Islington Green is a small triangle of open land at the convergence of Upper Street and Essex Road (once called Lower Street) in the London Borough of Islington. It roughly marks the northern boundary between the modern district of Angel and Islington proper.Use our London road trip website to visit Islington Green on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Historically it is not an old village green like others in London (for example, Shacklewell Green), but a surviving patch of common land like Newington Green to the north, that was carved out of old manorial wasteland where local farmers and tenants had free grazing rights. The original land was far more extensive but was largely built over in the 19th century. Since 2015 the site has been protected as a Centenary Field with Fields in Trust, part of the World War I commemorative programme protecting parks and green spaces in perpetuity.
In 1885, Henry Vigar-Harries described Islington Green "where the young love to skip in buoyant glee when the summer sun gladdens the air" and how "within a mile and a half from this spot there are 1,030 public houses and beer shops".
The green contains a memorial to the dead of both world wars as well as a statue of Sir Hugh Myddleton, designer of the New River that was so important to London's water supply from the 17th century onwards. The statue incorporates a fountain, which is no longer functioning. The New River itself once terminated about a kilometre to the south in Finsbury, but the section that can be still walked in modern times, the New River Walk, ends just to the north of the green off Essex Road. The north side of the green also carries a plaque to the once-famous Collins's Music Hall, which burned down in 1958. A Waterstone's bookshop now occupies the site.
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Islington Green Reviews
Islington Green is a lovely triangular green space in the heart of Islington. It’s a great central meeting point and has plenty of benches. The modern war memorial is very handsome and always... more »
Similar green areas will be found in many villages in England. This one is slightly unusual in that it is in central London. It is not worth a special trip although on a visit to Islington you are..... more »
Get yourself a froyo and sit in the park on a hot day or visit any of the numerous food establishments on upper street. At night on the weekend there are loads of good bars you could visit to relax near by.
This small triangular remnant steeped in history and local lore still commands a busy road junction. An eloquent war memorial adds interest to a green, defined by towering, slender and stately Plane trees. Animated here surrounded by an aggregate of diverse buildings and constant pedestrian bustle.
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