When beer lovers wonder what heaven is like, they probably imagine Earl of Essex. There are around twenty on the daily-changing list, mostly British, including their own brewed on the premises. Come here with a bunch of friends and try to taste everything on the list – for educational purposes. Or just come and relax with a pint and a basket of cheese fries. Either way, you’re in heaven.
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An Exmouth Market original, New Zealand cafe and restaurant Caravan does great coffee and an excellent brunch.
Smokehouse in Islington serves some of the best meats in London. Make sure to go for the lamb shoulder. And wash it down with a beer.
The Lord Clyde
Lord Clyde is an Islington pub popular with locals. The specialty here is gin, and you should also come for a Sunday roast.
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The Morgan Arms
Easily one of the nicest pubs in the Bow and Mile End area with plenty of cask ales and bottled beer from across the UK, and the roasts are great.
The Flask Tavern
Flask Tavern is a very old pub in Highgate Village with one of north London’s best beer gardens, and a decent menu.
The Bull & Last
A classic London gastropub perfect for a Sunday roast and a few drinks in Parliament Hill.
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Afghan Kitchen opposite Islington Green serves hearty, tasty Afghan food in a minimalist setting.
69 Colebrooke Row
One of the best bars in London, and definitely in Islington, 69 Colebrooke (also known as The Bar With No Name) has excellent, unique cocktails.
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