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Quieter character – a short distance to Upper Street but with a residential feel

"Alongside all the restaurants and bars that make Upper Street so popular are the architectural gems that add character to the area."

Nick Batten

"Canonbury and Islington are renowned for their beautiful Regency architecture that attracts so many of the local residents."

Daniel Burrell

"London Metropolitan University is one of a whopping 22 universities in London!"

Angela Clarke

What is your favourite place?

Where do Canonbury locals go?

The Canonbury Tavern

A public house since the early 1700's, The Canonbury Tavern was refurbished in 2009 giving the residents of Islington one of the best pub gardens in the city and a superb roast lunch on a Sunday. Moreover, the beautiful garden offers an escape from chaotic city life.

The Sampler

The best place to quaff on the finest wines around without having to buy a bottle! Very highbrow.

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

69 Colebrooke Row

One of London's best kept secrets. The size of a small living room, but serving the best experimental cocktails around. The bar uses spirits and drinks that it infuses itself in a drinks laboratory and the staff wear lab coats.


Not great if you're on a budget. However, if you want to push the boat out and want tasty Turkish-inspired food, you're in luck!

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

There isn't a vegetable or a piece of fruit that you cannot buy here. Amazing presentation and CHEAP!


This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

This is a fab little deli with homemade cakes, tonnes of local produce and some really great cheese! There's always people sat outside enjoying a sandwich and a coffee...

Belle époque

Delicious bread and cakes that look too perfect to eat!

Salvation in Noodles

Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.

The Highbury Barn

One of the most succulent chicken roasts you'll ever taste in a pub, with all of their meats supplied from the organic butcher just across the road.


Great breakfasts and lunches and the only café in the area to open early. And they have food from Brazil too! OMG, I am so excited that this is my new local!

The Baring

Long lazy Sundays or a swift ale after a busy day at work, The Baring is an ever popular watering hole that also has a serious Tuesday night quiz!

Highbury Arts Club

Amazing place, so small that you may miss it if it isn't recommended! A family run business close to Highbury Barn, perfect for breakfast, brunch or dinner. They have now started doing jazz nights on a Thursday too.

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Highbury, Newington Green, De Beauvoir Town, Caledonian Road, Islington, Hoxton, Dalston, Holloway, King's Cross and Stoke Newington

What do you love about Canonbury?

Why do you find Canonbury a great place to live?


"Canonbury has lovely character, lots of established trees and well maintained houses and streets. Feels very safe and secure, and lots of cute pubs around that creates cosy and fun atmosphere. I'm here on a temporary visa and feel Canonbury definitely gives off the true London experience you come for. Also transport links are amazing, overground is so relaxing and chilled and Victoria line is brilliant."

December 2014


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"27 Canonbury Square became the residence of famous novelist George Orwell after bombing forced him out of his home in St John's Wood in 1944."

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Child-friendly activities near Canonbury

Byrne's 11+ Classes

11+ classes in English, Maths and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning. 5 x Y4 workshops, ie 2 English, 2 Maths, VR = £200 4 x Y4 workshops, ie 2 English, 2 Maths = £160 Website

Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and Class

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre
Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling's class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher. Website

St Mary's Holiday Playscheme

St Mary's Youth Club
We run our play schemes in school holidays for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The core opening hrs are 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM. Parents can buy extended childcare till 6.15 pm for an additional £1.50 per session.  The daily charge for one day is £14.50.  We can offer a discount of 30% for siblings, 25% discount for children with disabilities and reduced rate of £10.50 for a limited number of low income families on a first come first served bases (total joint income under £25K ,  proof will be required). Website

Tick Tock Music

St Stephen's Church Hall
We present a different performance each week and encourage our young audiences to participate in singing, actions, role-playing and song indentification. One child £7.50 per session Siblings over 1 year £6 per session Siblings aged 7 months to 1 year £4.50 per session. There is a membership fee of £10 for your first year at Tick Tock and a charge of £5 for every subsequent year you attend. Website

Adult & Child Sessions

St Paul's Steiner School
The parent and child group at St Paul's Steiner School has a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Inspired and guided by the philosopher and educationalist Rudolf Steiner, the group aims to create an environment that is similar to the school's kindergarten morning, but more suited to the needs of young children and their parents. In the session there are times for free play and times when the group comes together; there is a gentle rhythmical structure, which the children soon get to know and enjoy, as it provides them with a sense of security and certainty Sessions are from 9 to 11.30 in the morning and from 1 to 3.30 in the afternoon. £10.50 per session Second child: £6 per session Website

Mini Mozart

St. Mary's, Upper Street
The idea of Mini Mozart is to get children actually listening, not just hearing. Children interact with our live musicians in a way that is impossible with recorded music. Website

Imagination Station

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
Imagination Station offers pre-school children the chance to explore their imaginations through music, movement, instruments and specially selected equipment. From a fibre-optic space scene to an underwater expedition both children and adults enjoy our cutting edge adventure music classes! Website
  1. About Canonbury

    Canonbury is a residential district in the London Borough of Islington in the north of London. It is roughly in the area between Essex Road, Upper Street and Cross Street and either side of St Paul's Road. In 1253 land in the area was granted to the Canons of St Bartholomew's Priory, Smithfield and became known as Canonbury. The area continued predominantly as open land until it was developed as a suburb in the early 19th century. In common with similar inner London areas, it suffered decline when the construction of railways in the 1860s enabled commuting into the city from further afield. The gentrification of the area from the 1950s included new developments to replace war-damaged properties in Canonbury Park North and South as well as restoration of older buildings. East Canonbury is the south-eastern corner of the district, bordering on the Regents Canal. Parts of this area were transferred to the district from the London Borough of Hackney in a boundary adjustment (along the line of the northern tow-path of the canal), in 1993.

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