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Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium

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

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!

Belle époque

Belle époque

Delicious bread and cakes that look too perfect to eat!

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.

Franks Canteen

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.

Blighty Coffee

Blighty Coffee

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.

Out of the Attic

Out of the Attic

A fab place for vintage finds and antiques, the stock is often spilling out onto the pavements.

Garufa

Garufa

Forget The Hawksmoor. This Argentinian steak restaurant serves amazing meat and has a very cosy ambience.

Rowans Tenpin Bowl

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.

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.

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!

Godfrey's

Godfrey's

This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

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 Arsenal

The Arsenal

Perfect stop for any Arsenal fan! Underneath the railway lines at Finsbury Park, it is open all of the time, not just match days.

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.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Canonbury, Newington Green, Finsbury Park, Holloway, De Beauvoir Town, Stoke Newington, Caledonian Road, Tufnell Park, Islington and Dalston

"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."

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

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

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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.

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Gymboree Islington


If you are on the lookout for an amazing place which offers fun, high quality and educational classes for your children you need to look no further. You cannot do better than Gymboree's award-winning sessions (4 times winner of best pre-school activity in the last 5 years) delivered by our fantastic Islington team. Come to visit us, we can't wait to welcome you and your little ones! Joining fee* £30 Reduced fee if signing up at free trial session* £15 Joining fee for 2nd and 3rd child* £14 Note: * includes a Gymboree T-shirt, Gymbo doll, carry bag and free use of open gym sessions Website

Studio LeDanza - Ballroom and Latin Dancing

Studio LaDanza
The children learn a mix of Ballroom, Latin, Disco, Line Dancing and group dances. We teach from The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabi and children may take examinations with the ISTD. Website

Aquanauts

Highbury 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

Jolly Babies

That Place on the Corner,
The classes encourage early social skills, bonding between baby and parent and early speech development. Both Health Visitors and Speech Therapists have been very impressed with the effects of these classes and many parents form strong friendships with other families through the medium of their weekly JOLLY BABIES session. Website

Childminders' Stay and Play

Ambler Children's Centre
Islington's children's centres offer a range of activities and services for children and their families, to give every child the best start in life. As well as education and daycare for your child, the centres offer a wide range of activities and services for mothers, fathers, carers and grandparents of children under five and parents-to-be. 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

Birchmore Under Fives

Birchmore Hall, Birchmore Walk
Specifically designed for children under 5 years and their parents/carers. Children will have fun and get to spend quality time with you whilst planning activities within the group. Includes tea, coffee, fruit and juice. Website

About Highbury

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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