Published on February 24, 2014 | by Caroline Jouinot0
Hidden London: Islington
ALN’s Caroline Jouinot shows us the best places to eat, dance and even knit in Islington.
The Coffee Works Project – Coffee Shop, 96-98 Islington High St
A welcome addition to Islington’s rather restrained third wave coffee scene, Coffee Works Project makes the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up. Just a few feet away from Angel tube station, this bustling spot offers daily changing filters and seasonal blends supplied by Has Bean coffee roasters along a range of deli salads and pastries. Free Wi-Fi, a cool wooden interior and back garden make you feel right at home.
The Garage – Music Venue, 20-22 Highbury Corner
One of London’s finest music venues and a rite of passage for many now-established rock bands, The Garage is the definitive hangout for music aficionados. Upcoming events include the NME Awards Show 2014, interactive club night Musical Bingo and Subjam reggae, dub and roots live jam. With the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Red Hot Chilli Peppers having passed through their doors, so should you.
Loop – Arts & Crafts Shop, 15 Camden Passage
A yarn and haberdashery shop, Loop makes knitting look cool. All the staff are experienced knitters and run a variety of classes and workshops for all levels – from sock knitting to Tunisian crochet. With knitwear representing the very definition of cool, getting your fingers around a running slip stitch is a must for the thrifty fashionista. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, hop in for a chance to impress your Grandma at your next family reunion.
The Gate – Restaurant, 370 St John Street
Winner of the 2012 London Restaurant Festival Discovery Award, this vegetarian joint takes its founder’s multicultural backgrounds to create a unique cuisine combining Indian and Arabic flavours with traditional Jewish cuisine. With French and Italian tones running through the dishes these flavoursome combinations are bound to make your taste buds sing. The Gate is bound to make you think twice about the discarded veg at the back of your fridge and encourage you to love your vegetables. Open for brunch on weekends, here’s your chance share a healthy hangover cure breakfast with your vegetarian friend.