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
Where do N5 locals go?
Forget The Hawksmoor. This Argentinian steak restaurant serves amazing meat and has a very cosy ambience.
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
Out of the Attic
A fab place for vintage finds and antiques, the stock is often spilling out onto the pavements.
Submitted by Andrew
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
An amazing park to take your dog for a walk, with an animal enclosure and a butterfly dome!
Submitted by Emma
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
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
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
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! "
"I love the park, highbury fields, the tennis courts and how local it feels but with such a close distance to Central"
"Best transport links, great pubs and restaurants and the greatest football team in the world."
"The green is buzzy, fun and full of life... and culture."
What do you like about N5?
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 N5
Tiny Time Music-Full of Beans Play caféFull 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 SuperstarsHighbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Little Superstars run fun and innovative weekly football sessions. 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
Dance-A-RoundHighbury Roundhouse Community Centre
Fun and enjoyable dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. Website
Christchurch Parent & Toddler Drop InChrist 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 FivesBirchmore 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
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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