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The Sampler

The Sampler

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

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!

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.

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.

Godfrey's

Godfrey's

This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

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

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.

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!

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!

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!

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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

"27 Canonbury Square became the residence of famous novelist George Orwell after bombing forced him out of his home in St John's Wood in 1944."

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

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

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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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Child-friendly activities near Highbury and Islington

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

Gymnastics

St. Mary Magdelene Academy
Gymnastics Classes for children aged 4 1/2 to 16 years old. 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

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

Gymnastics

St Mary Magdalene Academy
Our classes are very popular and we strive to have a coach:child ratio of 1:8. In the course of the year children can engage in displays, competitions and Badge&Certificate awards. Website

Gymboree Islington

Gymboree play & music centre
Gymboree helps children develop through a diverse range of entertaining, stimulating activities including gym, music,art, imaginary play and lots of singing. Website

Mini Mozart- Babies and Toddlers Concert and Class

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre
Although you are welcome to book your baby into his/her older sibling's class, if like us, you were crazy enough to have two kids close together, we have another option for you. At some venues we offer a specific mixed Babies & Toddlers class where babies enjoy the class with their adults and the older sibling interacts with the teacher. Website

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