This is a lovely old pub, with lots of dark wood and a basement where they brew their own ale. The fairly straightforward menu includes a roast suckling pig (for 12-17 people) that you can order with 72 hours’ notice. Not having anything close to 12-17 friends, we’ll go with a couple of other people but skip breakfast that day. Just one warning: the kitchen is in the main room, and you might leave smelling a bit like a pork chop if you’re sitting nearby at mealtimes.
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Radici is a big restaurant serving Italian classics, and while it might not be the most exciting spot in Islington, it’s one of the most useful.
El Inca Plebeyo
El Inca Plebeyo serves Ecuadorian food in a simple space that’s covered in colourful paintings, tiles, and tablecloths. Be sure to get the hornado.
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The Effra Hall Tavern
The Effra Hall Tavern is no-nonsense pub with screens, live music, and Caribbean-inspired pub grub.
The White Hart
The White Hart is where you go in Southwark for very cold beers, and not much else. Hit it up for an after-work drink.
Mayflower Pub is the oldest boozer on the Thames, and a great spot for proper pub food on the terrace.
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Island Queen is the sort of pub you go to if you want to settle down for an afternoon of schmoozing or watching the big match on a large-screen TV.
Earl of Essex
With twenty brews on tap daily, Earl of Essex is a beer lover’s heaven. Come with friends, and don’t forget to order a basket of cheese fries.
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