Pub: The Drapers Arms

The creche-like atmosphere that many a family-friendly restaurant entices, is not something I tend to go for. However, the dependable Islington establishment, the Drapers Arms, manages to get the balance just right. For some reason, the presence of little armies of other people’s children on a Sunday afternoon, rather than deterring me to go in, as it would in many other London restaurants, only makes the place more inviting. Their squeals and screams, along with one of the bar’s delectable pre-lunch negronis, quickly dissolve any post-heavy-Saturday-night remorse. The Sunday roasts are designed for sharing, family style, and are, without a doubt, London’s finest. If you’re in the mood for something else, there is always an abundance of game, fish and vegetarian dishes on the frequently-changing menu.


Mains at roughly £18. Open daily (12-11pm).

Words by Tess Berry, The Iris Letter February 2018.