Pentonville is an area on the northern fringe of Central London. It is located 1.75 miles (2.82 km) north-northeast of Charing Cross .
The area is named after Henry Penton, who developed a number of streets in the 1770s in what was open countryside adjacent to the New Road. Pentonville is the birthplace of John Stuart Mill (1806) and Forbes Benignus Winslow (1810), the noted psychiatrist. In 1902 Vladimir Lenin and his wife lived just off Pentonville Rd, and it was at this time that he first met his fellow exile Leon Trotsky.
Nearby places include Islington, St. Pancras and Finsbury. Pentonville is not the location of HM Prison Pentonville, which is located on Caledonian Road, some distance north in Barnsbury.
The closest tube station is Angel. Mr Brownlow, the gentleman whose books were stolen in Oliver Twist, lived in “a quiet shady street near Pentonville” in the novel and most film versions. However, in the musical adaptation, Oliver!, he lives in Bloomsbury Square.