Highbury, Highbury Everywhere

Highbury lends its names to many things – a Place, a House, a Terrace, a Barn, some Fields, a Hill, and even a Hill House – to name some.  In the 1700s it was a pleasant largely rural place to be.  There was a lot of woodland and dairy farming around and being on slightly … Read More

Mr Gestetner, The Office Innovator 

Highbury New Park is a wide mid-Victorian tree-lined avenue. It effectively links two green spaces – Highbury Fields and Clissold Park. Along both sides of this lovely leafy street there are impressive villas aimed at the prosperous Victorian middle classes of that time. The houses are similar in style, but they are not exactly alike, insofar as … Read More

Local shopping at the Broadway, Highbury Park

Highbury Park forms the middle section of the road that links Stroud Green to Canonbury, the sections at each end named Blackstock Road and Highbury Grove respectively.   On the western side of Highbury Park, either side of Sotheby Road, there are two elegant terraces of shops. Remnants of a vitreous enamel sign at the southern end show this was created as The Broadway, Highbury Park, part … Read More

Copenhagen House and Fields

Copenhagen House Copenhagen House was a famous tavern & tea-garden which stood in what is now Caledonian Park, N7, from the early 17th century until 1855.  As a pleasure garden it attracted Londoners keen to take tea, play skittles or fives (an early version of squash, said  to have be invented here), watch boxing (and … Read More

Highbury Fields


Why visit this area? Highbury is an elegant Georgian and Victorian residential area on a gentle incline leading up to its highest point (160ft) of Highbury Hill. It contains 25 acres of open space called Highbury Fields and the ‘village’ of Highbury Barn. Before it developed in the late 18th and early 19th century, it … Read More