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The Vintage Guide To London | January 20, 2018

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For a British take on a 50s shake bar head to Issy's Milky Way

For a British take on a 50s shake bar head to Issy’s Milky Way

Update: Issy’s Milky Way has closed.

While there are plenty of good American-style Fifties diners in London, there has been a real lack of a more British take on the decade.

Enter Issy’s Milky Way, a shake bar and cafe on Angel’s Camden Passage.

The small cafe is decked out in brilliant Formica and decorated with truly British Fifties design classics such as Homemaker china and other decorative knick knack. Sure, there is a strong American influence too, both on shop decor – think  jukebox and Elvis memorabilia – as well as the menu which boasts milk shakes and soda floats. However the delicious toasties and quintessentially British cake selection make this quite a British affair.

The food on offer is simple and delicious –  do try the hotdog melt toastie and the rocky road sundae – and the friendly staff – all decked out in their Fifties finest – will make you feel right at home. A great little cafe and not just for Fifties lovers.

Issy’s Milk Way
28 Camden Passage
London N1 8ED

Nearest Tube: Angel
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  1. This looks perfect – will have to check it out next time I’m up North!

  2. Coco

    Their chocolate and peanut butter malt and the banana and peanut butter milkshakes are divine!

  3. Looks great, don’t know how I missed this one. Must head down there right away before the summer disappears completely!