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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.

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....

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!

Godfrey's

Godfrey's

This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

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.

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.

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

"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."

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

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Child-friendly activities near Highbury and Islington

Music Lessons in Studio - Drums, Guitar, Production


Music lessons available in Drums, Guitar, Bass, Music Production and Theory.Ages 5+ welcome.Lessons tailored to suit students requirements in friendly/fun environment in professional sound proofed recording studio moments away from Highbury and Islington tube station.Competitive prices and with friendly experienced teachers. 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

Sparky Songs at St Mary's

St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre
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

Sparky Songs at Christ Church Highbury

Christ Church Highbury
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. £7 per child, £3 per additional sibling. Website

Buggyfit

Paradise Park Children's Centre
The ultimate fitness class for Mums and babies. Website

Ballet North Baby 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. 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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