Whistles neighbourhood Guide: Islington

Follow our expert micro-guide for the best stores, eateries and cultural pit stops in this leafy corner of north London. 

You'll find our Islington store on Upper street, visit our store page for opening ours and a map: 135-136 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QP


Located just beyond Highbury and Islington tube station, this charming eatery is a favourite of London’s most discerning diners. The select daily menu boasts traditional Italian dishes that are executed with sharp contemporary flair - and the wine list is to die for.
300 - 302, St Paul's Road, N1 2LH


This multiband menswear boutique is known for its acute selection of brands and friendly, welcoming service. Casual pieces by Margaret Howell and Christopher Raeburn can be found here, as well as trainers by Nike and accessories by Comme Des Garçons. Prepare for a lesson in borrowed from the boys dressing.
196 Upper Street, N1 1RQ

Screen on The Green

Steeped in cinematic splendour, a trip to the Screen on the Green is worlds apart from the average multiplex experience. This independent cinema revives the now obsolete romance of going to the movies with plush red velvet seats and a select schedule of art house classics and emerging indie titles.
83 Upper Street, N1 0NP


This multibrand boutique is likely to simplify any search for a new wardrobe staple. The boutique stocks pieces worth investing in from brands including Kenzo and A.P.C. A post payday visit is highly recommended.
294 Upper Street, N1 2TU

The Fish and Chip Shop

This newly opened restaurant is intent on serving up an eco-conscious version of the much-loved Brit classic. Patrons can enjoy super fresh haddock, plaice and cod sourced from MSC approved fisheries within the intimate timber-clad space. There’s also a cold bar that offers delicious Dorset rock oysters and scallops.
189 Upper Street, N1 1RQ

Past Caring

The selection of beautifully crafted antiquated chairs, shelves and trunks that clutter the entrance of this store are a prelude to what lies within; this small two-storey space is a treasure trove for mid-nineteenth century furniture and clothing. Don’t miss the subterranean level for pre-loved paintings and art prints.
54 Essex Road, N1 8LR

Flash Back Records

This compact store is a music-enthusiasts goldmine. Packed to the rafters with rare and second-hand vinyl, spend a Saturday afternoon browsing Soul, Jazz, Rap and Reggae records at your leisure.
50 Essex Road, N1 8LR

Almeida Theatre

This tucked away theatre is one of Islington's best kept cultural secrets - this award winning local theatre plays regular host to a diverse range of British and International drama. We recommend checking their website for what's on and enjoying a pre-theatre meal in the adjoining Almeida Café and Bar.
Almeida Street, N1 1TA


The Islington branch of the Australian wonder-apothecary is tucked away on Cross Street. This utilitarian store houses the brand’s cult cosmetics, which are all created from plant-based and laborartory-made ingredients. The service is personal, warm and tailor-made.
56 Cross Street, N1 2BA


This concept store stocks stark, functional homewares and accessories. Built on the philosophy that better living is possible via great design, this spartan space offers stripped-back lighting, ceramics, furniture and magazines for the contemporary, forward-thinking home.
193 Upper Street, N1 1RQ

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Just off the charming Camden Passage, this quirky vintage store has a great edit of dresses from the 1930's to the 1970's. The back of the store reveals more treasures with a range of bags, scarves and other unique accessories.
6 Charlton Place, N1 8AJ


Since opening in 1989, home décor store Aria has remained loyal to quality materials and beautiful craftsmanship. The huge, modernist store exterior is synonymous with the products stocked within – the textile and lighting collections are particularly noteworthy.
Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, N1 1PN