Highbury is the leafy northern end of Islington neighboured by Canonbury in the south, Arsenal in the north and Stoke Newington in the east. The grand tree lined avenues provide a quiet residential feel to the area despite it's central location. Upper Street links Angel in the south to Highbury Fields in the north, making the area very accessible.
Highbury Barn is a lovely stretch leading past the Highbury Clock, which was presented in 1897 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria. There are some good restaurants nearby; The Beach Hut serves the best fish and chips in Islington and Iznik is great for authentic Turkish cuisine. For those who are seeking a tasty Sunday lunch or generally enjoy good traditional pub food, The Highbury Tavern is the place to go. There is also a quality butchers, a good Italian deli and a fantastic cheese shop which also has a cafe allowing you to eat in. The flower shop, gift shop and independent vintners add to the charm of the area, giving it a real village feel.
Highbury Fields is a great place to take an afternoon stroll providing stretches of grass perfect for joggers and dog walkers. Clissold Park in the north is also a nice green space where you can relax away from the busy city life.
Arsenal is just above Highbury Fields, bordering Holloway Road in the west and Finsbury in the north. While still being a part of Highbury, Arsenal is distinguished by the famous Arsenal Stadium showing regular football matches. Arsenal tube station is quite curious, exiting on a quiet typical residential street springing up beside terraced houses and front gardens.
Highbury & Islington station provide excellent transport links with the Victoria line, the Overground line and the fast trains directly to Moorgate in the City.
Newington Green is tucked away at the top of Essex Road between Dalston in the east, Highbury in the west, Stoke Newington and Green Lanes in the north and De Beauvoir town and Canonbury in the south. Like all the areas in Islington, Newington Green has it's own distinct character and feel.
It's a great place to have a coffee or buy groceries, with numerous small shops and bakeries as well as several lovely cafes. 'Tina, we salute you' is a great cafe/art gallery serving delicious coffee and breakfast.
The Alma Pub is a nice place for good food or a drink and there's a sweet walled garden with hanging plants at the back. At the top of the Green there's also great bike shop called PUSH Cycles, who are really helpful and friendly.
The area's rich history is reflected in the abundance of Grade II listed buildings, with its surprising wealth of historic architecture and Newington Green has become a conservation area.
It has good transport links with numerous bus routes going in all directions, Dalston Junction and Canonbury Overground stations are also only a short walk away.
De Beauvoir Town has changed a lot in recent years, becoming more fashionable. The area is typical of London in the way that huge old buildings face council estates or ex local housing some of which is quite beautiful in its own right. The area is an ecclectic mix of traditional and modern architecture and multicultural communities with a lot of green.
The diversity of the area gives it a lot of charm, bordering Shoreditch in the South, Dalston and Stoke Newington in the North, Islington in the West and trendy Haggerston in the East. Despite its noisy neighbours De Beauvoir remains quiet, safe and calm with tranquil tree lined streets making this feel like a small pocket of suburbia in the middle of a vibrant bustling part of the city.
There are some cute cafes such as The De Beauvoir Deli and nice gastro pubs such as The Scolt Head Pub the Rosemary Branch or The Baring - which does great ales and delicious homemade burgers. On sunny days it's nice to take a stroll along the canal towards Broadway Market. The Waterline on the canal is great for good wine and fresh tasty food.
De Beauvoir Town is well connected and has a lot of bus routes including night buses, there is also Dalston Junction Overground in the North East, Haggerston Overground in the East, and Essex Road Rail station in the West.
Dalston was once notorious area bordering Islington and Hackney, most people would not have ventured so far east back then because of the bad reputation and lack of transport links. However this has become a vibrant and trendy area in the last few years becoming one of the favourite hangouts of the hipster crowd and sending house prices through the roof. The new Overground line linking Stratford and Canary Wharf to the City have made this a very desirable location for young professionals.
Its historical borders are Kingsland Road and Kingsland High Street in the west, London Fields in the east, Downs Park Road in the north and the Shoreditch parish boundary in the south. Its main shopping street, Kingsland High Street, follows the route of the Roman Ermine Street. Modern Dalston is often seen as the area surrounding both sides of Kingsland High Street, even though some of the west side is within the London Borough of Islington.
Dalston has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife, markets, great food and quirky shops.While the area still retains some of it's edgy character, it's now thriving with young creative professionals and artists. There are a huge range of very nice Turkish restaurants along the hight street and good Caribbean takeaways. Ridley Road Market is a great place for food and veg and the Market bar a few steps away is a great place to enjoy a cocktail in the evening.
Dalston is very well connected with numerous bus routes and Dalston Junction as well as Haggerston Overground stations.
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Although Clerkenwell is located right at the edge of the City of London, it still retains a strong sense of community. The narrow winding streets and Smithfield Market, the biggest meat market in London, remind us of Clerkenwell's working class roots. Away from the busy main roads there is a real village feel, with numerous old pubs and traditional restaurants to choose from.
This area is packed with history of the city and comes as a surprise to many that visit, as it is almost hidden away in the back streets. Exmouth Market offers a great range of bars and good food. In recent years there a lot design shops and trendy cafes have sprung up.
Despite it's central location, there are a lot of activities for young children and teenagers in the area such as the beautifully landscaped communal garden at the Calthorpe project. On Rosebury Avenue, 1A Arts, a children's art centre hosts creative workshops and art classes for people of all ages but especially for children, from animation to mosaics or pottery.
Clerkenwell is very well connected because it's so central. You can even walk to most places in the centre, but if you're feeling lazy there are numerous buses as well as tube stations. The Central line skirts to the south at Chancery Lane, the Northern to the east at Old Street or Moorgate, the Piccadilly in the west at Holborn and the Circle and Metropolitan through the middle at Farringdon.
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