Highbury is like Finsbury Park’s stylish older sister. Whilst it might not have the edgy grit and cool cultural undertones of its neighbour, it more than makes up for it with its good looks, amenities and plush green spaces. Victorian and Edwardian homes line winding streets. Quaint coffee houses, cute cafes, grand pubs and Grace Dent approved restaurants are rife. The area is picture-book pretty, full of charming shops and beautiful architecture. It’s a family friendly neighbourhood, with a laid back atmosphere and an artistic culture that is evident across its arts spaces and homeware stores alike.
The area retains a village-like charm, with its array of interesting independent shops lending the area extra character. It’s a ‘well to do’ type of area, but without being alienating. The friendly nature and sunny outlook of its residents and shopkeepers brighten up even the weariest of visitor’s days. It’s definitely a wine and cheese type of neighbourhood. In fact, Highbury is home to one of the most well-known cheese shops in the city, La Fromagerie. It also houses Highbury Vintners, a respected local wine merchant. Furthermore, residents benefit from the expanse of the famous Highbury Fields to the south of the enclave.
Transport: Within walking distance of Arsenal Station (Piccadilly line), Finsbury Park (Victoria, Piccadilly, Overground Lines and National Rail) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria, DLR and Overground Lines). Buses run to Blackfriars, Battersea, Hackney Wick and Clapham.
The vibe: Well to do, avocados, homely and pretty as a picture.
Booze: The Highbury Barn, The Bank of Friendship, Highbury Library, Grin and Beer It, Top Cuvee.
Have a hangover: Franks Canteen, Beam, Highbury Arts Club.
Stuff your face: Au Lac, The Beach Hut, Kissa Wa Cafe.
Get your caffeine fix: Sawyer and Gray, Oasis Cafe.
Get romantic: Highbury Arts Club, Il Gusico, Farang, Patron.
Be cultural: Estorick Collection, The Florence Trust.
Observe local wildlife: Highbury Fields.
Shop: Gathering Moss, La Fromagerie, Bourne's Fishmongers, Highbury Vintners.
020 7272 0986
85 Stroud Green Road
London, N4 3EG
Mon – Thurs: 0900 – 1815
Fri: 0900 – 1800
Sat: 1000 – 1600
Sun: Appointments by request