Hemingford Arms

158 Hemingford Road, N1 1DF
Tube: Highbury & Islington or Caledonian Road

The scene: This cosy, unpretentious backstreet boozer is dimly lit and jammed full of eccentric knick-knacks, most of which are suspended from the ceiling: think stuffed animals, three-wheel bikes and vintage ice skates. Flowers and ivy coat the pub’s facade, which has won it a deluge of accolades. At weekends, expect live music that varies from Irish folk to reggae. The pub is also no stranger to a famous face: Kirsten Dunst, Kate Moss and the Mighty Boosh boys have all supped pints in here.

The grub: Standard Thai fare that fills a hole. 

Behind the bar: Real ales and bottled beers, as well as a small selection of wines.

Bill please: A glass of Somada Verdejo wine is £3.20.

Verdict: An down-to-earth pub that oozes atmosphere thanks to a good mix of trendies and oldies.


Janine Kelso