Margarita's Guidebook

Quiet, clean and happiest when strolling along new streets. I work in the arts as a university lecturer and host a regular experimental music radio show. When doing none of the above, I enjoy r... read more

Things to do in London

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The market runs on Sundays only, between 10:00-16:00. It gets busy very quickly, so try to get there early. The stalls boast some incredible flowers and plants, but there are also shops selling tra... read more

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Much smaller and less frantic than Brick Lane, Broadway Market is eco-edged with a ban on plastic bags and an emphasis on the handmade and artisan. There are also plenty of boutiques, book stores, ... read more

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The British Museum is home to Cleopatra's sarcophagus, need I say more? Full of surprises hidden away in the permanent collections, which are worth a browse. It's also free, apart from special exhi... read more

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The Barbican is a multi-arts venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, and film. It's also home to the London Symphony Orchestra and the second biggest Conservatory in London,... read more

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Cafe OTO is a cafe by day, and a live music venue by night, hosting a wide range of experimental music – including free improv – with a strong emphasis on the more out-there of underground artists.... read more

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By far the best single screen independent cinema, offering a great selection of films, sofa seating, quality snacks and midnight screenings. It's most famous 'Midnight Special' featured The Clash a... read more

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The best place for brunch eggs, juices and drip coffee. Check the specials board for recommended espresso and filter blends.

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Dishoom is inspired by ‘Irani cafés’ of late twentieth-century Bombay, and hands down make one of the best breakfasts in London. The bottomless homemade chai, Akuri, bacon naan roll and masala bean... read more

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The Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times, primarily concerned with the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout time. The museum is locat... read more

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Camden Passage is a quaint cobble-stoned street that's home to an array of boutiques, vintage shops and antiques stalls. Main market days are Weds, Sat & Sundays. To see what's on when, check camde... read more

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CoffeeWorks uses excellent quality coffee and ingredients for their baked goods, the baristas are friendly and make a mean flat white. Their iced lattes and home made marshmallows can't be beaten.

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My favourite neighbourhood pub. Slightly off the beaten path, vibrant and fun. Islington's first 'brewpub' and current home of Earl's Brewery with an ever-changing list of the local and internation... read more

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Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre on the South Bank of the Thames. The various sites host musical performances, art galleries, food markets and festivals.

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TBWNN is an award winning cocktail bar, identifiable by an outdoor lantern, housed in one intimate room. The interior blends 1950s Italian Café style with Film Noir. Table service only, so it's bes... read more


Afghan Kitchen

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 35 Islington Green·Map·Hours·

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This place has been part of the neighbourhood for as long as I can remember. This is comfort food at it's best. The menu is small but everything on it is a total winner. I'd recommend the Pumpkin, ... read more



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$$$· 96-98 Pentonville Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

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"London boozer turned lounge bar" in their own words. American craft beers and an extensive bourbon selection on offer, with the bonus of a late license. Upstairs plays host to their live venue whi... read more



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$$· 32 Exmouth Market·Map·Hours·Website·

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Tapas and cocktails that'll make you forget whatever you're meant to be doing after. Do yourself a favour and get some padron peppers and wash them down with a tinto de americano.

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The Soane Museum is the incredible house of Sir John Soane, one of the greatest English architects (responsible for designing the Bank of England, Palace of Westminster etc), who built and lived in... read more

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Hands down the best fish finger sandwiches and mushy peas around, plus the tartare is made fresh daily and the chips are crispy and fluffy. Carb overload inevitable.

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Victoria Miro represents 40 established and emerging artists. One of the largest commercial spaces in London. The gallery is almost unique in London for having its own garden, a beautiful landscape... read more

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Chapel Market is one of the few remaining traditional markets serving the local community. If you happen to be in the area, it's worth passing through to get a taste. The stalls are a jumble of fre... read more

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Having opened nine restaurants with the Polpo group across London, Chef Director Tom Oldroyd left to focus on his own place. Service is intimate, relaxed, seasonal and delicious. Not for those who... read more

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The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London supports radical art and culture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates. They are curating some of the most exciti... read more

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Angel is on the Bank Branch of the Northern Line, making it very simple to get to Camden, Euston, Kings Cross and Waterloo.

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Chinese Laundry has some seriously strong brunch game. The food is Northern Mainland Chinese, food using seasonal local produce and the decor is inspired by "80s Chinese family life". The Beijing M... read more

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A bit like a mini Whole Foods. Pricey but great for health foods, fancy smoothies and treats. Also has a good organic skincare and vitamin selection.

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The best tofu burger and sweet potato fries you'll find. Mildred's is my favourite vegetarian restaurant by far. All the food is fantastic and hearty, prepare to over-eat.

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This path is part of the historic new river that brought water into London, now a peaceful oasis for wildlife, trees including swamp cypress and dawn redwood. You can still see part of the original... read more

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Small contemporary art gallery, featuring international artists.

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Since 1901, Whitechapel Art Gallery has built on its reputation as a pioneering contemporary institution and is well remembered for premiering the talents of exhibitions by Jackson Pollock, Mark Ro... read more