As winter is now upon us, the thought of snuggling up in a cosy pub with a glass of red wine and the Sunday papers is increasingly appealing. There are few better places to do just that than Islington.
Nestled between the hustle and bustle of Camden and the formality of the City, leafy Islington is one of the capital’s most charming boroughs. It’s also home to some of London’s finest gastro pubs.
Here is the London Hotels Insight rundown of some of the best!
On a quiet residential street, the Albion boasts a fab beer garden and a delicious if slightly meat-centric menu. Their famous whole roast suckling pig (for which they need 72 hours notice) is a fun option for a large group. With its wisteria-covered façade and log fire creating a country pub feel both outside and in, The Albion is a great place to enjoy a relaxing drink.
The Drapers Arms
Just a few streets away in the heart of Barnsbury is the renowned Drapers Arms, known locally simply as ‘The Drapers’. This gastro pub was recently refurbished and is one of the best places in the area to enjoy a refreshing pint or generous glass of wine. The extensive menu includes rare treats such as rock oysters, Arbroath Smokie and quail.
The Barnsbury has become a bit of a celebrity haunt recently with the likes of Jonny Lee Miller and Sue Pollard frequenting this smart, neighborhood pub on Liverpool Road. The straightforward menu focuses on fresh, locally-sourced produce, some of which is also available at their delicatessen and wine shop just a few doors down. In summer, The Barnsbury opens its French doors to a pretty walled garden – ideal for al fresco dining.
Hotels near Islington to suit all budgets
As well as top gastro pubs there are also a number of convenient hotels in Islington, with options to suit all budgets and occasions.
In the heart of the borough is the Hilton Islington, a short walk from both Angel and Highbury and Islington tube stations. It gets respectable reviews and is currently just outside the top 100 on TripAdvisor.
But our top recommendation in the area (though it’s a bus ride away from Islington) would be the eco-friendly Zetter Hotel recently featured on this blog. It comes high on TripAdvisor (currently in the top 50 London hotels), with guests loving its quirky little touches and nice restaurant.
If you really are on a tight budget however, we’d suggest Premier Inn Kings Cross as an alternative: particularly if you wish to connect with the Eurostar at St Pancras to make a trip to Paris.
Premier Inn is a value hotel chain offering a consistently good product – for example we’ve already featured its excellent Tower Hill and County Hall hotels. The company’s only downside is its current lack of free WiFi.
Premier Inn Kings Cross is currently a solid number 65 on TripAdvisor. Its attractive pricing is a big draw with recent guest reviews using phrases like “good value”, “a lovely stay”, “a great location”, etc.
Kings Cross is just a short bus ride from Islington. Indeed, with frequent train and bus connections between Islington and all of central London, you have no excuse to miss out on this district’s exquisite gastro pubs!
Photo credits: Premier Inn Kings Cross, Hilton Islington.