Arlington Avenue

Islington, London
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7711 265183

Laissez-faire B&B and amazing value in Georgian Islington. Help yourself to a coffee and toast breakfast when you want


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The Experience

Follow the canal up from Islington to this 1848 townhouse. There’s a key safe for late arrivals and then you’re given your own key so you can come and go – Thomas will explain the day/night alarm system.

Thomas lives at the top of the house and works in the ground floor living room. The first floor is for guests – there’s a double and a single, both with views over several gardens to the back. You share the guest bathroom down moderately steep stairs, but if you don’t mind that you’ve struck gold.

If you fancy more than cereals, tea, coffee and toast for breakfast you can pick up pastries from Pophams Bakery and eat in the  basement kitchen/dining room. Thomas is happy for you to have picnic suppers here too and chill drinks in the fridge; there’s a conservatory and a pretty garden beyond.

Arlington Avenue - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Feeling 'at home' in a private house, able to come and go as you please
  • Having so many great places to eat nearby
  • The proximity to central London at such a reasonable price
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You should know

  • Breakfast in the kitchen is a simple, help yourself affair
  • You must descend two flights for the shared bathroom
  • You have to set the burglar alarm every time you arrive/leave


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Tube: Angel & Old Street (15-minute walk). Buses: 5 min to stops for City, St Paul’s, Tate Modern. Limited parking (by arrangement).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 100 yds.


Nightly price
from £45
1 Single
From £45
1 Double
From £55



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The neighbourhood

Arlington Avenue lies between hip Hoxton and posh Islington, just off a large garden square (Arlington Square). It's a quiet residential district with few hotels. Thomas opens his garden for NGS in June. Pophams Bakery, for extra breakfast treats, is a 10-minute walk; 15 to Upper Street, with Islington's finest – Bellanger, Ottolenghi. The Hanbury Arms, is two minutes across the square, for wood-fired pizzas. It's a 15-minute walk to the tube, Angel.

Local points of interest from Thomas Blaikie

  • Buses: 5 minutes to stops for City, St Pauls, Tate Modern. Limited parking (by arrangement).
  • Incredible local restaurants, cafes and gastro pubs
  • Islington - characterful, highly desirable Georgian residential district buzzing with facilities
  • Quirky unusual museums and sites of interest - the Geffrye Museum for instance. The Grand Union Canal


Thomas Blaikie

Thomas is a published writer, gardener and former English teacher. He bought this early Victorian terraced house in Islington in 1996 because its proportions are so satisfying and it had nearly all its original features. Since then he’s never ceased to add to and alter it. He enjoys the fascinating conversations he has with guests, many of whom have become friends – he finds it immensely rewarding when guests appreciate what he’s created. He grew up in Devon and in this house, especially in summer, you could almost think you were in the country.