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Alcedo

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

Frederick's

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

The Sampler

The Sampler

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

Mem & Laz Brasserie

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

New Culture Revolution

New Culture Revolution

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

Ottolenghi

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!

The Camden Head

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.

Camden Passage

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 Betjeman Arms

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

The Lord Stanley

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

69 Colebrooke Row

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

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

BrewDog

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

The Canonbury Tavern

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

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

"The escalators at Angel Underground Station are the longest in the network at 200ft in length and 89ft high."

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

Daniel Burrell

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

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Angela Clarke

This inspiring mosaic in Angel reminds me every day to do what I love!

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St Silas Church
This group, supported by St Silas, meets every Tuesday morning during term time from 10.00 a.m. - 12noon and is especially for pre-school babies & toddlers and their carers. The cost is £2.00 per child (maximum £3.50 per family). For health and safety reasons, the number of children must not exceed twenty-five. The entry fee includes tea, coffee and biscuits for adults and drinks and healthy snacks for children. Each gathering ends with song-time. 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

Fujian White Crane Kung Fu

Claremont Hall
Our instructors are passionate about their own training but when they are in front of their classes they are concentrated on teaching you. It's about your progress, unravelling your setbacks, instilling the principles of this old traditional style of Kung fu into you - not about their egos. Website

Music Lessons in Studio - Drums, Guitar, Production


Music lessons available in Drums, Guitar, Bass, Music Production and Theory.Ages 5+ welcome.Lessons tailored to suit students requirements in friendly/fun environment in professional sound proofed recording studio moments away from Highbury and Islington tube station.Competitive prices and with friendly experienced teachers. Website

TinyTykes Islington & Haringey Soccer Development

St Mary's C Of E Church
It allows children to explore and learn in a relaxed and fun environment whilst promoting social, physical and emotional development through the medium of soccer. Website

Childminders Stay and Play

Charlotte Terrace
All adventure playgrounds offer exciting structures on which children can play in a safe environment. We have a football and basketball pitch, fire pit as well as an amphitheatre, arts and craft classes. During the half term and summer holidays we go on trips. Open access play is free. There is a small charge for lunch club during holidays. Please pre-book places for lunch club on Monday for the week. 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

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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