Known for Georgian streets and squares, the Emirates Stadium (home ground of Arsenal FC) and a good range of restaurants, pubs and shops, hotels in Islington are a good place to get a feel for neighbourhood London while not having to stray far from the centre – it’s only a 20-minute bus ride from Bloomsbury and Holborn. Its eating options take in the best chains (Ottolenghi, Wahaca and Bills) as well as independent gems such as the Blue Legume (for Turkish-inspired brunches) and Kipferl (Austrian comfort food). Gigs can be enjoyed at both the O2 Academy and the much-cherished Union Chapel. It’s well connected, too, being on both the Northern line at Angel and the Victoria line at Highbury. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Islington.
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Four of the best hotels in Islington
This DoubleTree hotel offers the quintessential upmarket chain experience; but if you’re looking for comfort and convenience then it’s a good bet, and especially handy for Angel tube and St Pancras International. The carpeted rooms are decorated in muted tones, with neutral but quality furnishings and standard mod cons, such as free wifi, flat screen TVs and minibars. An open-plan lobby area leads to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, serving British-French dishes, and there are several meeting spaces available as well as a fitness room.
Located just off the Angel tube end of Upper Street, and next to the Business Design Centre, Islington’s Hilton is everything you’d expect from the international chain, with a focus on high-end comfort. Rooms are light, spacious and furnished with upscale carpets, ergonomic chairs and modern textiles in soothing neutral tones. Corporate extras such as minibars, free wifi, desks, a business centre and a car park are par for the course at Hilton hotels, and there’s also an on-site café/brasserie – though with Upper Street’s eateries beckoning (and no free breakfast) you’re unlikely to spend much time there.
Formerly called Tommy Miah’s Raj Hotel, this budget hotel occupies a former pub on a corner of busy Essex Road, and offers 41 en suite modern rooms (plus a self-catering apartment for three) decked out with deep red and purple tones. Asian notes, such as the sari-style curtains, are a nod to the owner’s heritage, while modern conveniences include free wifi and flat screen TVs. The complimentary continental breakfast is served in a light, colourful breakfast room. Arsenal fans should note that it’s within walking distance (just) of Emirates Stadium.
This budget option has a convenient location just behind Upper Street, a stone’s throw from the Business Design Centre, as well as the Hilton, its upmarket equivalent. The interior decor is unlikely to inspire any design-industry bods, however – with identikit, chain-standard fittings and furnishings – but it’s straightforward, clean and comfortable enough, with free wifi, spacious rooms, en suite bathrooms and an on-site restaurant-bar serving breakfast (for an extra fee). A good bet if you’re looking for no-frills but well-located accommodation close to Angel tube.
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