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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.

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...

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!

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!

The Free Association

The Free Association

A world class improv comedy theatre tucked away above De Beauvoir Arms pub on Southgate Road. Shows multiple nights a week featuring future and current TV and live comedy performers.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.

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!

Salvation in Noodles

Salvation in Noodles

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

Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers

The Honest Burger cocktails are absolutely fantastic and the staff are exceptionally friendly too!

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!

London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido

Perfect for a fun day out, especially in the summer, this outdoor pool in Hackney's London Fields is one of London's last remaining lidos. It is open all year round and is, of course, heated. Why not grab lunch from either one of their two cafes after an exciting dip?!

Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum

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!

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!

Franks Canteen

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of De Beauvoir Town, Canonbury, Hoxton, Newington Green, Dalston, Islington, Highbury, Caledonian Road, Shoreditch and Clerkenwell

"After excavating under his house on Mortimer Road for 40 years up to 20 metres in each direction, William Lyttle or known affectionately as 'Mole Man' was finally taken to court by Hackney Council."

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

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Shoreditch is to London now, what King's Road was in the '60s.

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

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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

Gymboree Islington


If you are on the lookout for an amazing place which offers fun, high quality and educational classes for your children you need to look no further. You cannot do better than Gymboree's award-winning sessions (4 times winner of best pre-school activity in the last 5 years) delivered by our fantastic Islington team. Come to visit us, we can't wait to welcome you and your little ones! Joining fee* £30 Reduced fee if signing up at free trial session* £15 Joining fee for 2nd and 3rd child* £14 Note: * includes a Gymboree T-shirt, Gymbo doll, carry bag and free use of open gym sessions Website

Sparky Songs at St James' Hall

St 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

Imagination Station

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
Imagination Station offers pre-school children the chance to explore their imaginations through music, movement, instruments and specially selected equipment. From a fibre-optic space scene to an underwater expedition both children and adults enjoy our cutting edge adventure music classes! Website

Tick Tock Music

St Stephen's Church Hall
We present a different performance each week and encourage our young audiences to participate in singing, actions, role-playing and song indentification. One child £7.50 per session Siblings over 1 year £6 per session Siblings aged 7 months to 1 year £4.50 per session. There is a membership fee of £10 for your first year at Tick Tock and a charge of £5 for every subsequent year you attend. Website

Gwenda Grayson School

St James Hall
Modern/Jazz dance for teenagers. Website

Little Kickers

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
We give your children a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality football skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment. There are four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years of age. It's the perfect way to ignite an enthusiasm for sport that will stay with them for life Website

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