The London Viewing Room is located in the heart of Islington with easy access to both Highbury & Islington and Angel Stations, making it the ideal location for holding a focus group or usability test. It has excellent transport links all over London via the Northern Line and Victoria Line on the tube or via overground services to East and West London from Highbury & Islington. There are also a whole range of buses within walking distance that will take you to a variety of London locations. And with great shopping and entertainment available nearby, it’s the perfect place to spend time as you and your respondents wait for your event to begin.
Local pubs and bars
Islington has tonnes of great bars to help you unwind with a drink after your group at the London Viewing Room. Here’s just a few of our favourites an easy walk from our viewing facility:
Hop & Berry – 209-211 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 1LX, 020 7607 5519 – the pub over the road! Much nicer inside than it looks from the outside with good wine and food and a beer terrace at the back.
The Albion – 10 Thornhill Road, London N1 1HW, 0207 607 7450 – winner of The Observer prize for Best Sunday Lunch 2009. Beautiful Georgian pub with a wisteria covered façade and log fires in winter. www.the-albion.co.uk
The Angelic – 57 Liverpool Road, London N1 0RJ, 0872 148 0840 – popular gastro pub nearer Angel. www.theangelic.co.uk
The Regent – 201 Liverpool Road, London N1 1LX, 0207 700 2725 – a relaxed pub selling pizzas from a wood fired oven.www.theregentpub.com/
There are many great restaurants in Islington just minutes away from The London Viewing Room. Many of these can be found on Upper Street.
The choice can be a little overwhelming so here are a selection of our favourites:
The Viet Garden – 207 Liverpool Rd, London – 020 7700 6040 – the restaurant over the road from the London Viewing Room and a favourite of ours. Informal and good value restaurant with great Vietnamese food and lovely staff – www.vietgarden.co.uk
The Almeida Restaurant – 30 Almeida Street, London, N1 1AD, 020 7354 4777 – sees itself as a traditional French neighbourhood restaurant, serving freshly prepared classical French dishes with a modern touch. www.almeida-restaurant.co.uk/
Ottelenghi – 287 Upper Street, London, N1 2YZ, 020 7288 1454 – restaurant made famous through the owner’s books and Guardian column. Serves hot breakfast, voted by the Observer as the best in town, lunch from the counter and amazing hot food from the kitchen at dinner time, served to share in mezze size portions. They take bookings for dinner but not during the day when queues are long! www.ottolenghi.co.uk/locations/islington
Trullo –300 – 302 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2LH, 020 7226 2733 a little further afield,near Highbury & Islington tube, Trullo is a new Italian restaurant. Its menu and wine list aim to bring the best seasonal Italian food to a simple, fun neighbourhood restaurant. www.trullorestaurant.com
Please ask our hosts if you’d like us to book a table for you after the group.
If you are in the area why not go to the movies or theatre after a group at The London Viewing Room?
Please ask our host for more details of what’s on.
Vue Cinema – in the shopping centre at the Islington end of Liverpool Road
Screen on the Green – our favourite, on Upper Street, 5 minutes walk from The London Viewing Room
Almeida Theatre – local theatre with an international reputation www.almeida.co.uk
Little Angel Theatre – wonderful puppet theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, just off Upper Street, 020 7226 1787 www.littleangeltheatre.com
Sadlers Wells – great venue for dance and opera, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN www.sadlerswells.com
For a full list of Islington Theatres see www.theatresonline.com/theatres/islington-theatres/islington-theatres.html
There are a couple of good hotels near The London Viewing Facility:
Hilton London Islington, 53 Upper Street Islington, N1 0UY, +44 20 7354 7700. Next door to the Business Design Centre.
Double Tree by Hilton, 60 Pentonville Road, London, Islington N1 9LA, +44 20 7282 5500
Double Tree by Hilton/ Islington
Premier Inn – London Angel Islington, 18 Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 0PS, +448715278558
Premier Inn/ Islington