Connecting with the Local Community

MUJI would like to celebrate the small businesses, sustainable projects, arts & craft makers, charities and many more initiatives in our neighbourhoods.

Our Picks of the Month


Loop is a gorgeous yarn and textiles shop, stocking beautiful yarns, and haberdashery sourced from all over the world. Voted the best independent knitting shop in London, they source the most beautiful things for Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery.


Founded by animal-fanatic Anna McCracken in 2014 (with the help of her toothless pug Frankie), It’s a Dog’s Life was founded with three things in mind: keeping dogs healthy, happy, and focused.


TRAMPOLINE is a London-based café with a social purpose. We provide training and employment to refugees to help them bounce back and give them the opportunity to develop their skills.

Explore Places near MUJI Islington

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After Noah

An everyman store encompassing homeware, furniture, furniment, garden, toys, gifts, cards and more - there's generally something for everyone inside (and out) and you'll find yourself lost in here for a long while. If you're looking for mid-century, vintage or retro furniture, lovingly curated and restored in our own workshops and all in a shop, just like shops should be; you're in the right place. We have stylishly put together a broad range of vintage, collectable and restored 20th Century and mid-century modern furniture design classics, along with their contemporary counterparts, so if you are looking for a piece that's out of the ordinary, you're sure to find it here.

The Archway Planter

The Archway Planter is a neighbourhood houseplants and botanical boutique. Based in a humble market stall in Holloway, North London, they offer a curated range of exotic indoor plants alongside vintage and contemporary planters. Established in 2020 at Tiff's home, this local plant shop grew out of a love and passion for learning more about house plants as a whole. Tiff saw a shared interest amongst many plant parents and decided to open up a physical space to further grow this element of discovery in relation to the natural world around us. Today, The Archway Planter has expanded into new areas such as interior plant styling; helping clients introduce more greenery to their homes, cafés and workspaces in order to improve environments and holistic wellbeing. The Archway Planter is a space that encourages connectivity and enjoyment through cultivating nature. They invite you to find your inner green.

Artbox London

Artbox London is a registered charity and social enterprise operating in Islington. We run weekly workshops for adults with learning disabilities and autism enabling them to develop and grow as artists and individuals, and to feel well and fulfilled through the practice and appreciation of art. We do this by offering a studio space where they can explore art, make lasting connections with people with and without learning disabilities, and feel part of a community. We work with artists across the entire spectrum of learning disability, adapting our practice to meet individual needs. Through our exhibitions and our online shop we present the unique talents of our artists to the world and provide a platform to sell their work and earn money from their creativity. We organise trips to museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in collaboration with our cultural partners, allowing our artists to see and experience the wider art and cultural landscape. Artbox also runs evening creative classes for the general public, including life drawing and riso-printing. All profits from these classes get reinvested into making our daytime sessions accessible and affordable for people with learning disabilities and autism.


BookBar is a bookshop, wine bar, events and social space that brings people together through books. From our monthly book club to author talks, wine tastings and our Shelf Medicate Service, we highlight the social side of reading.


EScooterClinic is a workshop and a cafe fusion, where electric scooters meet a speciality coffee, artisan cakes, and pastry. Our team of specialists can fix anything, and create bespoke machines - you can name it - we can make it. We fight against electric vehicles of poor quality landing in the landfill - we buy such machines, refurbish them and offer 12 months warranty to a final customer. This way we dramatically reduce the amount of electronic waste, and the end customer can enjoy a new bike or scooter at an affordable price. We aim to finish all repairs and upgrades whilst the customer waits and tries our delicious coffee.

Growing Life

Established 2004, Growing Life is situated North of Angel on Essex and Balls Pond Rd. Proudly providing our customers with all the growing essentials to produce thriving indoor/outdoor gardens and house plants.


THE HOME OF SUSTAINABLE THINGS specialises in products with zero or low carbon output. It is the first of its kind store and a design platform to curate exclusively, circular and sustainable design that reveals the possibilities of crafting not only aesthetically beautiful and useful objects, but achieving it without putting more strain on global resources. Its unique take on design and product development addresses waste in the economy and demonstrates craft processes that tackle the issue.


IN HER GENIUS mission is to inspire any woman to follow her instinct & uncover her own path by sharing a collection of stories of women who trusted their inner voices and guidance even when it made no sense. They live life in their zone of genius no matter what they do, because ultimately it’s about who they are. We share their art, we share their work, we share their talents.

Islington Boat Club

Islington Boat Club offers a range of activities and courses for adults and young people. We are situated in the City Road Basin, entered via Graham Street, London N1 8JX. An RYA approved training centre and staffed with Canoe England registered instructors, we offer many accredited courses for all ages over nine years. We currently have an open access Youth Club on Saturdays (11am to 4pm) also on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (5pm to 7pm). Please check out our events calendar or Facebook page for updates and news of events. We can also offer narrowboat hire and event space hire for birthdays, receptions, private parties, corporate events and much more.

It’s a Dog’s Life

Founded by animal-fanatic Anna McCracken in 2014 (with the help of her toothless pug Frankie), It’s a Dog’s Life was founded with three things in mind: keeping dogs healthy, happy, and focused. From Wolfhounds to Westies, every week she and her team walk over 135km around Islington, with breeds of all shapes and sizes. For Anna, dogs aren’t just dogs – we know they’re so much more than that. That’s why at It’s A Dog’s Life we build connections and bonds with every dog that joins our pack – learning from them while helping them develop and grow. Offering flexible, fully insured and individualised dog-walking services in Islington, we ensure the needs of each dog that joins our pack is met. At It’s A Dog’s Life, our hounds are continuously stimulated – both physically and mentally – through exercise, obedience training and socialising (with a few tasty treats in-between). The safety of your pup is of the utmost importance to us; that’s why our team never walk more than four dogs at any given time, and you’ll also receive regular pupdates throughout the day.


Kilo is a zero-waste shop on Holloway Road which sells pantry staples (rice, pasta, oats, nuts, etc.), snacks & sweets, cleaning products, toiletries and much more! Bring your own containers (or use ours) to reduce the amount of packaging you use, save money, and know that you have made a difference by supporting a sustainable, ethical, small business. If you want to take your shopping to the next level, our self-checkout app makes refilling quicker and easier than ever by storing your container's weight and deducting them as you shop! We look forward to welcoming you to Kilo!

Library of Things

Library of Things is a social enterprise that helps people save money and reduce waste by affordably renting out useful items like drills, sound systems and sewing machines from local spaces such as public libraries, co-working venues, reuse/repair shops and by helping neighbours share practical skills. Our Finsbury Park location is inside Bright Sparks Reuse & Repair Shop, a not for profit social enterprise, where a team of knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help with your questions.


Loop is a gorgeous yarn and textiles shop, stocking beautiful yarns, and haberdashery sourced from all over the world. Voted the best independent knitting shop in London, they source the most beautiful things for Knitting, Crochet, and embroidery. They have a vast range of natural fibres, hand-dyed artisan yarns, patterns and books, haberdashery, and workshops. They also have exquisite pieces made by independent designers from the UK, Europe, Japan and the Americas. Located on wonderful Camden Passage, at Angel, Loop have a true passion for textiles!

Nourished Communities

Nourished Communities is a neighborhood store offering fresh seasonal produce and veg boxes from Kent and an Aladdin’s cave of foodie products from independent local producers. The shop was set up during the pandemic to support artisans that relied on farmers markets. They also take part in many community initiatives including supporting food banks and during the pandemic they took part in the Curry Club, delivering 150 free meals to food insecure families in Highbury. Their store at 183 Blackstock Road also features a mushroom farm in the basement and beehives in the garden. They promote sustainability and community connections through plastic-free refills and workshops.

The Passage Pantry

The Passage Pantry was built on a passion for food, sustainability and community, with these values being at the core of everything we do. We choose to work with mostly local producers and farmers that care as much about our planet as we do, so that we can provide seasonal and fresh products for our local community. We truly believe that sustainable food and drink should never compromise on quality or taste and should be affordable and accessible for everyone who wants exceptional quality products.

Paul's Emporium

Established for over 20 years Paul’s Emporium specialises in buying and selling antique, mid century, salvaged, decorative and unique objects from around the world for the home and garden. From lighting to rugs, vinyl to jewellery, garden statues to arm chairs and lots, lots more. With new stock daily it’s always worth a look. A truly eclectic mix.


An indie coffee shop and grocery store selling cheese, charcuterie, toasties, groceries and all the best things. Superette specialises in hard to find, small batch food, drinks, cocktails, spirits and wine. We champion innovation in food production and beautiful packaging design from small and independent British businesses, often made locally. In our store, you will find brands you cannot find in any other London store, so drop by to pick up unique food, foodie gifts and the perfect place to treat yourself to a coffee and doughnut.


TRAMPOLINE is a London-based café with a social purpose. We provide training and employment to refugees to help them bounce back and give them the opportunity to develop their skills. Entering the workforce is often a very challenging step for refugees, and TRAMPOLINE facilitates this vital leap into society.

Upper Street Bookshop

An independent bookshop in the heart of Islington with booksellers that care. Upper Street Bookshop is proud to provide best-selling books and loves supporting independent publishers and those books that might have previously slipped your notice. As well as expansive stock, an ordering service is also available for next day book deliveries. From fiction to children’s, black interest to queer literature, we have something for everyone. Come in and ask one of our well-read booksellers for a recommendation any time.

The Wearer

"Jewellery has the power to transform the look and feel of your entire outfit. It's an expression of your individuality, character, mood." - Rachel, Founder The Wearer has been part of Islington's independent shopping scene since 2015, when owner Rachel left her fashion buying career to open a jewellery boutique showcasing the work of talented local jewellery designers. With the focus on unique and contemporary designs, The Wearer also sells a selection of non-traditional engagement and wedding rings and works closely with all the designers to ensure transparent production methods using ethically sourced stones, conflict free diamonds and recycled metal and components. They also offer a repair and re-model service and work with clients on bespoke projects.


YICRAFTS offers authentic cultural handicrafts products from Southwestern China. Its focus is on the beautiful but vanishing traditional handcrafts and cuisine of China’s minority ethnicities, such as indigo textiles, hand embroidery and woodblock printing.

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