To those not in the know, Islington is a world of avocado and brioche buns all picnic hampers and prosecco. But scratch beneath the sourdough and youll find theres loads more happening in Islington than meets the eye notwithstanding the amazing avocado.
First things first Islington is a north London borough, so each neighbourhood has its own unique vibe. For classic Islington you cant beat Upper Street, a high-end thoroughfare with bijou boutiques, smart restaurants and more polenta than you can shake a breadstick at. From here its a short walk to Barnsbury, where Georgian townhouses nuzzle up against cutesy pubs and leafy lanes. Its a similar story in Canonbury, with its 14th century Tudor tower and quaint cluster of cottages tell your mates you live here and watch their jaws drop when they see the size of your stoop.
But Islington is more than just a pretty postcard bright young things are piling into neighbourhoods like Finsbury Park and Holloway where the buzz is building by the day. The Faltering Fullback is the best pub-meets-Teletubbie land youve ever been to, and the Union Chapel in Highbury is a beautiful venue for a lighters-out gig (iPhone recommended). If it all gets too much, Highbury Fields on a lazy Sunday is prime picnic territory. Just dont forget the avocado.
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