The Best Things to Do in Islington

9th August 2023

Whether Islington is your local area or you are visiting for a few days, there is much to see, do, and eat here. This area is crammed with culture, entertainment, and the occasional market, making it a perfect balance of the city, all within a short distance. We’ve compiled what things and activities you should explore while in Islington.

  1. Soak up the art at the Estorick Collection.

This gallery is exclusively Italian modern art, and it's the only one in London. The artworks displayed here contain fascinating influences that inspired the shapes, colours, and intricate details on each of the pieces. The gallery itself is an incredible Grade 2 listed townhouse from the Georgian era, making it a marvel to walk around. Spend an afternoon soaking in the art and enjoy a coffee before wandering the gardens.

  1. Stroll along Regent’s Canal.

Canal boats on Regents Canal on a sunny day

There is nothing like escaping the busy streets of Islington and retreating to the stroll next to the water. Regent’s Canal offers that. Still a fairly busy route, it offers a view of passing boats and perfectly positioned pubs which look out to the canal. There is much to see and discover along this walk, so take your time and soak in nature.

  1. Take an Emirates Stadium tour.

An activity especially for football fans. The Emirates Stadium lies north of Islington and is home to the Arsenal Football Club. This impressive stadium has a capacity of over 60,000 people and hosts the Emirates Cup. A tour here involves visiting the players' tunnel, dressing rooms, and director's box. You will also leave with Arsenal earphones and a certificate. Although if you are a Tottenham fan, you may want to skip this one…

  1. Catch a film at Screen on the Green.

Looking for one of the best things to do on a rainy day? Or finding a unique place to watch the next big blockbuster? The Screen on the Green is a charming and historic cinema in the heart of Islington. Its vintage decor and comfortable seating make this spot a unique film-watching experience.

  1. Browse clothes on Camden Passage.

If dipping in and out of vintage shops and tiny boutiques is a thing you love to do, then heading to Camden Passage while in Islington should go straight on your list. The combination of the bohemian atmosphere and quaint storefronts makes for a charming and interesting afternoon.

  1. Shop for food at Chapel Market.

Nothing says London like its markets, and Chapel Market is as typical as it gets. Having served the community for over 150 years, you can find everything from food to toys to gadgets. This market has a history of being a hot spot for traders. Head down to buy fruit and veg or see what local traders have shown up that day. Open during the day Tuesday - Sunday.


  1. Enjoy Angel Comedy at The Camden Head.

    Microphone at a Comedy Show or Music Performance Show on Stage Entertainment

Laugh your heart out at The Camden Head Pub. Home to Angel Comedy, you can find stand-up comedy performances and open-mic nights to keep you entertained over a drink and dinner. The pub itself is lively and a great place to have a dance on the weekend.

  1. Have dinner in Islington Square.

You don't need to travel the world to taste it! You just need to head to Islington Square. Here, you can find cuisines from every corner of the world, from Japanese sushi to plant-based delicacies and much, much more.

  1. Visit the Canal Museum.

Dive into the history of London's canals with the Canal Museum. As a vital part of the city's development, the canals hold its town history, story, and culture that can still be seen throughout the city today.

  1. Catch a gig at O2 Academy Islington.

Nothing says London like its music scene, and Islington has a part of that. The O2 Academy Islington is host to music and club nights. The atmosphere is intimate, and with many new and emerging artists playing here, you may discover the next big thing performing here.

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