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Quieter character – a short distance to Upper Street but with a residential feel

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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!

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.

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.

Mem & Laz Brasserie

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

The Sampler

The Sampler

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

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

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

Godfrey's

Godfrey's

This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

This is a fab little deli with homemade cakes, tonnes of local produce and some really great cheese! There's always people sat outside enjoying a sandwich and a coffee...

Belle époque

Belle époque

Delicious bread and cakes that look too perfect to eat!

Salvation in Noodles

Salvation in Noodles

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

The Highbury Barn

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.

Tangerina

Tangerina

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 Baring

The Baring

Long lazy Sundays or a swift ale after a busy day at work, The Baring is an ever popular watering hole that also has a serious Tuesday night quiz!

Highbury Arts Club

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.

Franks Canteen

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Highbury, Newington Green, De Beauvoir Town, Caledonian Road, Islington, Hoxton, Dalston, Holloway, King's Cross and Stoke Newington

"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."

Canonbury and Islington are renowned for their beautiful Regency architecture that attracts so many of the local residents.

Daniel Burrell

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

Nick Batten

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

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  1. Canonbury has lovely character, lots of established trees and well maintained houses and streets. Feels very safe and secure, and lots of cute pubs around that creates cosy and fun atmosphere. I'm here on a temporary visa and feel Canonbury definitely gives off the true London experience you come for. Also transport links are amazing, overground is so relaxing and chilled and Victoria line is brilliant.

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Child-friendly activities near Canonbury

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

Ballet North Prep Ballet

Wilson Room
Following the IDTA syllabus these classes aim to teach the basics of good ballet technique improving coordination, flexibility, musicality and concentration. Suitable for boys and girls age 4 upwards, children may also enter IDTA examinations in this class if they wish to do so and if it is deemed suitable by the teacher. Website

Latino Bambino- Trial

St. Mary’s Neighborhood Centre
Exercise, Keep fit, have fun and bond with your baby whilst dancing to Latin rhythms. Your baby stays right there with you, snuggled in a baby carrier, whilst you get some healthy exercise that has been devised to be safe and gentle for both you and your little one. Our mum and baby salsa classes are also a great way to socialize with other mums and an opportunity to introduce your child to music and movement through Dance. Salsa Babies(tm) Class: Thursdays 10.45-11.30 Toddler Class (1-4 Years): Thursday 10.00-10.40 Trial session is £10. DIscounted £9 Website

Adult & Child Sessions

St Paul's Steiner School
The parent and child group at St Paul's Steiner School has a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Inspired and guided by the philosopher and educationalist Rudolf Steiner, the group aims to create an environment that is similar to the school's kindergarten morning, but more suited to the needs of young children and their parents. In the session there are times for free play and times when the group comes together; there is a gentle rhythmical structure, which the children soon get to know and enjoy, as it provides them with a sense of security and certainty Sessions are from 9 to 11.30 in the morning and from 1 to 3.30 in the afternoon. £10.50 per session Second child: £6 per session Website

Marmalade Dance

The Arc Centre
We offer the strong training foundations for students to pass assessments with us and to potentially continue their dance training in order to perform professionally or to teach in the future if they wish. Marmalade Dance are a friendly, caring, supportive school providing dance excellence in a fun, creative environment Website

Byrne's 11+ Classes


11+ classes in English, Maths and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning. 5 x Y4 workshops, ie 2 English, 2 Maths, VR = £200 4 x Y4 workshops, ie 2 English, 2 Maths = £160 Website

Ballet North Under 5's Ballet

Wilson Room
Suitable for ages 2 and a half upwards, Baby Ballet classes are an exciting introduction to the world of dance and creative movement for both boys and girls. These classes will teach the basics of ballet, improve coordination, musicality, flexibility and concentration in a fun and comfortable environment. £75 per Term Website

About Canonbury

Canonbury is a residential district in the London Borough of Islington in the north of London. It is roughly in the area between Essex Road, Upper Street and Cross Street and either side of St Paul's Road. In 1253 land in the area was granted to the Canons of St Bartholomew's Priory, Smithfield and became known as Canonbury. The area continued predominantly as open land until it was developed as a suburb in the early 19th century. In common with similar inner London areas, it suffered decline when the construction of railways in the 1860s enabled commuting into the city from further afield. The gentrification of the area from the 1950s included new developments to replace war-damaged properties in Canonbury Park North and South as well as restoration of older buildings. East Canonbury is the south-eastern corner of the district, bordering on the Regents Canal. Parts of this area were transferred to the district from the London Borough of Hackney in a boundary adjustment (along the line of the northern tow-path of the canal), in 1993.

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