Things to Do in Islington

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Kings Head Theatre

The King’s Head Theatre was founded in 1970 by Dan Crawford and was the first pub theatre to be started in England since the days of William Shakespeare. The theatre is tucked away in a tiny space at the back of the charming Victorian Kings Head pub. It has staged works by Andrew Davies and Steven Berkoff and has produced plays by Harold Pinter and Noel Coward to name a couple. When Dan passed away in 2005, the world of theatre mourned the loss of a well-loved and energetic producer who helped develop many acting careers. The theatre continues Dan’s work by the people he mentored, who now, in turn, are mentoring others. A few of the well-known actors that the theatre has connections with are Victoria Wood, Hugh Grant, Maureen Lipman and Mel Smith. For more information please see the Kings Head Theatre website.

 

The Islington Museum

This modern museum, only opened in 2008 underneath the Finsbury Library is dedicated to the history of the London Borough of Islington and its residents. Here you will find a wealth of local history with artifacts such as books stolen from Islington libraries by playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. There is also a number of letters from residents and immigrants during the world wars and a bust of Lenin, which had to be moved from the Finsbury Town Hall as it was repeatedly defaced. The museum also houses an exhibition space and has a varied programme of exhibitions staged throughout the year.

 

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Camden Passage and Pierrpont Arcade

Islington has a great reputation for its range of antique shops, which are considered to be amongst the best in the whole of London. There is now also a great range of individual boutiques to explore too. For a good old rummage off the beaten track, turn off Camden Passage and explore the vintage clothes shops and antiques in the Pierrpont Arcade.  There is a whole world of hidden gems here offering military costumes, taxidermy, silver-plated flatware and antique maps and prints. You really could find a hidden gem here.