Upper Street is the main shopping street of the Islington district of inner north London, and carries the A1 road. It runs from the junction of the A1 and Pentonville Road and City Road, and runs roughly northwards past Angel Tube Station, then past the Business Design Centre, then splits at Islington Green (where Essex Road, formerly named Lower Street, branches off) past the Screen on the Green cinema, the town hall and finally at Highbury & Islington tube station on Highbury corner, where the A1 carries on as Holloway Road.
The southernmost 500 metres (0.31 mi), from the junction to Islington Green, also carries the historical name of Islington's High Street. It contains many fashionable shops, pubs, restaurants and theatres, including the now closed Granita restaurant where Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were said to have made their deal on leadership once the Labour Party won power.
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Upper Street houses Islington Town Hall, and the adjacent Islington Museum. It also contains the Hope and Anchor, formerly one of the most important venues of the 1970s and 80s punk and new wave scenes, hosting performances by Madness, U2 and Spandau Ballet, as well as Shakin' Stevens and many others. The Stranglers album Live at the Hope and Anchor was recorded here. The building is still in use as a music venue today.
Upper Street is unusual in being one of the few streets in London to have a "high pavement". This was constructed in the 1860s to protect pedestrians from being splashed by the large numbers of animals using the road to reach the new Royal Agricultural Hall (repurposed in 1986 as the present Business Design Centre); as a consequence, the pavement of the street is approximately 1 m above the road surface for some of the length of the street. One of the few other London streets with a high pavement, Liverpool Road, is the next road east of Upper Street and also serviced the Royal Agricultural Hall.