Islington is full of hidden gems whether it be the parks, a host of independent restaurants or quirky design stores… so without further ado, the second part of our “Angel, Islington’s Big Four” series introduces Camden Passage; just another jewel in Angel’s crown.
If you’re looking for an afternoon to unwind and explore, you may have found just that. Tucked away down a hidden walkway just off Islington’s Upper Street in a car-free zone, Camden Passage is arguably one of the most picturesque streets in London. Since the 1950s Camden Passage has ranked alongside Portobello, Kensington Church Street and Spitalfields as one of London’s leading antique locations. The area has since been accompanied by fashionable clothing boutiques, contemporary jewellery, market stalls and many delightful restaurants and cafés.
It is only right to begin with the top foodie spots that Camden Passage gives a home to…
Brekkie or Brunch? Look no further than Kipferl, located in the heart of Camden Passage. This Viennese Coffee House and Kitchen offers a selection of traditional Austrian cakes, coffees, sausages and other savoury specialities in a relaxed and comfortable setting. This happens to be a personal favourite and regular hotspot for Business Design Centre staff to gather for our company meetings and we can’t recommend it enough.
Looking to dine in style? Fredericks serves as one of Camden Passage’s most famous restaurants. Established in 1969, Frederick’s is a family run restaurant still operated by the Segal family today. Frederick’s has a secluded garden for al fresco dining, as well as a terrace for summer drinks. The restaurant is also renowned for its Old and New World Wines.
Lastly, we introduce The Camden Head. The pub is immersed in the cobbled streets yet, but you won’t miss this Grade II building. The pub boasts a beer garden and delightful original wooden interiors with a cosy fireplace – perfect for all seasons. On top of this, Camden Head hosts fantastic free comedy nights and has established as one of the city’s finest comedy institutions.
Yes, that is right; we said markets – plural! Camden Passage is host to a number of markets with vintage items as well as antiques and collectables.
Last but definitely not least, we have Camden Passage Market situated in the heart of Camden Passage. A personal favourite, the market embraces a never-ending range of vintage and retro clothes, luggage, collectables, and more. Their main market days fall on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and you can head here to find out more.
While the BDC is based on busy Upper Street, we do not neglect the areas that make the Angel the unique place it is!
Head back to the first part to our series which shared the more modern Angel Central, and stay tuned for our next instalment!
For more information on what’s happening at the venue in the coming months, head to our What’s On page.