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A locals' guide to N5

"North London remains for me the essence of London living...urban and innovative against a backdrop of centuries of history..."

Vikki Broad

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

Angela Clarke

"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

What is your favourite place?

Where do N5 locals go?

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.

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.

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.


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


This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

Emirates Stadium

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

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

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

Belle époque

Delicious bread and cakes that look too perfect to eat!

Clissold Park

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


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 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.

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.

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.

The Sampler

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

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

What do you love about N5?

Why do you find N5 a great place to live?


"I really like living in Arsenal because of the nice restaurants and cafes, the friendly people and the general feel of the area. The transport links are also great too! "

July 2015


"I love the park, highbury fields, the tennis courts and how local it feels but with such a close distance to Central"

February 2015


"Best transport links, great pubs and restaurants and the greatest football team in the world."

January 2015


"The green is buzzy, fun and full of life... and culture."

July 2012


What do you like about N5?

Let us know

"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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Child-friendly activities near N5

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

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


Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Fun and enjoyable dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. 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

Little Superstars

Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Little Superstars run fun and innovative weekly football 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

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
  1. About N5

    N5 is the postcode district in North London incorporating the areas of Highbury, Highbury Fields and is covered by the Islington, Hackney (part) local authorities.

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