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

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe  1660 – 1731. Born Cripplegate died  Ropemakers Alley, Moorfields Have you been to Bunhill Fields and seen this? This impressive memorial to famous author Daniel Defoe does him proud but did you know that originally he had a much more modest headstone? Almost 150 years after his death, as the appreciation of his story telling grew it was … Read More

Highbury and Islington Station

Highbury & Islington station serves both the Victoria Line (light blue) and London Overground (orange) and is located on what is still referred to as Highbury Corner.  But that corner was obliterated by a WW2 bomb becoming first a roundabout and today a welcome patch of open space next to the station.  After the bomb … Read More

Paradise Park and Freightliners Farm

Paradise Park is a 4.57 acre area located on Mackenzie Road in Holloway.  It is popular with families because of its children’s play area, the RSPB Sparrow Meadow, the open grass area and outdoor gym equipment, as well as Freightliners Farm. However, the area now covered by Paradise Park was the scene of one of … Read More

Amy Levy, Pioneering Author

Out on the eastern most edge of Islington, on the border with Hackney, is an area known as Mildmay and, within it, the last resting place of the ashes of a notable young poet, novelist and essayist: her name was Amy Levy.  Today, if you wish to discover where she is located, you will have … Read More

Front of modern Angel Underground

Angel Tube Station

ANGEL TUBE STATION In our second Blog we are going to the tube station at the other end of Central Islington, Angel station. One of Angel’s claims to fame is being one of the light blue properties on the Monopoly board sharing the colour with Pentonville Road, also in Islington, and Euston Road. The station … 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

Finsbury Park -What’s in a Name?

Finsbury Park is at the north-east tip of Islington and unusually the area is named after the large park, not the other way around.  The park itself was formally opened in 1869 – now Grade II listed it was the first municipal park to be authorised by its own Act of Parliament. It’s a long … Read More

A short pub Crawl in Archway

Archway has a number of pubs which date from the late Victorian period, when a change in licensing laws and the expansion of population in the area led to the building of ‘watering holes’ over a period of about  25 years up to 1899. So there is a range of architecture and internal design from … Read More