Islington Pubs

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Although the chains have railroaded some corners of N1, the area still packs plenty of classic boozers. Try Filthy MacNasty's for a raucous night out, or get picky over your pints courtesy of Island Queen's gargantuan range of specials. Think we've missed a great pub in Islington? Let us know in the comment box below.

Lord Clyde

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

A quality makeover, this, a few bus stops north of the spaghetti junction of bars around the Angel.

  1. 340-342 Essex Road, N1 3PB
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Island Queen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

This Islington backstreet is a notch above most of its N1 competitors, thanks to the wide selection of beers and wine.

  1. 87 Noel Road, N1 8HD
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Old Red Lion

  • Rated as: 4/5

The Old Red Lion is most famous for the matchbox-sized fringe theatre that sits above it, staging no-budget productions of plays both old and (mostly) new.

  1. 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ
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Hemingford Arms

  • Rated as: 3/5

Don’t be fooled by the all-singing, all-dancing slickness of the Hemingford’s website: the pub itself is something of a shambles, and much the better for its idiosyncracies.

  1. 158 Hemingford Road, N1 1DF
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Compton Arms

  • Rated as: 3/5

This quiet, unassuming local is hidden away behind the Union Chapel and thus mercifully isolated from the chaos of Highbury Corner.

  1. 4 Compton Avenue, N1 2XD
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Shakespeares Head

  • Rated as: 3/5

It’s hard to imagine a pub with fewer pretensions than this place, done out in gloss-painted wood, standard-issue pub carpets and plump seating.

  1. 1 Arlington Way, EC1R 1XA
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Scolt Head

  • Rated as: 3/5

A wholly unscientific survey suggests that more than half the pubs in De Beauvoir Town and nearby London Fields now have ambitions and/or pretensions towards gastropub status; even the boozy Prince

  1. 107A Culford Road, N1 4HT
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Earl of Essex

  • Rated as: 4/5

Less than a year ago I reviewed this pub, a pleasantly refurbed spot among Georgian townhouses away from the rabble of Upper Street. Already, it’s under new ownership, spruced up yet again – and

  1. 25 Danbury Street, N1 8LE
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Railway Tavern

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The Railway Tavern, on a residential street in the fringes of Islington, is essentially a local – but it’s to its credit that drinkers from locales further afield will travel to visit.

  1. 2 St Jude Street, N16 8JT
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Charles Lamb

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A charming pub with a lovely atmosphere, but in many ways, it’s coasting. The set-up is appealing, the two small cream-painted rooms hung with interesting pictures and maps (notably Stephen

  1. 16 Elia Street, N1 8DE
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Wenlock Arms

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

On an unremarkable backstreet in the Hackney/Islington borders is an old pub with a story. An all-too-familiar story in the world of the urban boozer: developers submit planning application to

  1. 26 Wenlock Road, N1 7TA
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Hops & Glory

  • Rated as: 4/5

Forget the anthem ‘Land of Hope and Glory’: this sounds much more appealing. It’s a new name for an old boozer at the Essex end of Essex Road. Until December 2012 it was known as the George

  1. 382 Essex Road, N1 3PF
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