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Ten Reasons To Visit Islington Square London

I’m hoping that my Ten Reasons to Visit Islington Square will entice you to check it out. Islington Square is a new place to shop, eat and drink. It was an old postal office that has been transformed into a destination with boutiques, eateries, a grocery store, underground cinema, a luxury health club and apartments. It is accessible from Upper Street, a busy shopping street near Angle Station. At last, I’ve been able to undertake a review and here is my list of Ten Reasons to Visit Islington Square.

islington square building post office reference

Historic Post Office Signage

Who knew that the façade on Islington Street concealed 170,000 square feet of buildings behind it? Not me! I’m glad that the general post office buildings have been revived and given a new lease of life. As you enter Upper Street, you will see a fancy engraving on the stonework that says Northern District Post Office.

My Ten Reasons To Visiting Islington Square

1. After a year of shopping online, it is lovely to browse a physical shop. I particularly enjoyed looking around Biggie Best. It’s a French-inspired lifestyle store selling floaty clothing and pretty things for your home. You’ll find adorable cushions, beautiful bedding and pretty plant pots.

islington square biggie best shop

Biggie Best

2. If you want to buy a new sofa, you’ll be thankful that Arlo & Jacob has opened a store. They make quality sofas and armchairs in contemporary and traditional styles. It’s the perfect location seeing as the Islington Square development includes lots of luxury apartments.

3. I can’t resist buying house plants and found Conservatory Archives delightful. Whether you want a gigantic cactus or a cute succulent plant, you will find it here. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for your favourite friend.

islington square conservatory archives plant shop

Conservatory Archives

4. A.P.C. (Atelier de Production et de Creation), the French clothing and accessories store, occupies an ample retail space at Islington Square. You’ll find plenty of denim and utility wear.

5. Borough Kitchen gets a mention from me because I now live within walking distance from Borough Market. No, this isn’t a food shop; it’s where you can buy cookware and tableware. They also have a school teaching cooking skills. That sounds like something I need!

islington square borough kitchen

Borough Kitchen

6. But if you want a food shop, you’ll be impressed by the Boutique Grocer. I’d be shopping there every day if I lived in the vicinity. It’s more than a posh grocery store; they have a coffee shop, fresh juice bar and pop-up restaurants. You can dine inside or on the terrace.

islington square boutique grocer

7. I’m a sucker for a bit of pampering, so Treat Beauty caught my eye. The Environ Facials, Yoga Facial and Massage Therapy all sound good to me!

8. If you prefer to do actual yoga than get a yoga facial, then you’ll want to check out OmNom. Here you can practice yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Afterwards, you can enjoy plant-based food. If you prefer to get a bit sweatier, Third Space is moments away.

9. Being able to go back to a cinema sounds like a treat to me. The Odeon Luxe and Dine have six screens, reclining seats and personal tables. It’s a first-class cinema that makes watching movies a special occasion.

islington square megans restaurant


10. Enjoy brunch at Megan’s, where you can dine inside or on the terrace. The menu has a Mediterranean influence so expect halloumi, shakshuka and healthy salads. They also have plenty of cake, so it’s not too healthy!

Islington Square London N1 Information

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Esther Anne Place

To find out more information, please visit the Islington Square Website. The address is 116 Upper Street, London N1 1AB. You will find two entrances on Upper Street into the shopping arcades or access via surrounding streets. Islington Square has two arcades, the South and North. Both arcades lead onto Esther Anne Place, where you will find more shops and cafes. The nearest stations are Angel (Northern Line), Essex Road (Great Northern Railway) and Highbury and Islington (Great Norther Railway, Victoria Line and Overground). If you are interested in spending more time in the vicinity, you may want to read Ten Things To Do In Islington. For more pictures of the area, please take a look at my Love Angel London Pinterest Board. Enjoy your visit, and I hope you find something lovely to buy or eat!

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.