Angel Islington's Best Pubs
Popular with the after work crowd and boasting some of the top beer gardens in London, Angel and Islington's pubs are amongst the best in the capital thanks to their almost untouched, North London nook. From a quirky boozer to chill out with your chums, to somewhere you can grab a delicious bite to eat thanks to seasonal and creative menus, Islington and Angel's pubs have it all and we've picked the best just for you.
Last updated on 2nd November 2017
Based on Pentonville Road in Islington, the Castle is a traditional venue that offers delicious food, great drinks and the homely, welcoming vibes that you'd expect to find in a classic British pub. From fine wines and real ales to locally brewed craft beers and potent spirits, the pub's diversity means that it caters to every taste. With a beautiful, rooftop beer garden that's constantly drenched in golden sunlight cum the summer, the food menu is composed of hearty British treats and gastro-pub classics. Perfect for those lazy weekend, it's already become a favourite for the area's thirsty locals.
A London pub like none of its neighbours, The Old Queen's Head is the party destination in Islington. There are DJ sets and live bands, a karaoke room complete with dressing up box. A pub quiz with an unrivalled set of activities, that include blowing bubbles and dirty doodles. The Old Queen's Head is more a party bar dressed up in pub clothing; the best mix! Avoid the queues; get on the guest list now.
Hailed as one of the coolest pubs in Islington, it's no wonder that the Islington Townhouse has plenty of time to shine. From their private spaces and seasonal dishes down to their cocktails and craft beer, their interiors are as eclectic as their drinking and dining options.
The Joker borrows inspiration from Joseph Grimaldi; 19th century Islington resident and creator of the modern day clown as we know it. There’s more than just a quirky name to this Angel favourite though, the pub is a laid-back affair priding itself on its excellent British food, an energetic live music programme and a divine private function room upstairs.
Championing North London hospitality and the sort of country side charm only found out of the City, the Nags Head is a cosy boozer of old fashioned decor and heart pub grub. With a no mess, no fuss attitude across the food and drink servings, the Nags Head plates up gastro style burgers, sandwiches and steaks with authentic wood fired pizzas available too.
A hidden gem located directly on the waterways of the Regent’s Canal, The Narrow Boat is a beauty of a boozer tucked away from the bustle of Islington. Retreat here for food and drinks with your loved ones; there’s everything from cask ales to premium spirits from across the world and seasonal, fresh British food well worthy of a night out. Grab a table on the balcony overlooking the water if you can!
Brewhouse is your friendly neighbourhood retreat for after work drinks, relaxed Sunday lunches and meeting up with mates. The menu is a composition of hearty pub classics, roast dinners and chargrilled steaks, with their ‘clucking Brewhouse special’ well worth a try. Match it with something from the international beer menu, and don’t forget to check out the micro-brewery working away in the far corner!
One of the area's hidden gems, The Elk in the Woods is one of the cosiest pubs in Angel. With woodland decor, a combination of deer skulls and mismatched furniture, it serves wholesome British pub food and a great selection of beers and cocktails.
The restaurant and pub on Upper Street is the perfect spot for an after work drink before you jump on the Northern Line. With elegant, industrial interiors and some very good food and drink on offer, it's a chilled place for a quick pint or a bit to eat.
Tucked away just around the corner from Highbury & Islington station, The Duchess of Kent prides itself on the fact that it’s one of Angel’s best kept secrets - so keep this one to yourself. A genuinely warm, welcoming boozer with top-quality ales on tap and a modern wine list that is fresh and exciting, relax after work with a few drinks or come at the weekend when brunch and a mouth-watering roast lunch are served up while others get cosy and play board games for the afternoon.