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Things To Do In London: 6 Places In Islington You Must Visit

Updated on October 27, 2015

Not that people in Islington have a lot of spare time but for those of you who occasionally wonder how to spend it. Here are some ideas for you.

Islington Handball Team

If team sport is your thing a good place for you is the Islington Handball Club. The club is relatively new but it still won “Best club of the Year 2014' in Islington. No matter what your age is, weather you are an experienced player or a rookie there's a place for you.

Islington handball club has training hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you are interested and want to visit the place, check their Facebook page for more information.

Nag's Head Christmas Extravaganza

This year the event will take place on 26 November between Camden Road and Parkhurs Road, and it is all free. You can bring the kids to pet a real reindeer and enjoy:

  • Funfair rides;
  • Street performers;
  • Climbing wall;
  • Craft and food market;
  • Food and drinks.

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Islington Christmas Gift Fair

The winter brings not only cold and snow but the holidays as well. Of course an inevitable part of that is the Christmas gift shopping. And if you want to do all of it in one shopping spree, you better check out the Islington Christmas Gift Fair.

The high levels of interest for the event will bring the 2015s edition of the fair. It will take place on Islington Green from 4th to 20th December. You'll be able to pick all the presents for your friends and family. And to help you with the Christmas shopping list the fair will have over 60 hand picked exhibitors from all over the UK compared to 40 from last year. It's going to be bigger, it's going to be longer, it's going to be better. What else? Keep an eye of their site and find out.

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O2 Academy Islington

The O2 Academy is music venue situated in the N1 Shopping Centre. The place is a part of O2 Academy Group and opened in 2003. The main room has capacity of 800 people and the one near it holds 250. The O2 Academy venues have their event calendar for the following two months almost full. So if you're a melomaniac you will definitely find a show to enjoy.

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69 Colebrooke Row

Starting from 31sh October 2015 (yes, that's Halloween) 'the bar with no name' can offer you a variety of master classes in cocktails. For the price of £40 you can choose among a class in:

  • Halloween Masterclass Cocktail - 31st October
  • Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whisky Cocktail Masterclass - 7th November
  • Mad Men cocktails - 8th November
  • Gin cocktails - 22nd November
  • Holiday & champagne cocktail masterclasses usually in December

You will have the opportunity to learn how to mix classics from the top bartender Tony Conigliaro. Get to know not only the owner of the award wining cocktail bar but also his stories, tips and tricks to master cocktails.

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The Basement Dance Studio

Find the dancer in you with the help of The Basement Dance Studio. The facility had been founded back in 1997 and has experienced teachers who can and will make your body move.

The club offers you to join them for a day and decide whether to stay and book a course. The list of adult and children's dance classes is long:

  • Break dance;
  • Ballet;
  • Salsa;
  • Jazz;
  • Tap;
  • African;
  • Pole Dance;
  • Locking ‘n’ Popping.

BDS is also the only place in the country that offers a Cuban Salsa teacher class. And if you are already an experienced dancer, you can take advantage of the studio and hire it.

Here are covered only a few possible options of how to spend your free time but Islington has a lot more to offer. There are hidden gems all over the area – dining places, markets, museums, shopping centres. So next time you have a couple of spare hours, better visit some of them.

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