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Barnsbury

Mixed architecture bounding vibrant Caledonian Road

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

Nick Batten

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

Daniel Burrell

"Within touching distance of the West End, yet retaining a vibrant neighbourhood feel, Islington is a smart choice for buyers and tenants."

Daniel Burrell

What is your favourite place?

Where do Barnsbury locals go?

The Sampler

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

Ottolenghi

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!

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!

New Culture Revolution

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

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.

Alcedo

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!

Frederick's

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

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

The Betjeman Arms

The only British Pub located within the Grade I Listed building underneath the clock tower and arches at St Pancras International station. Elegant dining room, heritage features, charming staff and stunning British pub classics menu. This is now my family's new favourite Sunday Lunch local.

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!!

BrewDog

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.

Chilango

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

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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

Rainbow Toddler Group

All Saints Church,
Rainbows is a friendly, fun filled morning for local pre-school children and their carers. The aim is to create a safe and enjoyable play time for children. It also provides a great opportunity for their parents and carers to meet and support each other. Maximum number of children for each session: 25 Cost for each session: £1.50 for each child. 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

Musical Baby Bonding

London Canal Museum
The principles of Musical Baby Bonding will help every parent to find their own unique bond with their babies. Website

Rachel Francis Massage

St. Mary Magdelene Academy
Baby massage classes by Rachel Francis. Website

Ballet - Friendly and Professional Classes

Pulse Dance Studio
Ballet North offer dance classes to all ages following the world renowned International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) Syllabus. Taught by IDTA accredited teachers, students are encouraged to develop their natural ability and creativity in a safe and friendly environment, with an equal emphasis placed on technique, discipline and enjoyment. Preparatory Ballet (£75 per Term) Primary Ballet / Grade 1 (£99 per Term) Grade 1/ Grade 2 Ballet (£99 per Term) 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

Young Actors Theatre

Young Actors Theatre
Young Actors Theatre is a theatre school with classes for children, teenagers and adults. For more details of timing contact Youth Actors Theatre. 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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