Friday, 23 September 2011

Islington Afternoon Tour

Islington is a trendy area with lots of character. It's mainly inhabited by artistic types, young couples and single independent people. In rare sunny days, everyone makes the most of it.

Kipferl Austrian/Viennese Cafe and Kitchen

There is a wide variety of bars and restaurants with cuisines for every taste, from Turkish and Indian to Austrian and Swedish. Celebrity TV chef, Jamie Oliver, has just opened Jamie's Italian in Islington, part of an affordable chain.  

Browns Bar & Brasserie

But my favourite is definitely the well-known Ottolenghi, it's great for an afternoon tea with a delicious selection of beautiful cakes.


There is also a great choice of salads and the recognised chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, has already published two books. His recipes are a must read during the weekend on Guardian newspaper. 

Almeida Theatre

Islington is also home to a vibrant cultural life, with Sadler's Wells and Almeida Theatre offering an extraordinary selection of dance and theatre performances. Carlos Acosta, the famous Cuban ballet dancer, actually lives in this area.

Dansk Flowers

But of course I have to mention the lovely shops in Upper Street, from interior design to flower shops, you're just spoilt for choice! 

Aria (Very 007!)

Aria is one of the best places you can go to pick special things for your home, its window display is in tune with V&A's postmodernism exhibition...

Fashion retailers also enjoy good business, north Londoners are quite trendy but in a relaxed way. They like odd and quirky pieces to suit their individual style.

Big high street brands sit alongside vintage and eco friendly shops and multi-designer boutiques such as Diverse and the Scandinavian Wild Swans.

Labour of Love

I love this Eley Kishimoto dress from Labour of Love, where you can find different one off pieces.


You can match the dress with this beautiful Vivienne Westwood bag in a sky shade of blue.

Oliver Bonas

Other places combine clothes and homeware such as the recently refurbished Oliver Bonas, ideal if you are on a budget. But if you're into interiors don't miss the 100% Design exhibition taking place in Earl's Court this weekend.

Oliver Bonas

I hope you've enjoyed my Islington tour! I'll be back with a different post tomorrow!