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the sign of the Charles Lamb Pub Charles Lamb
Established in 1839, the pub was renamed by the new owners in 2005 in honour of Charles Lamb, the late 18th/early 19th century English essayist who lived in nearby Colebrooke Row. Best known for his collected essays entitled 'Essays of Elia', published in 1823, he also provided the name for the road on which the pub stands ("Elia" being the pen-name Lamb used as a contributor to The London Magazine).
the regen'ts canal at Islinton tunnel The Regent's Canal
Constructed between 1812 and 1820, it runs from Paddington to the Thames at Limehouse in East London, and passes through Regent's Park, Camden and Islington. The towpath walk is lovely in all seasons: get off the streets and see some wildlife! The Angel Canal Festival takes place nearby in September. The Colebrooke Row exit, at the end of the Islington Tunnel, is only a few paces from the Charles Lamb Pub.
photo of shoppers in Camden passage antiques market Camden Passage Antiques Market
The antiques market in Camden Passage (just off Islington High St) takes place every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. There are specialists in Art Deco, Victoriana, Watercolours, Clocks & Watches, Vintage Clothes and much, much more. The book market is on Thursdays. A well kept secret, bargains can still be found here, despite the fact that the market has been established for many decades!
Photo of Sadler's Wells Theatre Sadler's Wells Theatre
Built on the site of a popular spa, there has been a theatre here since the late 1600s. In the 1930s, 'The Wells' became the home of Britain's first serious ballet company. It was totally rebuilt as a state-of-the-art modern facility in 1998. As well as dance and ballet, the theatre runs a diverse programme from opera and theatre to circus and pantomime. Situated in Rosebery Avenue, a short walk from the Charles Lamb Pub.
photo of Old Red Lion Theatre The Old Red Lion Theatre
The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub has played host to some of Britain's most exciting theatrical talent since it was founded in 1979. Under the Artistic Direction of Charlie Hanson it became a place for actors, directors, designers , writers and technicians to experiment and thrive with their art. Threatened with closure in 1987, the theatre was saved by fundraising efforts. The Old Red Lion Theatre is in St John Street, only a 3-minute walk from the Charles Lamb Pub.
Photo of Screen on the Green The Screen on the Green
Facing Islington Green, the Screen is one of London's best remaining examples of a purpose-built Edwardian cinema, and Islington's last independent cinema. It first opened its doors in 1911 as 'The Picture House'. With a single screen, the modern cinema seats 293 and runs an eclectic programme of old and new, English language and foreign films with subtitles.
photo of King's Head Theatre The King's Head Theatre
Founded in 1970 by the late Dan Crawford, the King's Head has seen countless stars of contemporary theatre tread the boards and has attracted many of the country's top directors and writers. It has faced closure on more than one occasion only to be rescued by the efforts of its many supporters. An Islington institution, the King's Head can be found in Upper Street, a 10-minute walk from the Charles Lamb Pub.
photo of Almeida Theatre The Almeida Theatre
Built in 1837 and originally used as a lecture hall for the Islington Scientific and Literary Society, it has been variously a Victorian Music Hall, a Salvation Army Citadel and a factory for carnival novelties. Converted from its derelict state, it opened in 1980 and has since grown to become one of the world's leading producing theatres, performing both classical and contemporary work with the finest international artists.The Almeida Theatre is in Almeida Street, a 10-minute walk from the Charles Lamb Pub.
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