Tantric Massage In Islington

A really interesting part of North London, which is also home to a few tantric and body to body massage therapists.

Islington is a real up and coming area of London with its eclectic mix of history, modern convenience and strong sense of community.

 

The History of Islington  

Islington was called Giseldone and Gislandune by the Saxons in 1005-1062 which means Gisla's Hill. Over time this has merged into the easier to pronounce Islington.

In the early Saxon and Norman times the area was a small manor well served by waterways and as London grew Islington’s water made it a popular place to grow food for the city.

It served as a quiet rural day out for city dwellers too, and in response pubs appeared numbering an incredible 56 establishments on Upper Street alone in 1716.

 

Landmarks in Islington  

Regent’s canal runs through Islington (sometimes beneath it) and makes a quiet place to walk or cycle away from the bustle of Islington centre.

If you enjoy the scenery you might appreciate a visit to the London Canal Museum on Wharf Road. History lovers might also like  the Islington Museum that tells the stories of individuals associated with the area including the women’s rights hero Mary Wollstonecraft and health pioneer Marie Stopes.

There is also St Paul’s church built in an early gothic revival period during 1826. Its imposing structure is worth a photo or two.

If you prefer the modern and quirky then Angel tube station’s escalator is the longest in London and you’ll often see record attempts carried out on its steps.


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Shopping and Eating in Islington  

Shopping in Islington is a pleasure for those who like eclectic independent shops. Upper Street and Camden Passage in particular have vintage shops and antique markets worth browsing.  

For quiet time out head to Lonsdale Square or Culpeper Community Garden, both green spaces loved by residents of the area.

Eating is similarly eclectic particularly Upper Street which is full of international cafes including Vietnamese and Brazilian eateries.

Exmouth market has cheap tasty food from street food stalls, Udderlicious makes it own popular ice-cream and in the evening Le Coq is popular.

The train style dining carriages at Hoxley and Porter add an unusual touch to a leisurely lunch or night out.

 

Islington  Nightlife

As with eclectic areas Islington’s nightlife is varied and often weird. If you like surprises it’s the place to head.

Union Chapel hosts comedians and music while The Doll’s House hosts Friday night DJs. Cocktail fans can drink award winning mixes in The Bar With No Name on Colebrooke Row.

Fringe theatre buzzes at The Almeida, Pleasance Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre which was London first pub theatre, a tiny space on Upper Street.

The Sadler Wells theatre hosts ballet to Footloose tributes if you prefer more roomy venues.

The Spa Fields Park situated next to Exmouth Market often holds entertainment on warm nights and impromptu performances that spill out from established venues are frequent.

Anything could happen here and often does.



Transport Links in Islington  

The Highbury and Islington tube station is also a national rail interchange station. It’s served by the Victoria line, the Overground East and North lines, and the Great Northern City Line.

The Angel tube station also serves Islington quickly connecting it to the City.

A large bus interchange is located near the Angel tube station so the area is well serviced by buses too.

Parking restrictions apply in most of Islington and there is a borough wide speed limit of 20mph, but if you’re lucky you can find a space in the Business Design Centre or Angel Central Shopping Centre.

Generally speaking it’s best to take the tube or train to travel across Islington as it connects you to the suburbs, City and West End with ease.