Boris Johnson lives down the road, but don’t let that scare you away: this is one of the best pubs in Islington. Cask ales and craft beers are the big draw, but they also do cocktails. This is the sort of pub you go to if you want to settle down for an afternoon of schmoozing or watching the big match on a large-screen TV. If you want a meal at the weekend, book.
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Radici is a big restaurant serving Italian classics, and while it might not be the most exciting spot in Islington, it’s one of the most useful.
Oldroyd is a mix of French, Italian, and Spanish, and the best restaurant in Islington. It’s also very small, so plan accordingly.
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 Compton Arms
The Compton Arms is a little pub in Islington serving some tasty small plates and one of the best burgers in town.
The Princess of Shoreditch
Princess of Shoreditch is a trendy pub with a great Sunday roast and a short but reliable beer selection.
Marksman is a pub/restaurant with excellent, elevated British food in Shoreditch. It’s good anytime, but don’t miss the Sunday roast.
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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.
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.
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