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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.

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!

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.

The Sampler

The Sampler

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

Godfrey's

Godfrey's

This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

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 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.

Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

There is only one team in North London! A good day out....

Mem & Laz Brasserie

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

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!

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 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.

Franks Canteen

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.

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!

Salvation in Noodles

Salvation in Noodles

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

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

"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."

North London remains for me the essence of London living...urban and innovative against a backdrop of centuries of history...

Vikki Broad

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

Nick Batten

Holloway Road has great connections to central London along the Piccadilly line.

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Child-friendly activities near Highbury and Islington

Dance-A-Round

Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Fun and enjoyable dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. Website

Baby and Postnatal Yoga

Moving Arts Base
Yoga classes for babies. class includes postnatal recovery postures for mum, which restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor muscles, help regain your postures, prevent stress incontinence and womb prolapse, and relieve shoulder, neck and back discomfort which are all common postnatally. Website

St Mary's Holiday Playscheme

St Mary's Youth Club
We run our play schemes in school holidays for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The core opening hrs are 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM. Parents can buy extended childcare till 6.15 pm for an additional £1.50 per session.  The daily charge for one day is £14.50.  We can offer a discount of 30% for siblings, 25% discount for children with disabilities and reduced rate of £10.50 for a limited number of low income families on a first come first served bases (total joint income under £25K ,  proof will be required). Website

Sign & Learn at Highbury Community Nursery

Highbury Community Nursery
Sign & Learn is a fun way to interact with your baby and enables babies from as young as 6 month to communicate their needs effectively, thus reducing frustration. Website

Ballet classes with Reo Dance

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre,
Children are introduced to the world of ballet through story telling and their use of imagination. Website

Stay and Play

Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
The activities we offer include painting, arts and crafts, book corner, play dough, role play, dressing up and sing-along. 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

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