A locals' guide to England
"The arrival of the London Overground in Haggerston has really opened up this area for commuters."Alexandra Lega
"Canonbury and Islington are renowned for their beautiful Regency architecture that attracts so many of the local residents."Daniel Burrell
"London Metropolitan University is one of a whopping 22 universities in London!"Angela Clarke
Where do England locals go?
I love a weekend walk along Regent's Canal with a glass of rosé from Towpath.
Submitted by Esme
Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables
There isn't a vegetable or a piece of fruit that you cannot buy here. Amazing presentation and CHEAP!
Submitted by James
Bread and Butter
Serving the best breakfasts in Dalston, lovely fresh organic food, amazing juice and great coffee. The tortilla with loads of cheese is a great hangover cure!
Submitted by Shanola
If you can't face the crowds at London's bigger museums, head to this place for a quieter and nicer experience. This museum is all about the home throughout the centuries and the café sells delicious cakes too!
Submitted by Daisy
The best place to quaff on the finest wines around without having to buy a bottle! Very highbrow.
Submitted by James
Mem & Laz Brasserie
An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!
Submitted by Angela
The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!
Submitted by Hollie
The most sophistication you can find between two kebab shops on a roundabout. A speakeasy-style cocktail bar underneath the adjacent shops, serving the best cocktail creations in town.
Submitted by Matthew
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.
Submitted by Beniamino
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.
Submitted by Annabel
Quirky interiors and crazy cocktails, this restaurant-cum-club is great for a number of different occasions.
Submitted by Daisy
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.
Submitted by Annabel
Salvation in Noodles
Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.
Submitted by Samuel
Why do you find England a great place to live?
Be the first to tell us what makes living in England great.
Did you know?
"The first canned food was patented by a merchant in Hoxton called Peter Durand in 1810. Sadly the invention of the can opener was still fifty years away and they had to be opened by a hammer!"
Child-friendly activities near England
Adult & Child SessionsSt 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
Baby MassageNew River Green Children's Centre
Baby Massage - 1.30 - 3.00 (For babies aged 6 wks - 5mths) 4 week course Cost £10.00 (Concessions available) Must be booked in advance Call reception for information and to book. Website
Piccolo Singing, Music & Dancing - Hanbury ArmsHanbury Arms
Piccolo is a fun packed 45 minute drop in session for babies and toddlers featuring action songs, puppets and musical instruments. Website
Sparky Songs at St James' HallSt James' Hall
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. Website
Ballet North Mummy & MeWilson Room
Suitable for children ages 18 months plus and their parent/ guardian, Mummy and Me classes explore different music and characters to create movement and get children moving and interacting in a fun and safe environment. Website
The Life Centre - Mummy and Babies YogaPopham Community Hall
Classes are designed as a joined practice exploring the yoga world of movement through your child's eyes, combining songs, games and props. The practice is fun, encouraging children to maintain their curiosity in movement and the world around them as well as develop self awareness and self confidence. Website
Saturday Puppet ClubThe Little Angel Theatre
This term you are invited to come and make your own puppet inspired by our new production of The Paper Dolls and learn how to be a puppeteer! Members undertake a weekly Saturday morning activity creating their own puppets and developing a short play for performance. The term culminates in a grand finale for friends and family using the puppets they have made. Saturday Puppet Club is split into two age groups. This class is for kids only, members are left with our trained team of workshop leaders and assistants for the duration of their session. 5-11 years old: £95 per person/£65.00 concessions Website
Do you live in England, or have you lived in England recently?
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- De Beauvoir Town
- Newington Green
- Caledonian Road
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