When you stay at our Islington hotel in Central London, one of the great things you’ll discover is that you can get pretty much anywhere in the city fairly quickly. With the oldest and largest network of underground trains in the world, you’ll soon find how easy it is to get around the capital. If you’d rather just stay local and not bother with jumping on and off trains all day, there are plenty of areas that offer you everything you need within a close proximity. Welcome to Islington.
The first thing you may want to do when you arrive is eat – so where better to start than Jurys Inn? If you want to stretch your legs and go somewhere else, Ottolenghi on Upper Street has accumulated some excellent reviews. There’s a page on Timeout that reviews a number of Islington restaurants, so you might want to look before deciding where to head.
If you fancy a quick look around the shops and don’t fancy the trip to Oxford Street or one of the Westfield shopping centres, you can always shop in Islington. N1 is more than just a shopping centre – it has lots of places to eat and even a cinema, so it can give the family something to do while you’re browsing through the shops.
If you’ve come to London for the proper tourist experience, there are a fascinating sights and attractions in Islington that can keep you busy for the day.
The Islington Museum allows you to explore Islington’s past. From its early days as a Middlesex village to the desirable part of central London that it is today. The museum regularly features exhibitions, talks, events and more. Take a look at the official page for more details.
Another fascinating building you might want to visit is the Business Design Centre. This building was opened as the Royal Agricultural Hall in 1862 and held regular agricultural shows – most notably the first Crufts dog show in 1891.
After a period of uncertainty, the building was converted into the Business Design Centre in 1986. Today the building houses many businesses, including mobile phone giant Samsung and clothes manufacturer Barbour.
If you’d like to go and see a theatre event but fancy a few drinks at the same time, you can go to the King’s Head Theatre – London’s first pub theatre. The small theatre is in the back room behind the bar at the King’s Head pub on Upper Street.
If you’re a bit of a sports fanatic, Islington is home to Arsenal football club. Their stadium, the Emirates, is one of the most modern and impressive arenas in world football – it’s just a shame about the team that play there! It’s London’s second largest stadium after Wembley, but lots of people prefer this one. If you’d like to have a look around the ground without watching a match, take a look at the Arsenal stadium tours on offer.
Islington is home to the O2 Academy and other music halls, so there is always an event or two happening in the area. Take a look on Visit London to see if there is anything you’d like to go and watch in 2013. There’s a nice variety of acts so the chances are there’ll be one or two you’d like to watch.
Islington’s main tube station, Angel, is on the Northern Line. It’s only one stop away from King’s Cross St. Pancras, so it’s in an excellent location if you’re travelling on the Eurostar. London’s three busiest airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, are within an hour of Islington using public transport.