Islington is one of my favourite areas of London. As a hilltop village, Islington has long supplied water to the City of London and places like Sadler’s Wells and Clerkenwell are reminders of its origins as a water source. Even as a residential area, Islington has a distinctly cool vibe with a mix of history in the form of grade II listed buildings and its independent cafes, boutiques and studios lining Upper Street. This area seems to have everything where the cobbled stone market at Camden Passage is such a treasure trove of vintage nik naks and antique designs as well.
Colbrooke Row is where the Regent’s Canal reemerges from its subterranean stretch and flows east towards Hoxton and Victoria Park. As we finished our morning errands in Dalston, coming back up the Canal to Colbrooke Row seemed to be the perfect way to spend the day. The path towards Angel was once dominated by warehouses surrounding the City Road Basin and the Wenlock Basin, but these are now beautiful residential conversions and creative work units. There’s always a delightful surprise on this stretch. This time was the sighting of a giant pike and a blissful rest at a pop up canal cafes with the most delicious chai and lemon drizzled cake. As a resident of Angel, Islington, I might be a little biased towards this microcosm of London, but I can honestly say, I find something new and inspiring every day around here.