Support your local shops
You don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for in Islington. This weekend the borough is switching on for Christmas. It’s also Small Business Saturday on December 2, so pop along to the shops in your local neighbourhood and support your community.
Angel and Upper Street
With high street stores and local shops, plus the fantastic Chapel Market, this is a great place to do your Christmas shopping. If you’re looking for something more unusual, try the shops and stalls down Camden Passage, which has now reopened after the floods.
Every Saturday 10am-5pm Archway Market (at the corner of Holloway Road and St John’s Grove) has a good mix of traders, including the ‘Best Bookstall in North London’ and Beyout, selling African inspired clothing, jewellery and homeware.
You can also get discounts and special offers in some of the shops with the Archway Card. Find out more at www.archwaylondon.com/archwaycard
A good destination to head to for your Christmas turkey and all the trimmings. Smithfield Market is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe. There’s been a livestock market here for over 800 years. Then check out the shops and grab a bite to eat at Exmouth Market.
With around 100 independent shops dedicated to fashion, Fonthill Road is one to head to if you want a new Christmas outfit. Stroud Green Road boasts an array of unique independent shops if you are looking for a more unusual gift. Plus don’t forget, you can buy a Christmas tree from inside the park.
Nag’s Head and Holloway
Another good destination for Christmas shopping, this area has a mix of large supermarkets, big brand shops and the famous Nag’s Head covered market. Head here if you want to stock up on essentials, or buy new clothes or a gift for a friend or loved one.