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LiFE in Highbury and Islington

Tags: london / lifestyle / Highbury / Islington

27 February 2017 17:17

Highbury may be home to both the Emirates and the old Highbury Stadium, but don’t hold that against it (we’re kidding, Arsenal fans). It may have football running through its veins, but with comedy at its core, wildlife as its beauty and markets as its cultural being, it offers a lot more than just football. Nearby Islington offers theatres, upmarket bars and ‘Supper Street’ comprising of more restaurants than any other street in London. Even the pickiest of eaters will find something they like. Whether you’re in the mood for food or begging for a bargain you’ll find everything you’ll need in Highbury and Islington.

Fancy a pint? The Brewhouse and Kitchen not only serves beer of the Belgian, fruit and smoked variety but hosts beer masterclasses and brewery experience days. Enjoy both classic favourites and beer brewed onsite or create your own concoction and take home a 5 litre keg.

For a beer and a blast head to The King’s Head Theatre Pub where entertainment comprises pub quizzes, live music from bands such as Straight On Red and screenings of major sporting events. Food is also ever-flowing with honey roast ham, your choice of cheeses and the King Cobble Hot Dog, where pork and beef intertwine with a mouth-watering mixture of ketchup, mustard and onions. The theatre itself showcases musicals, opera and dramatic plays including Madame Butterfly and The Magic Flute. However, there’s more than just beer in Islington’s culture.

Culture continues in Camden Passage, where shops and market areas fill the streets within. You can find vintage clothing, pottery and jewellery at Pierrepont Arcade whereas Camden Passage Market sells retro images, luggage and collectibles. We recommend a trip to Penhaligon’s, which has been selling fragrances of the floral, oriental and oud varieties and bath and body bliss with luxurious oils, soaps, creams and gels since 1870. Visiting Vincent Freeman Antiques is worthwhile for its collection of 19th century musical boxes. Feel free to test your tune knowledge.

From shopping outdoors to the great outdoors at Clissold Park. Swans glide gracefully as they shake their tail feathers on Beckmere and Runtzmere lakes, surrounded by luscious greenery. Deer graze at the nearby animal enclosure, whilst beautiful butterflies ascend the heights of their dome home.

Basketball and tennis courts provide the perfect place to play and events throughout the year keep visitors happy. For example, the Yoruba Arts Festival celebrates all things Yoruba with fantastic market stalls selling authentic artwork, clothing and jewellery among other wonderful finds. Explore the event as traditional worldwide Yoruba music plays including Calypso, Afrobeats and Soca sure to put you and your feet in a good mood.

From its beer to its deer, Highbury and Islington both offer something special. With the added luxury in between, LiFE will always be wonderful there.

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