming here.
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