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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

"Clissold Park is the perfect place for a day out with the kids - there's animal enclosures, a lovely café and lakes to explore."

Chris Ball

What is your favourite place?

Where do England locals go?

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

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


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 Pantry

Specialist eggless cakes for every occasion!

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!


I love a weekend walk along Regent's Canal with a glass of rosé from Towpath.

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 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.

Salvation in Noodles

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

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.

The Breakfast Club

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

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!

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?!

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.

The Sampler

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

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.

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"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!"

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Child-friendly activities near England

Gwenda Grayson School

St James Hall
Modern/Jazz dance for teenagers. Website

The Life Centre - Mummy and Babies Yoga

Popham 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

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

Ballet North Mummy & Me

Wilson 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

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

Saturday Puppet Club

The 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

Kindy Drama - Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

St Annes Church hall
If you want your child to join the most popular drama academy in the world, to perform, learn to speak well, learn skills to help them on leaving school, and have great fun, then act now! We guarantee your child will develop excellent social skills they will need in everyday life. Website
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