This North London borough is a great place to stay next time you’re visiting London. Close to Angel and Camden, you can easily explore the city as well as the local farmers’ market and boutique shops. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels to stay at in Islington.
It’s all about casual simplicity at Thistle City Barbican Hotel, where the rooms are spacious affairs suitable for larger parties and families. Though it’s more budget-friendly, the hotel still has an indoor pool and jacuzzi, restaurant and bar, perfect for unwinding after a busy day exploring London. Relax in the rooms with the speedy Wi-Fi, or head out to explore Barbican and Islington, right on your doorstep.
You’ll find slick, efficient service and dependably clean and functional rooms at this Upper Street outpost, situated on one of London’s most iconic boutique shopping streets. Considering its corporate credentials, the decor is surprisingly chic – think mahogany king-sized beds and bowls of flowers on the tables. Just a mile from Shoreditch, it’s well placed for a night on the tiles or a day spent experiencing London’s culture. There’s a gym downstairs and a hearty breakfast available every morning.
Established in 1764, The Rookery certainly has the wow factor, with each of the guest rooms featuring opulent decor and luxurious touches. Whether you opt to stay in the Mary Lane – decked out in scarlet soft furnishings and enormous four-poster bed, or The Rook’s Nest – complete with a carved bed and Edwardian bathing machine – you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to sit by the fire in the conservatory with a Sipsmith gin cocktail from the honesty bar. Warm and hospitable, elegant and traditional, this hotel nails the fine balance between old-world luxury and modern comfort.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Upper Street, The Alma Rooms offer serviced apartments in the heart of Islington. These open-plan studios include modern kitchens kitted out with dishwashers, a hob and combi-oven, as well as comfortable beds and Wi-Fi. If you’re in London for a lengthy stay or just want somewhere that gives you the option to cook, the Alma Rooms have everything you need in a prime location. Decor is modern and simple and downstairs you’ll find an equally contemporary and buzzing pub complete with a long list of craft beers to enjoy. Feeling peckish? Head across the road to the local food market.
With more of a boutique feel than other Hilton hotels, the Double Tree in Islington is well situated, clean and modern. Just a short walk from Angel station and O2 Academy Islington, you’ll be able to get around easily with this as your base. Rooms include all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay – Wi-Fi, power showers, comfy beds, and tea and coffee. The bar downstairs can make a mean cocktail and there’s an afternoon tea for those inclined towards a supremely English experience.
If you’re looking for something a little more boutique, you can’t go far wrong at The Cuckoo N1. This gastro-pub, right in the heart of Islington, has four guest rooms that are anything but humdrum. Silvery curtains and bedding play up the abundance of natural light in these high-ceilinged bedrooms, full of beautiful touches – a gilt mirror here, an original marble fire place there. Downstairs in the bar, the vibe is equally charming and there’s a great selection of craft beers on offer fresh from the hotel’s brewery down in Kent.