Arsenal are one of the giants of European football and have achieved much success in domestic competitions over the last ten years. For admirers of the Gunners, you can always try to get your hands on some match tickets although this can be hard to do, especially for Premiership games. For those who are not so keen, Emirates Stadium serves as a fairly large target for egg throwing (Miloco will not be held responsible for any arrests due to client hooliganism!!).
A part of the O2 Academy group and in the heart of the trendy area of Angel, the venue is split into two stages; the main stage hosts high-profile and established artists, and the smaller stage puts on up-and-coming artists. If you have trouble finding it after a few beers in the bars of Angel (speaking from experience here!), just try to remember that it is actually in the shopping centre. Strange, we know!
Situated on Highbury Corner underneath The Famous Cock Tavern, Buffalo Bar is one of the top London venues for new music. With some brilliant new music every night of the week, what makes this venue even better for Yard clients is that it is basically next door to the studio, perfect for after long tiring sessions, to go and have some beers and unwind. From Kings Cross, it is one stop North on the Victoria Line to Highbury and Islington. Buffalo Bar is right next to the station.
Another live venue with a unique twist, the Union Chapel is both a fully functioning church as well as a venue for a wide variety of live music. Since Autumn 2006, Union Chapel has teamed up with learning disability charity MENCAP to put on a series of events raising money and awareness. Names as big as Noel Gallagher, Chris Martin, Lily Allen, Biffy Clyro, U2, KT Tunstall, James Morrison and Kasabian have performed there.
A small but perfectly formed North London venue with a rich history of stand-up comedy. From upcoming theatre groups to the likes of Russell Brand and Jimmy Carr, acts at 'the Chicks' have proved as diverse as the list of speciality drinks. Enjoy the best of the fringe over your favourite tipple and embrace both the characters treading the boards and those propping up the bar.
Unlike many of the local pubs scattered in and around Islington, the Duke of Cambridge takes pride in its beer. This comes courtesy of the St Peter's Brewery, and is utterly sublime. Everything is organic here, and the food is a winner too.
Gallipoli Bazaar is a Turkish restaurant on Upper Street that knocks out some damned tasty food at great prices. Fresh and exotic dishes are the order of the day.
One of Islington's best restaurants (if not the best), Fredericks serves up fantastic modern euro food, and the 200 plus bottle wine list is exceptional. It should be right at the top of your list!
Le Mercury is a friendly and fairly romantic French restaurant on Upper Street. It's pretty popular, and can be pretty busy in the evenings. Still, a candlelit table for two should still ensure maximum brownie points!