How is life in Highbury? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Highbury is an area in North London and located in the London Borough of Islington. Highbury was owned by Ranulf, brother of Ilger, and included all the areas north and east of Canonbury and Holloway Roads. “

Some great things about Highbury

At Cozee we looked at elements defining the area like restaurants, nightlife, parks, and more. Whether you’re a foodie or night owl, Highbury has something for you. Check out spots below to get a feel for life in Highbury.

Pubs

Being Londoners ourselves, at Cozee, we hold a strong bond with our regular visits to the local pub every week. Why should your experience be any different in your new home? That’s why we’ve thoroughly tested and reviewed all the pubs in Highbury. While we didn’t get the chance to personally visit each one, we certainly wish we could have. Here’s the curated list of the finest pubs in Highbury.

Pub name Name Address Description
Gunners 204 Blackstock Road Highbury N5 1EN 12/05/2022 – per their Twitter feed either reopens today or tomorrow – let’s assume it is today.
Highbury Barn 26 Highbury Park Highbury N5 2AB Originally a farm (this building?), becoming a tea garden in the 1850s and then a pub in 1861. Was Greenalls, S&N Retail, and finally a Spirit “City Pub” before being bought by a small pub company. Positioning itself as a community focused pub and clearly gets very busy on Arsenal match days when plastic drinking vessels may be used. The exterior has some fine tiling which extends in a most unusual way into an arch-like structure wrapped around the side of the pedestrian area in the side street where there are benches and people may smoke. Although it seems integral to the pub it is not owned by them. inside it is essentially one large room wrapped around an L-shaped bar with high tables and stools.
Woodbine 215 Blackstock Road Highbury N5 2LL Re-opened in 2007 and it has turned into a venue which is lovely, warm and cosy inside with plenty of artwork decorating the walls. Good range of beers, which has been recently extended – beers from local breweries are now a regular feature. On Tuesday evenings there is a very popular pub quiz which puts seating at a premium. A big screen on match days when it can get busy (note the pub opens at 11am on weekend match days). Very good jukebox. Frequented mainly by younger locals. Thai food is served with a Saturday menu starting with brunch at noon and later items such as burgers, hot dogs and lite biotes; roasts on Sunday (noon to 7pm) but we do not know the full hours of service. Regular beer festivals.
Bank of Friendship 226 Blackstock Road London N5 1EA Traditional, comfortable pub on Highbury Hill, close to former Arsenal Stadium. Sizeable outside, paved garden seating area to rear. A proper locals’ pub. Like being in someone’s living room, with the TV for sports in the saloon bar, low background music in the public bar. Quiet corners where you can gather to chat, and a blazing fire in winter. No food served. They operate a strict over 21s policy.
Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury 2a Corsica Street London N5 1JJ Former tram shed just off Highbury Corner. Was used historically to house the trams that ran on the Highbury to Aldwych route which started in 1906. Opened in 1997 by Regent Inns, later Spirit with Bar Room Bar brand, from 2006 it was owned by Orchid who went into Administration. Acquired by the expanding and ambitious Brewhouse & Kitchen chain in 2014 and, after a period of closure, it has been thoroughly refurbished with the addition of an in-house brewery (opened June 2015).
Snooty Fox 75 Grosvenor Avenue London N5 2NN This vibrant, spacious pub decorated with 1960s icons and a 45 rpm juke box gives a retro feel. It features an open-plan room with plenty of seating space and cosy couch areas. There is a small patio off the light airy lounge to enjoy one of their four real ales and watch the world go by. It has regular DJ’d music and several diverse beer festivals, always well attended.

In Highbury, is there a lot of green space?

One of London’s best features is the large array of public parks and green spaces. See if Highbury offers room to explore and maybe take your dog for a walk.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Clissold Park Green Lanes, London 4.7 6731
Highbury Fields Highbury Crescent, London 4.5 3079
Olden Community Garden 22 Whistler Street, London 4.7 35
Islington Ecology Centre 191 Drayton Park, London 4.6 44
Gillespie Park 10 Tannington Terrace, Gillespie Road, London 4.5 350
The Meadow and Wildlife Community Nature Gardens on Highbury Quadrant Estate 373 Highbury Quadrant, London N/A N/A
Aden Terrace – New River Path 145 Green Lanes, London 5 1
Aberdeen Park 20-26, The Highbury Centre, Aberdeen Park, London 3.7 3
Allotment Courtyard Sim Street, Finsbury Park, London N/A N/A
Petherton Green 37 Petherton Road, London 4.6 8
Arvon Road Community Garden 8 Arvon Road, London 4 1
Isledon Gardens London 3.7 12
Clissold Park New River Stoke Newington, Unnamed Road, London 4 1
Albion Parade 1 Albion Road, London N/A N/A
Clissold Park Softball Field Stoke Newington, London 5 2
Clissold Park Lakes 64 Queen Elizabeth’s Close, London 5 3
Clissold Park Stoke Newington Church Street, London 5 5
The Muddy Puddle 142 Albion Road, London 4.9 173
Petherton Green N/A N/A N/A
Isledon Gardens N/A N/A N/A

What kind of gyms are there in Highbury?

More at-home work means more gym-goers. Major chains make staying active in Highbury easy.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Clissold Leisure Centre 63 Clissold Road, London 4.3 1133
Fitness First Unit A, Eaststand Apartments, Avenell Road, London 4.3 462
Highbury Fields netball courts Highbury Fields, London 4.3 8
Fold London Limited 49 Green Lanes, London 4.3 3
Leyla Yoga London 49 Corsica Street, London 4.3 1
Skylight Centre 49 Corsica Street Highbury and, 49 Corsica Street, London 4.3 13
PureGym London Finsbury Park 189-219 Isledon Road, London 4.3 591
JL Fitness Solutions 189-219 Isledon Road, London 4.3 39
Taekwon-Do Elizabeth House, 2 Hurlock Street, London 4.3 1
LIM Studio 114 Highbury Park, London 4.3 18
Fitness Football Coaching 313 Highbury Quadrant, London 4.3 N/A
30+ Men’s Fitness North London Highbury Fields Football Pitch, London 4.3 N/A
MSS Net Services Suite 2, Richard Fox House, London 4.3 N/A
Pilates Sanctuary Ltd 133b Green Lanes, London 4.3 N/A
Proactive Health Promotion Ltd 24 Aberdeen Park, London 4.3 N/A
Aerial Yoga London studio 2, 231-233 Stoke Newington Church Street, London 4.3 10
Highbury Fields table tennis table 153 Highbury Grove, London 4.3 N/A
Fold Yoga London 97 Green Lanes, London 4.3 71
Complement – Osteo & Physio Islington Unit 121, Screenworks, 22 Highbury Grove, London 4.3 87
Swing Outdoor Gym London 4.3 1

Supermarkets in Highbury

Out of all the other services in Highbury, supermarkets are arguably some of the most important. Take a look at the table below that tells you where the nearest supermarkets are so you can do your shppping conveniently. It would be a shame to move somewhere new and not realise some of your favourite stores aren’t nearby in Highbury.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Here Organic Warehouse Ltd The Chelsea Farmers Market, 125 Sydney Street, London 2.4 57
Waitrose & Partners 196 King’s Road, London 4.2 432
Londis Chelsea 237 King’s Road, London 3.2 97
Prezzemolo & Vitale – Chelsea 388 King’s Road, London 4.4 335
M&S Simply Food 289-291 Fulham Road, London 4 98
Sainsbury’s Local 295-297 Fulham Road, London 3.4 43
Partridges 2-5, Duke of York Square, 5 King’s Road, London 4.3 880
Little Waitrose & Partners 103 Old Brompton Road, London 4.1 332
Tesco Express 50-52 Old Brompton Road, London 2.9 128
Sainsbury’s Local 75 Sloane Avenue, London 3.3 68
Tesco Express 248 Fulham Road, London 2.6 48
Tesco Express 80-81 Royal Hospital Road, London 2.6 31
Londis Old Brompton Road 156 Old Brompton Road, London 3.9 17
Marks and Spencer 85 King’s Road, London 4.2 1431
Kensington Express 11 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London 3.2 19
Bayley & Sage 43-45 Parkgate Road, London 4.3 233
Europafoodxb South Kensington 32 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, London 4.8 62
CO OPERATIVE SUPERMARKET King’s Road, London 3.3 65

Museums & Galleries in the region

An area thrives through its people and their interactions. Discover Highbury through its art scene by exploring galleries, museums, and cultural institutions, providing enjoyable weekend activities and contributing to the vibrant community.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Stone Circle Gillespie Park 10 Tannington Terrace, Gillespie Road, London N/A N/A
Arsenal Museum Emirates Stadium, London 4.4 28
Giants of Albion Pavement mosaic Albion Parade, London N/A N/A

The types of restaurants

Highbury has a range of different eateries. This is important for someone who is moving to an area who wants to be able to eat out and not cook every day. The below table gives you an overview of what options you have.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The Highbury Barn Tavern 26 Highbury Park, London 4.3 958
Iznik 19 Highbury Park, London 4.3 457
The Snooty Fox 75 Grosvenor Avenue, London 4.3 653
Domino’s Pizza – London – Highbury 92 Hornsey Road, London 4.3 117
The Mint 91 Green Lanes, London 4.3 85
Farang London 72 Highbury Park, London 4.3 582
Franks Canteen 86 Highbury Park, London 4.3 395
Il Guscio Highbury 231 Blackstock Road, London 4.3 315
Lizzy Cozy 154 Blackstock Road, London 4.3 1
Sage Kitchen 88 Mountgrove Road, London 4.3 390
Fink’s Salt and Sweet 70 Mountgrove Road, London 4.3 440
Clissold Spice 150 Green Lanes, London 4.3 64
Primeur Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Road, London 4.3 540
Yard Sale Pizza 54 Blackstock Road, London 4.3 608
Blighty 35-37 Blackstock Road, London 4.3 864
Dilara Uyghur Restaurant 27 Blackstock Road, London 4.3 873
Atlantic Fish Bar 275 Green Lanes, London 4.3 160
Westerns Laundry 34 Drayton Park, London 4.3 614
Papa Johns Pizza 35 Green Lanes, London 4.3 151
Hamer Ethiopia 1B Rock Street, London 4.3 198

Is the local life vibrant in Highbury

There’s always something going on in a vibrant area like Highbury. For ideas on activities, check Timeout which updates weekly on local events. We’re including a link to their Highbury listings to help you easily find stuff happening soon. A great way to get oriented in a new area is seeing what’s around and where. Our map gathers property price details and other info from this article to give you a snapshot of Highbury offerings.

What type of amenities may you need in Highbury?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Highbury name before moving in the neighbourhood.

How many hospitals, pharmacies and doctors are there in Highbury?

Highbury has 7 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Drayton Park Medical Centre 40 Drayton Park, London N/A N/A
The Miller Practice 49 Highbury New Park, London 3.4 68
15 Saint Johns Court 99 Highbury Park, London N/A N/A
Allerton Road Medical Centre Allerton Road Surgery, 34A Allerton Road, London 2.5 44
Mildmay Medical Practice 2A Green Lanes, London 3 81
Park Pharmacy (Offering Free Lateral Flow & Pharmacy First Service) 286 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London 4.1 42
Sports Injury Clinic Science Centre, London 5 1

Tube & Train stations in and around Highbury

We assembled the train and tube stations of Highbury in a convenient table below so you can find the best location for you to live if transport connections are important to you.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Drayton Park Drayton Park, London 3.8 25
Arsenal Underground Ltd, Highbury Hill, London 4.3 149

Schools in and around the area of Highbury

Having an educational institution close by is a great perk when moving. See the list below of schools located in the Highbury vicinity and how they relate to property prices.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Alex Gould 185 Blackstock Road, London N/A N/A
Elia’s Pizza School 4B Gillespie Road, London 5 1
Burma Court Playgroup Burma Road, London 5 3
Kumon Maths & English St.Joan of Arc Community Centre, Kelross Road, London 5 3
Highbury Fields School Highbury Hill, London 2.2 45
St Joan Of Arc Extended School 71 Ronalds Road, London N/A N/A
Revive Health 28 Prah Road, London 4.9 33
Academics Day Nursery 1 Aden Grove, London 5 4
Samuel Rhodes Secondary School 11 Highbury New Park, London 3.5 6
Holy Trinity Tabernacle 4, Lashio House, Clissold Crescent, London 3.3 33
Perform Within Betty Layward Primary School Clissold Road, London N/A N/A
New Park Nursery & Montessori School 67 Highbury New Park, London 5 1
Aberdeen Park Nursery 143 Highbury New Park, London 4.8 4
Ambler Primary School Blackstock Road, London 3.8 6
Swim Islington 8 Highbury Grove, London 3.1 15
St Augustines Nursery 108 Highbury New Park, London 5 14
St Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School Northolme Road, London 5 7
Drayton Park Primary School 52 Drayton Park, London 4.2 10
Gillespie Primary School Gillespie Road, London 3.6 9
Sam Morris Centre Nursery Parkside Crescent, London 5 15

Post offices in and around the area of Highbury

Looking for convenient parcel handling? Having a nearby post office is the optimal solution. Beyond standard postal services, the post offices in Highbury can be found by checking out the table below.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Green Lanes (137) Post Office 137 Green Lanes, London 3.6 45
Highbury Park Post Office 12 Highbury Park, London 3.3 82
Finsbury Park Post Office 290 Seven Sisters Road, London 3.9 543
Royal mail post box Riversdale Road, London 0 0
Royal Mail Postbox Gillespie Road, Finsbury Park, London 0 0
Post Box 76 Petherton Road, London 0 0
Postbox 1 Highbury Terrace, London 3 2

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Tell us what you think of Highbury

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