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Up and Down Upper Street

Angel and the heart of Islington

  • 12 British pounds
  • Outside Angel tube station, Islington High Street, N1 8XX

Service Description

Islington, now the most densely populated London borough, was for centuries famed for its pastures, dairies, fresh water wells and pleasure gardens. Today, this inner urban borough offers an eclectic range of modern shops, restaurants, theatres, pubs and cafes, but its history remains there, hidden in plain sight. At the heart of Islington is Upper Street, the borough's main road and liveliest thoroughfare. Upper Street was once part of the main route for drovers bringing livestock into Smithfield Market in the City of London. Islington comprised Upper Street, Essex Road (formerly Lower Street/Lower Road) and a lot of fields until the 18th century. The gateway to Upper Street is Angel, a name which has come to denote this whole quarter. • Learn how the tube station, and the area, got its name. • Hear echoes of forgotten tramways, waterways and cattle droving routes. • See the church that distils Islington's history in a single building; and two contrasting theatres. • Find out about Islington's takeover of the former borough of Finsbury. • Discover a hidden garden most locals don't even know; and Upper Street's newest public space. The walk lasts approximately two hours. Please be prepared for all weather conditions! Start: Outside Angel tube station, Islington High Street, N1 8XX. Finish: a short walk from Highbury & Islington tube station. "Just wanted to say a huge thank you for Friday’s wonderful tour of Angel. We’ve had loads of great feedback and learnt a lot ourselves too! The team were very impressed by your extensive knowledge." "...a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, the tour was brilliantly structured and Jonathan's narrative flowed beautifully - hugely informative and very entertaining." Click on the 'Book Now' button and find the next available date for this walk.

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