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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!

The Free Association

The Free Association

A world class improv comedy theatre tucked away above De Beauvoir Arms pub on Southgate Road. Shows multiple nights a week featuring future and current TV and live comedy performers.

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!

The Sampler

The Sampler

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

Frederick's

Frederick's

Great wine, superb food and awesome al fresco dining in their garden during the warmer months.

New Culture Revolution

New Culture Revolution

Off the beaten track. Amazing dim sum and very good value for money.

Salvation in Noodles

Salvation in Noodles

Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.

The Baring

The Baring

Long lazy Sundays or a swift ale after a busy day at work, The Baring is an ever popular watering hole that also has a serious Tuesday night quiz!

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!

Mem & Laz Brasserie

Mem & Laz Brasserie

An Islington institution, this Mediterranean restaurant is amazing value!

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.

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.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

This is a fab little deli with homemade cakes, tonnes of local produce and some really great cheese! There's always people sat outside enjoying a sandwich and a coffee...

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of De Beauvoir Town, Canonbury, Hoxton, Newington Green, Dalston, Islington, Highbury, Caledonian Road, Shoreditch and Clerkenwell

"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.

Daniel Burrell

Alongside all the restaurants and bars that make Upper Street so popular are the architectural gems that add character to the area.

Nick Batten

I love walking down Upper Street and choosing where to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner - the choice is amazing!

Daniel Burrell

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  1. I love the vibrancy of Islington - the streets are full of restaurants from different cultures. There's also green space in central London. Plenty to see and do here. Plus of course there's Arsenal FC!

  2. Islington is a great balance of lively night-life and lovely places to chill out. It's a foodie's paradise with virtually every cuisine covered and a variety of settings from very formal to relaxed to cheap and cheerful. There's even great cinemas, theatre and music venues and unique and chain shops. The convenience factor's pretty good too with decent sized supermarkets, bus, tube and train transport and an easy (often walkable) commute to Central London

  3. The local council works hard to clean up and empty our bins

  4. Kings Cross is so well connected and, even by foot, you can get anywhere quickly. There are new things opening all the time and we're really near Shoreditch & Camden for great night life.

  5. North London has become one of my favourites places in London, mainly due to the many things there are to do, food, entertainment, socialising. I've made more friends living here that I have anywhere else, love that! I love that everything is within reach and a few minutes walk to exciting parts of east London, Shoreditch and hackney for instance. It has a quiet aspect considering its quite central, so if you love the city but value some peace swell, Islington is a five star for that! It's a lovely, friendly environment for children and families in general :)

  6. Fantastic restaurants and great transport links

  7. Caledonian Road is in every sense a hundred countries in a single street. From Vietnamese to Ethiopian, Indian to Polish, Italian to Caribbean, there is no end to the cafes, shops and restaurants in this mile long country hopping adventure. A true melting- meeting pot of cultures, it's what London prides itself in.

  8. Canonbury has lovely character, lots of established trees and well maintained houses and streets. Feels very safe and secure, and lots of cute pubs around that creates cosy and fun atmosphere. I'm here on a temporary visa and feel Canonbury definitely gives off the true London experience you come for. Also transport links are amazing, overground is so relaxing and chilled and Victoria line is brilliant.

  9. Fantastic area, great bars and restaurants for socialising, parks for jogging, and shops, it's like being in a village in London.

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Child-friendly activities near N1

Toddlers' World Soft play

Britannia Leisure Centre
A fun-filled environment designed to challenge and stimulate children between the ages of six months to five years. Parents must supervise their children during these sessions. Website

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

Adult & Child Sessions

St Paul's Steiner School
The parent and child group at St Paul's Steiner School has a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Inspired and guided by the philosopher and educationalist Rudolf Steiner, the group aims to create an environment that is similar to the school's kindergarten morning, but more suited to the needs of young children and their parents. In the session there are times for free play and times when the group comes together; there is a gentle rhythmical structure, which the children soon get to know and enjoy, as it provides them with a sense of security and certainty Sessions are from 9 to 11.30 in the morning and from 1 to 3.30 in the afternoon. £10.50 per session Second child: £6 per session Website

The Life Centre - Mummy and Babies Yoga

Popham Community Hall
Classes are designed as a joined practice exploring the yoga world of movement through your child's eyes, combining songs, games and props. The practice is fun, encouraging children to maintain their curiosity in movement and the world around them as well as develop self awareness and self confidence. 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

St Mary's Holiday Playscheme

St Mary's Youth Club
We run our play schemes in school holidays for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The core opening hrs are 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM. Parents can buy extended childcare till 6.15 pm for an additional £1.50 per session.  The daily charge for one day is £14.50.  We can offer a discount of 30% for siblings, 25% discount for children with disabilities and reduced rate of £10.50 for a limited number of low income families on a first come first served bases (total joint income under £25K ,  proof will be required). Website

Pregnancy Yoga

heart of Angel
Every incredible journey through pregnancy is unique; unique from everyone else, unique to you. Yogita has been created to carry a woman, her baby and her birth partner, through pregnancy and beyond into labour, birth and postnatal recovery. £5 Pregnancy Yoga trial sessions in Islington, N1 on select classes Website

About N1

N1 is the postcode district in North London incorporating the areas of Barnsbury (part), Canonbury, Kings Cross, Islington, Pentonville, De Beauvoir Town, Hoxton and is covered by the Hackney, Islington and Camden local authorities.

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