Map of London Highbury & Islington tube station

Highbury Islington is an old area of london, situated between the City, Hackney, and Camden to the South, East and West, and Holloway and Tottenham to the North.

Highbury Islington is a funny old mixture. Upper Street runs from the Angel, to Highbury Corner (football fans will know well), past a number of Pubs, Restaurants, Theatres and Antique shops, many in the same building at once!

The Kings Head is a famous place for theatre, pub meals and so on. The Slug and Lettuce is a standard meeting place before goign to see films at the Screen on the Green. The Red Lion is another Theatre pub of note.

Highbury Islington Town hall is a rather fine example of some sort of architecture, as is the Baptist Chapel, where occasional Jazz concerts have been held.

Once, Highbury Islington housed one of the great homes of British Rock, the Hope & Anchor, alas no more. The likes of Siouxie & the Banshees, the Eurythmics, Elvis Costello and so on all made some of their earliest appearances here (along with Dingwalls and the Roundhouse in Camden town, one of the victims of property wars in the 80s).

Highbury Islington has some very 'rough' areas, particularly up the Essex Road, but is rapidly becoming gentrified. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, can only be answered by the visitor, or the occasional writer in residence such as Douglas Adams.

Highbury Islington & Camden have had their share of problems, and the antics of their largely left wing local governments have led to the monicker, "Peoples' Republic Of...". In fact, both these areas have not only very high unemployment, but some of the best inner city state schools in England.

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