Islington Pubs

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© Rob Greig

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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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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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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Filthy MacNasty's

  • Rated as: 3/5

Though it’s been repainted in a fetching red (it’s no longer filthy or nasty), this music landmark still pokes its tongue out.

  1. 68 Amwell Street, EC1R 1UU
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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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PJ

The Snooty Fox at 75 Grosvenor Avenue N5 2NN is missing from this list. And I think it's one of the top pubs in the area. Always top quality ales, and an interesting range as well, not the usual suspects. Great music generally too. And one of the few seven inch vinyl jukeboxes left in London, let alone Islington. I'm looking forward to the ale festival they have coming up at the beginning of Februrary.