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A locals' guide to N5

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

Vikki Broad

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

Angela Clarke

"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

What is your favourite place?

Where do N5 locals go?


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

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.

Out of the Attic

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

Franks Canteen

Delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch with a changeable menu.


This butchers sells award-winning meat. Simples.

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.

Emirates Stadium

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

Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables

There isn't a vegetable or a piece of fruit that you cannot buy here. Amazing presentation and CHEAP!

Belle époque

Delicious bread and cakes that look too perfect to eat!

Clissold Park

An amazing park to take your dog for a walk, with an animal enclosure and a butterfly dome!


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!


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 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.

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.

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.

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

What do you love about N5?

Why do you find N5 a great place to live?


"I really like living in Arsenal because of the nice restaurants and cafes, the friendly people and the general feel of the area. The transport links are also great too! "

July 2015


"I love the park, highbury fields, the tennis courts and how local it feels but with such a close distance to Central"

February 2015


"Best transport links, great pubs and restaurants and the greatest football team in the world."

January 2015


"The green is buzzy, fun and full of life... and culture."

July 2012


What do you like about N5?

Let us 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!"

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Child-friendly activities near N5

Tiny Time Music-Full of Beans Play café

Full of Beans Play café
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class £6 per child, £9 for two siblings*. No need to book! Website

Little Superstars

Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Little Superstars run fun and innovative weekly football sessions. Website


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


Highbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Fun and enjoyable dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. Website

Christchurch Parent & Toddler Drop In

Christ Church Highbury
Every Monday morning in term time from 9.45am until 11.45am there is a stay and play session in the Fellowship Room, welcoming babies, toddlers and their parents or carers. The room is filled with toys, puzzles, games, books, trains, dolls, dressing up, colouring and more. Throughout the session buttered toast and drinks are available for the little ones, and tea/coffee and biscuits for the accompanying adults. 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

Byrne's 11+ Classes

11+ classes in English, Maths and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning. 5 x Y4 workshops, ie 2 English, 2 Maths, VR = £200 4 x Y4 workshops, ie 2 English, 2 Maths = £160 Website
  1. About N5

    N5 is the postcode district in North London incorporating the areas of Highbury, Highbury Fields and is covered by the Islington, Hackney (part) local authorities.

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