While global restrictions have put a halt to travel at the moment, we all know that it won’t be forever, and we will soon be able to satisfy our wanderlust once more.
The UK’s capital city is preparing for when it can reopen safely to tourists again, with attractions such as the National Gallery, which has plans for a £30 million makeover to draw the crowds once more.
But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and the main centres of tourism and visit elsewhere in London, have you considered visiting the borough of Islington?
This charming neighbourhood is not as well known to foreign tourists. Islington is a residential area close to the city centre, but far enough away that it is off the beaten path.
Stroll through the quiet side streets of Islington and admire the handsome architecture, including one of the greatest concentrations of Georgian style houses in London. The houses were predominant in the area from the early 1700s to the early 1800s, followed by Victorian-style homes built in the mid-to-late 19th century.
Islington High Street is the main shopping and restaurant street, lined with chic clothing and home design boutiques as well as fashionable restaurants and casual cafes.
Israeli born Yotam Ottolenghi is the superstar chef of London at the moment and has a chain of popular restaurants, as well as a series of best-selling cookbooks. You can savour his eclectic combination of Middle Eastern and North African cuisine for lunch at the community table of Ottolenghi Islington for less than £20 for a main course and two generous side salads.
However, do not even think of leaving the restaurant without having one of their unforgettable desserts, whether at the table or to go!
The pub scene in Islington is quite active, and the Compton Arms was the favourite of writer George Orwell. The cosy, friendly pub serves tap beer along with craft beers, and their food menu includes a killer cheeseburger.
As far as culture, Islington has several notable theatres, which are also hoping to be able to reopen soon.