Islington Square is a new place to eat, drink and shop, situated in North London’s old postal sorting office.

History

In the early 1900s, the General Post Office built a grand sorting office on Islington’s bustling Upper Street. A Baroque monument to the power of community and correspondence, this site became a touchstone for all of the post delivered to North London.

Unbeknownst to many, this red-brick façade concealed a sprawling complex of magnificent buildings covering some 170,000 square foot. Now, Islington Square opens this area up to residents and newcomers alike, connecting the borough’s contemporary creative community to a rich architectural legacy.

Multi-Use

Islington Square is a place to discover something new; be that an independent restaurant, a concept bar or an unexpected boutique store. It’s home to a luxury health club and a subterranean six-screen cinema, as well as to a tree-lined boulevard and several theatre spaces.

Beyond the shopping arcades, old and new structures house an array of residential homes. This is a place where culture, wellbeing, performance and literature exist, side by side.

Culture

Long a postal sorting office, Islington Square is founded on a spirit of exchange. Now, the stories that once passed through in the form of letters and packages come to the fore once again, in a vibrant programme of workshops and events.

Botanical markets, pop-up bookshops and experimental theatre collide in shopfronts, leisure sites and open community spaces. It’s an environment for curiosity and conversation, education and new encounters.

“Islington Square is a love letter to the original great post office buildings.”

Piers gough — CZWG architects