The Three Johns

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Islington wasn’t always patisseries, massive prams and Foxtons. A long time ago this pub, in a very different incarnation, was popular with National Front supporters: the fascists, like the jellied-eel-eaters, are victims of gentrification and have moved on. But the Three Johns – or the Quiet Night, as Chapel Market’s prostitutes might have nicknamed it – is back, and takes its place as the best pub in Angel.

It’s clearly set up for what the trade calls ‘vertical drinking’ – ie there’s loads of space for standing swillers to neck a beer after work. But there’s a pleasant room through the back with plenty of seating if you’re apt to linger.

The choices mainly consist of a vast range of craft beers, from the straightforward Camden Hells (a ‘helles’ – German pale lager – at £3.90 a pint) to the Kalashnikov-round of flavours from the Two Roads Russian Imperial Stout (10.5 percent alcohol, hence the Moscow price of £9 a pint).

Maybe one of the three Johns is Papa John, because the food menu is pizza, or nowt. But that’s a good thing: this is a drinking pub, not an eating one, and it’s far better to do one thing well than several things indifferently. The simple pizza I had with Suffolk chorizo and mozzarella (£9.50) was good, and more than just a beer-sponge.

Angel might not be heaven on earth, but the return of this trinity – be they apostles, kings, guardian angels or simply publicans – is a welcome one.


Venue name: The Three Johns
Address: 73 White Lion St
N1 9PF
Opening hours: noon-midnight Mon-Thu; noon-2am Fri, Sat; noon-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Angel
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The Three Johns is fantastic. Not just a good pub with ample space, the pizza is some of the best I've had in the area! Sourdough bases with Scotch Bonnet BBQ sauce and a variety of mouth watering toppings. It's never too busy and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. There are even some benches outside for when the sun pops out (if you don't mind the view of dominos opposite and the working market up the street). Belter of an all rounder, I've definitely made this one of my regular stops in Angel. 

Tara P

The Three Johns is an excellent pub that serves a good variety of beers and ales. There’s usually a busy and buzzing atmosphere but the bar staff are well able to cope and there's never much of a wait. 

There isn’t much seating, but if you’re happy to stand there’s plenty of room for that.

The pizzas too are good value and tasty, and manage to stop you craving the Domino's pizza just over the road!