With Islington on the doorstep, you'll never run out of things to do
"London Metropolitan University is one of a whopping 22 universities in London!"Angela Clarke
"North London remains for me the essence of London living...urban and innovative against a backdrop of centuries of history..."Vikki Broad
"Holloway Road has great connections to central London along the Piccadilly line."Imogen Harrison-Broadley
Where do Highbury 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!
Submitted by James
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.
Submitted by Sarah
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!
Submitted by Dorotta
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!
Submitted by Christiane
Out of the Attic
A fab place for vintage finds and antiques, the stock is often spilling out onto the pavements.
Submitted by Andrew
Forget The Hawksmoor. This Argentinian steak restaurant serves amazing meat and has a very cosy ambience.
Submitted by James
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.
Submitted by Annabel
Perfect stop for any Arsenal fan! Underneath the railway lines at Finsbury Park, it is open all of the time, not just match days.
Submitted by Amie
Rowans Tenpin Bowl
This is a legendary late-night hotspot in Finsbury Park. It is open until 2:30am Friday and Saturday and has karaoke too.
Submitted by Michael
A coffee shop with a difference! Great food, lovely staff, quirky décor and even better coffee, all in the heart of Blackstock Road. There's a lounge area and garden, complete with an air-raid shelter and table tennis, which is the perfect place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of Finsbury Park. It's more than a coffee shop, Blighty is a community.
Submitted by Leanne
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.
Submitted by Beniamino
Why do you find Highbury a great place to live?
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Did you know?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near Highbury
Perform - Drama Workshops - HighburySt John's Highbury Vale Primary School,
Dance and singing weekly workshops. Website
Storytelling AdventuresThat Place on the Corner
Dreamcatcher are delighted to be running a weekly drama and storytelling class. This class is designed to help boost young children's movement, stimulate their imagination, enhance focus and increase their confidence. It's a multi-sensory class involving basic drama, interactive storytelling, easy singing and meeting the Dreambox friends. the children will take part in the storytelling and explore the adventures through drama and their imaginations. Website
Bright Lights Family ProgrammeThe Unitarian Church,
A chance for children and accompanying adults to play, sing, and explore universal values together in an open-minded community. Website
Dance-A-RoundHighbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Fun and enjoyable dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. Website
Islington Mums Coffee MorningFull of Beans Play Café, Highbury Park
A coffee morning for local mums and mums with bumps. Drink tea, exchange stories, catch up with existing friends and make new ones. They also have a soft play with ball pool for the little ones. Website
Clissold Park Paddling PoolClissold Park,
A giant paddling pool in the middle of Clissold Park open throughout the summer months. There is a grassy area all around and a few picnic tables. The park itself also has a pretty café with a baby change and toilets plus animal enclosures and a butterfly dome. Opening Period: Paddling pool is open in the summer months - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays Opening Time: 11:00 - 19:00 Website
AquanautsHighbury Fitness First
Swimming Classes for babies and children In a safe, relaxed atmosphere children as young as four months will learn to enjoy the water and feel confident in this new environment. Through encouragement and social engagement, your child will develop life skills, which will help them to blossom physically and mentally. Website
Highbury is an area in the London Borough of Islington. The majority of the development of the area occurred in two phases; until the 1870s many large Italianate villas were built, mostly in the southern part of Highbury. After this time, development went down market with close packed mostly terraced houses being built, mainly in the north of Highbury. Available land continued to be in-filled with more housing until 1918, but little else changed until after World War II. After the Second World War large-scale rebuilding in parts of Highbury replaced bombed buildings and provided new municipal housing. Some villas that had not been modernised were demolished to make way for yet more municipal housing; some buildings had to be listed to protect them.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Newington Green
- Finsbury Park
- De Beauvoir Town
- Stoke Newington
- Caledonian Road
- Tufnell Park
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