The stolen Life of Nelly Power

If you walk north along Southgate Road from the Rosemary Branch pub, you could easily miss the plaque at number 97. It marks the house where Nelly Power, once a famous 19th century music hall singer and actress, lived and died.  Lottie Walker, a member of Islington Guided Walks and herself a performer, discovered Nelly … Read More


Welcome to the first Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Newsletter of 2023, and to start the year we have a comprehensive set of walks available, exploring many different aspects of the area, starting with: Burnings, Butchery and Black Death: A Walking Tour of London’s Bloody Past – Multiple dates in January and February Travel through a … Read More

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

Christmas Crackers

Crackers invented in Finsbury As Christmas approaches and we start to prepare for the festival season, putting up the tree and decorations, buying the presents and starting to think just how big that turkey will be!  Have you ever thought about those essential Christmas Crackers – where for a few days a year we laugh … Read More

Canonbury Tower

A little way to the west of Canonbury Square, at the junction of Alwyne Place and Canonbury Place, is a square brick tower with many windows set on a diagonal, indicating the presence of a rising staircase inside. Passers-by are often intrigued by this building and its staircase which apparently goes nowhere. Those who investigate … Read More

Headless! The unusual Railings Around CaledoniaN Park

Visitors to Caledonian Park who approach it from Caledonian Road will notice the railings that face Market Road and Fred White Walk. They date from 1855 when the Metropolitan Cattle Market opened on the site that later became the park. The railings were built to withstand pressure from the two-legged and four-legged creatures that thronged … Read More


Welcome to the second Clerkenwell and Islington Guides monthly newsletter of walks and events. Although we are now getting into winter, there are still plenty of opportunities to explore an aspect of the areas history, discover some fascinating buildings, and hear stories about the characters that have walked the streets of Clerkenwell and Islington, starting … Read More

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Those who journey to Islington and make their way to Canonbury Square via Upper Street and Canonbury Lane are pleasantly surprised to find an unexpected gem on their walk. Situated at the corner of Canonbury Square and Canonbury Road is a large Georgian property which is home to the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. … 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

Why are there small parks in North Islington

Islington Guided Walks host a variety of free Health and History walks in the borough’s parks. Oonagh Gay is leading the next one on Sunday 20 November in Wray Crescent Park. Here Oonagh explains how three of Islington’s small parks came to be. There are several small parks in North Islington, in contrast to the … Read More