The Lord Clyde succeeds in keeping its old-fashioned boozer character even while transitioning to gastropub status. Locals pile in at weekends for a quiet pint (the small corner room’s the place to go) or Sunday roasts in the big back dining room. Gin is a speciality, with twenty on the list, including a strong showing of smaller distilleries.
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Bellanger is a spot in Islington that looks looks and feels very grown-up, but it’s not stuffy. And it’s good at all times of the day.
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.
El Inca Plebeyo
El Inca Plebeyo serves Ecuadorian food in a simple space that’s covered in colourful paintings, tiles, and tablecloths. Be sure to get the hornado.
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The Eagle is a popular Clerkenwell gastropub with a famous steak sandwich, and generally excellent food across the board.
The Camberwell Arms
The Camberwell Arms is a traditional south London pub, serving great British cuisine during the week and incredible roasts on a Sunday.
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys is a nice Chelsea gastro-pub opposite the Thames serving up some decent and some not so decent food.
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