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Mixed architecture bounding vibrant Caledonian Road

"We're so lucky to have so many shops, bars and restaurants right on the doorstep of our office!"

Angela Clarke

"I love walking down Upper Street and choosing where to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner - the choice is amazing!"

Daniel Burrell

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

Angela Clarke

What is your favourite place?

Where do Barnsbury locals go?

Camden Passage

Vintage and antiques shops, Camden Passage oozes character and quirkiness with great places to have a coffee or dine. Oh so pretty and quaint!

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!


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!

The Camden Head

A fantastic boozer in the heart of Camden Passage. Sit out in the beer garden watching the locals mooching around the market stalls.


This restaurant provides the best food, near and far, in the Islington/Holloway area. Amazing cocktails, a well chosen wine card and an extraordinarily friendly and expert service that guarantees a complete dining experience. Alcedo will never disappoint!


Great wine, superb food and awesome al fresco dining in their garden during the warmer months.

New Culture Revolution

Off the beaten track. Amazing dim sum and very good value for money.

The Lord Stanley

Just off Camden Road, this pub does the best sausage and mash!

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.

Bumblebee Natural Foods

Bumblebee Natural Foods shops on Brecknock Road...you have to add them to your list, they are amazing. Great produce over three shops and the best bread ever!!


A BrewDog pub just off Camden High Street serving craft beers.

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.


A great burrito place that usually gives out tasters every day.

The Blues Kitchen

This American themed restaurant is fantastic! Not only is the food very tasty, but the atmosphere is electric - live music on a Friday and Saturday and distinctive tasting cocktails draw in a big crowd.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Caledonian Road, King's Cross, Islington, Holloway, Kentish Town, Euston, Camden, Canonbury, Regent's Park and Highbury

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"The restaurant Granita on Upper Street became well known as the place where Tony Blair and Gordon Brown met to decide who was to become Labour party leader after the death of John Smith in 1994."

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Child-friendly activities near Barnsbury

How Schools Work Class at Parent House

The Parent House
The Parent House aim to improve the aspirations and lives of parents and carers who are at risk of exclusion, poverty and isolation. Website

Baby Sensory classes

The Angelic
Baby Sensory's award winning baby development classes are now running in your area. You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby's sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Baby Sensory is an extremely popular Baby Development activity and many of our classes are fully booked, it is advisable to book early. Visitors are always welcome but please call in advance to reserve your place. To register your interest, please contact your local Baby Sensory Class Leader. Trial class is £5.00 & £45/5weeks Website

Cally Pool

This is a general swimming session for everyone - all ages and all abilities. The pool is shared with swimming lessons although seperated in a different part of the pool. Swim safely rules do apply. Website

drama at Perform Group

Robert Blair Primary School
Excellent drama classes full on energy, amazing teachers, bring out so much confidence in the children.If you go with a friend bth you and your friend earn a 30pound discount. Classes are held in Scout hall, behind nugent terrace in St Johns Wood Website

Tennis Courses and Sessions

Islington Tennis Centre
Offers an exciting and colourful introduction to the game that will sustain a young player's interest and give them the desire to play tennis for life. Islington Tennis Centre offers a range of courses and sessions for children. Website

Dance school

York Way Court Community Centre
Academy, offering ballet, tap, jazz, body conditioning, zumba, bum legs and tums, and street dance. For timing contact 7974182554 Website

Baby and Postnatal Yoga

Moving Arts Base
Yoga classes for babies. class includes postnatal recovery postures for mum, which restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor muscles, help regain your postures, prevent stress incontinence and womb prolapse, and relieve shoulder, neck and back discomfort which are all common postnatally. Website
  1. About Barnsbury

    Barnsbury is an area of north London in the London Borough of Islington, in the N1 postal districts. The name is a corruption of villa de Iseldon Berners (1274), being so called after the Berners family, who gained ownership of the lands after the Norman Conquest and were powerful medieval manorial lords, owning a large part of Islington. The area of Barnsbury was predominantly rural until the early nineteenth century. By the end of the 18th century, however, Barnsbury, like other parts of Islington, was being regarded as attractive part-rural suburbs by the comparatively wealthy wanting to move out of the cramped City of London and industrial Clerkenwell. The area is close to the City, and had strong local trade in its position as the first staging post for travellers making the journey from London to the north, and with considerable agricultural traffic and cattle driving to the nearby Smithfield cattle market in the City.

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