With Islington on the doorstep, you'll never run out of things to do
"North London remains for me the essence of London living...urban and innovative against a backdrop of centuries of history..."Vikki Broad
"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
"London Metropolitan University is one of a whopping 22 universities in London!"Angela Clarke
Where do Highbury locals go?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
"Fashioned on Stirling Castle, Stoke Newington Pumping station once supplied clean water to much of North London. Threatened with demolition in 1971, the residents got the building Grade II listed and it now hosts a very successful climbing centre!"
Child-friendly activities near Highbury
DreamboxThat 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. children will take part in the storytelling and explore the adventures through drama and their imaginations. Website
Primary Tuition servicesPaul Lamond Games Ltd
Personally tailored Maths/English tuition. Website
Little SuperstarsHighbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Little Superstars run fun and innovative weekly football sessions. Website
Dance & Ballet ClubStudio 45
Ballet and dance classes with former Royal ballet dancer Sarah Toner. Each 45 minute class £104 per term Each 1 hour class £117 per term Each 1 hour 15 minutes class £146.25 per term Each 1 hour 30 minutes class £175.50 per term Each 2 hour class £234 per term Website
121 TUTOR AVAILABLE in StokeyMillington House,
I hаve а Beаutiful twо yeаr оld Dаughter, which mаkes teаching in а schооl mоst difficult! Therefоre I hаve tаken sоme time оut tо enjоy quаlity time with her. I miss teаching, аnd especiаlly the children, but fоr nоw I аm hаppy tо teаch individuаls with hоmewоrk, revisiоn etc frоm my hоme. Website
Dance-A-RoundHighbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Fun and enjoyable dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. Website
Aerobics with crecheAmbler Children's Centre
Lots of Support and Activities under one roof for Parent / Carers & Children. Aerobic session with free creche facility 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.
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Why not explore some other local areas:
- Newington Green
- Finsbury Park
- De Beauvoir Town
- Stoke Newington
- Caledonian Road
- Tufnell Park
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