The Guide

Newly arrived in Union Wharf? Been living here for a while but still don’t feel you know the area that well? Or maybe you’re just visiting? Whichever it is this could be the page you’re looking for.


1. Shops

There is a parade of reasonable but not high quality shops about five minute walk away in
These include a grocery/green grocers, butcher and pharmacy.

There is a 24 hour shop at bottom of Shepherdess Walk on City Road which also sells newspapers, wine and beer.

There is a Marks and Spencers and a Sainsbury’s Supermarket at the Angel and a good fish shop, Steve Hatt, and butchers, James Elliot, in Essex Road.

2. Markets

Borough Market at London Bridge is a famous food market but only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Chapel Market at the Angel is open every day expect Sundays and has good greengrocery, cheese and fresh fish stalls.

Columbia Road flower market: only on Sundays

Farmers’ Market: behind Islington Town Hall Upper Street Sunday mornings


There is quite a good bus service from City Road;

Eastbound (North side of City Road)
214 to Old Street, Liverpool Street Station
43 to Old Street, City and London Bridge
205 to Old Street, Liverpool Street Station and Whitechapel:
394 to Kingsland Road and Homerton Hospital

Westbound (South side of City Road)
214 to Angel Kings Cross Station, Camden Town and Highgate
43 to Angel Highbury Corner and Archway Road
205 to Angel Liverpool Street Station Baker Street and Paddington Station:
394 to Angel

Change at Angel for buses into West End
73 for Oxford Circus
19 and 38 for Piccadilly Circus

4. Underground

The closest undergrounds are east to Old Street on the Bank branch of the Northern Line and west to Angel also on Northern Line. The buses go there or it is a five or ten minute walk.

5. Pubs

Wenlock Arms: nearly opposite us is a well know London pub selling real ale, marked up on a black board inside the door. It has a small group playing Fridays, Saturdays and sometime Sunday evenings. Very unsophisticated, but very much a part of London which is disappearing.

William IV; in Shepherdess Walk is our local gastro pub with reasonable food and drink also more space up stairs.

Narrow Boat: On canal and recently refurbished and good food and drink

Duke of Cambridge: well-known local gastro pub in St Peter Street with very good food and drink. Can sometimes be noisy.

6. Post Offices

Local post offices in Murray Grove, Old Street, Upper Street.

7 Cinema:

Vue: Multiplex at Angel with several screen showing wide range of films
Screen on the Green: at Angel generally showing ‘art house’ films
Barbican Complex: ‘art house’ and mainstream mix

8. Theatre/Dance

The Old Red Lion pub theatre at the Angel
Hen and Chickens pub theatre at Highbury Islington
Almeida Theatre in Almeida Street off Upper Street: good productions which often go to West End
The Kings Head: pub dinner theatre Upper Street
Barbican Complex: international repertoire.

9. Restaurants and Cafes

Carluccio’s and Ottolenghi on Upper Street – good quality food and coffee.

Saponara; lovely local family deli – great coffee. Prebend Street just over canal.

Fifteen: Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Westland Place. Pricey and you must book.
Korean and Vietnam Kingsland Road for cheap but good Korean and Vietnam restaurants

10 Music

Barbican Complex
St Lukes: Old Street Home of LSO in renovated church with good lunch time concerts

Loadsa Clubs in Hoxton, Brick Lane, Great Eastern Street and Spitalfields…


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