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Islington may have a reputation for being a bit bourgeois, but this London neighbourhood has something for every drinker. From unusual after-work cocktails to a quiet Sunday afternoon pint, Culture Trip’s list of Islington’s bars and pubs has the pick of the best.
‘The Bar With No Name’ has long since shed its mysterious reputation, and the tiny space is now packed out every night with punters wanting to sample Tony Conigliaro’s expertly crafted cocktails. Make a booking to avoid disappointment, and enjoy the deliciously Italian interior that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a film noir.
A unique, opulently decorated bar, Hoxley & Porter takes its inspiration from colonial explorers, and the bar is brimming with ferns, fans and filigree gold leaf. Take a seat at one of its booths, which can be reserved for up to 12 people, and be transported back in time as you sip on fun themed cocktails.
The only pub in Islington directly on Regent’s Canal, The Narrowboat is a charming, modern British pub. Naturally, you’ll want to grab a spot on one of the two balconies overlooking the canal, but you’ll be hard-pushed to get a seat there during the summer. Instead, grab a pint from the bar and join the crowds standing along the edge of the canal.