Off Islington’s Beaten Track – Discover The Residential Areas Of N1
An area guide to Canonbury and Barnsbury – two small but perfectly formed districts within the Islington borough. Discover what life is like in these N1 neighbourhoods.
Even non-Londoners have heard of the popular North London area of Islington which centres around Upper Street. Yet, many are unaware of the number of smaller neighbourhoods that make up N1. Alongside quarters in Essex Road, Caledonian Road, New North Road and Southgate Road, Canonbury and Barnsbury are twin areas which we consider to be two of North London’s finest hidden gems. Keep reading to find out why.
Village Within The Capital
There are a number of cosy districts within London that have a distinctly ‘village-like’ feel to them, despite being a stone’s throw from one of the busiest and most visited areas of the capital. Barnsbury is one such area. There’s a real community ambience in this district and much of the neighbourhood is made up of huge, attractive Georgian properties which have been built around pretty and quiet squares. Perhaps the most sought-after roads to live on in Barnsbury can be found between Liverpool Road and Hemmingford Road, with popular streets being located at Ripplevale Grove, Barnsbury and Thornhill Squares. Families tend to be drawn to the sheer size of the properties that are prevalent in this quarter.
Ideal For Professionals
Professional couples and singletons are also well catered for nearby as Canonbury letting agents are inundated with regular rental enquiries from those working in media or the legal sector. As Canonbury is located near to the east end of Upper Street, there is a spill-over of trendy shops and restaurants into the area. It is much less villagey than neighbouring Barnsbury and feels more integrated into the urban throng of Islington. Cross Street in particular is filled with independent fashion boutiques and antique furniture shops.
Pubs and Bars
Whether you’re looking for a quiet pint and a pub lunch, or a night out till the early hours, Canonbury and Barnsbury have you covered. While you could of course wander down to Upper Street and spend the day and night meandering between pubs, bars and coffee shops, it’s perfectly possible to stay closer to home and experience an equally good time.
Barnsbury is home to a number of charming gastropubs that have that ‘local’ feel to them. If you’re looking to establish roots in a watering hole where everyone knows your name, then you’ll be right at home in Barnsbury. Try pubs such as The Albion, The Duchess of Kent or The Hemmingford Arms – the latter hosts a particularly fun Irish music set.
Canonbury offers a more diverse type of entertainment which is in keeping with the chic nature of Islington. For example, Akari Kitchen and Bar is an authentic Japanese Izakaya, which is a type of drinking establishment that serves food alongside traditional Sake and Sochu. If cocktails are more your thing, then the Four Sisters Bar is one of the most frequented spots in N1.
Whether you’re looking to move to Islington or are perhaps just interested in spending more leisure time here, take a slight walk off the beaten track and check out Canonbury and Barnsbury – we think you’ll be more than pleasantly surprised.