While it may be quieter than nearby Islington and not quite as trendy Angel, Highbury, offering delightful period homes and exciting new developments, proves you don’t always have to be the centre of attention to stand out. The N5 postcode is conveniently positioned to get the most out of neighbouring areas such the aforementioned Islington and Angel, as well as popular Dalston and Stoke Newington. But Highbury’s heart centres around the old village centre of Highbury Barn along Highbury Park, home to the Highbury Clock erected in 1897 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. The leafy suburb acts as an easy escape for those who want to be close, but not right in the middle of the action.
From grand Georgian townhouses to the smaller Victorian terraces and modern luxury apartments, such as the 3,000 new homes in the Drayton Park area (a result of Arsenal Football Club’s stadium move in 2006), there’s a lot of property to explore. And once you’ve done that, you might want to plan a trip to watch a game, the Emirates Stadium is less than 10 minutes’ walk from most surrounding stations. This corner of London has a lot more to offer than football, discover delightful delis, such as the award-winning La Fromagerie, great shopping, and terrific bars, pubs and restaurants that more than live up to its trendier neighbours.
Highbury Barn and the popular Highbury Fields, with almost 30 acres of lush green, gives local residents time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Within the park there are tennis courts, a café, and children’s play area. Surrounding the park, stop for a coffee in a local café, explore the local shops or take in the fine examples of Georgian and Victorian town houses and terraces that adorn Highbury Place, Highbury Crescent, and Highbury Terrace.
The nearest Underground Stations are:
Arsenal in Zone 2 on the Piccadilly Line
Holloway Road in Zone 2 on the Piccadilly Line
Highbury & Islington in Zone 2 on the Victoria Line
Finsbury Park in Zone 2 on the Piccadilly & Victoria Lines
Overground stations include:
Canonbury Railway Station in Zone 2
Drayton Park Railway Station in Zone 2
Highbury & Islington Station in Zone 2
Highbury is served by London Buses routes including: 43, 263, 271, 393, and the night bus N41.
Thornhill Primary School William Tyndale Primary Scholl Laylock Primary School St Mary’s CofE Primary School Canonbury Primary School
The Bridge Integrated Learning Space New River College Secondary St Mary Magdalene Academy City of London Academy Islington
Did you know?
The film Four Weddings and a Funeral begins with Hugh Grant trying to hail a taxi at Highbury Corner and ends in front of the houses that run along the edge of Highbury Fields.