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With Islington on the doorstep, you'll never run out of things to do

"Clissold Park is the perfect place for a day out with the kids - there's animal enclosures, a lovely café and lakes to explore."

Chris Ball

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

Angela Clarke

"Holloway Road has great connections to central London along the Piccadilly line."

Imogen Harrison-Broadley

What is your favourite place?

Where do Highbury locals go?

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.


This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

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.

Blighty Coffee

A coffee shop with a difference! Great food, lovely staff, quirky décor and even better coffee, all in the heart of Blackstock Road. There's a lounge area and garden, complete with an air-raid shelter and table tennis, which is the perfect place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of Finsbury Park. It's more than a coffee shop, Blighty is a community.

Belle époque

Delicious bread and cakes that look too perfect to eat!

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

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

Emirates Stadium

There is only one team in North London! A good day out....

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.


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!


Forget The Hawksmoor. This Argentinian steak restaurant serves amazing meat and has a very cosy ambience.

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.

Clissold Park

An amazing park to take your dog for a walk, with an animal enclosure and a butterfly dome!

The Sampler

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

Salvation in Noodles

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


A fantastic addition to the area, I love this Italian deli and café because of its tasty food and personable service.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Canonbury, Newington Green, Finsbury Park, Holloway, De Beauvoir Town, Stoke Newington, Caledonian Road, Tufnell Park, Islington and Dalston

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"Fashioned on Stirling Castle, Stoke Newington Pumping station once supplied clean water to much of North London. Threatened with demolition in 1971, the residents got the building Grade II listed and it now hosts a very successful climbing centre!"

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Millington House,
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Gymboree Islington

If you are on the lookout for an amazing place which offers fun, high quality and educational classes for your children you need to look no further. You cannot do better than Gymboree's award-winning sessions (4 times winner of best pre-school activity in the last 5 years) delivered by our fantastic Islington team. Come to visit us, we can't wait to welcome you and your little ones! Joining fee* £30 Reduced fee if signing up at free trial session* £15 Joining fee for 2nd and 3rd child* £14 Note: * includes a Gymboree T-shirt, Gymbo doll, carry bag and free use of open gym sessions Website

Stay and Play

Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
The activities we offer include painting, arts and crafts, book corner, play dough, role play, dressing up and sing-along. Website

Dance & Ballet Club

Studio 45
Ballet and dance classes with former Royal ballet dancer Sarah Toner. Each 45 minute class £104 per term Each 1 hour class £117 per term Each 1 hour 15 minutes class £146.25 per term Each 1 hour 30 minutes class £175.50 per term Each 2 hour class £234 per term Website

Sparky Songs at Christ Church Highbury

Christ Church Highbury
Sparkysongs is a lively, fun packed weekly music show designed to entertain and educate children aged between six months and five years. The shows include counting songs, songs with actions and songs involving costume, puppets, props and characters. Some are well-known traditional children's favourites and some are new and exclusive to Sparkysongs. The songs are linked by rhymes and comic routines and children have lots to join in with from start to finish. £7 per child, £3 per additional sibling. Website

Tiny Time Music-Full of Beans Play café

Full of Beans Play café
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class £6 per child, £9 for two siblings*. No need to book! Website

Sign & Learn at Highbury Community Nursery

Highbury Community Nursery
Sign & Learn is a fun way to interact with your baby and enables babies from as young as 6 month to communicate their needs effectively, thus reducing frustration. Website
  1. About Highbury

    Highbury is an area in the London Borough of Islington. The majority of the development of the area occurred in two phases; until the 1870s many large Italianate villas were built, mostly in the southern part of Highbury. After this time, development went down market with close packed mostly terraced houses being built, mainly in the north of Highbury. Available land continued to be in-filled with more housing until 1918, but little else changed until after World War II. After the Second World War large-scale rebuilding in parts of Highbury replaced bombed buildings and provided new municipal housing. Some villas that had not been modernised were demolished to make way for yet more municipal housing; some buildings had to be listed to protect them.

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