Highbury is a district in North London within the borough of Islington and bordering the borough of Hackney. Highbury is just North of Islington and is a leafy suburb of mainly Victorian, and some Edwardian, terraced housing situated on quiet suburban streets. Although adjacent to Islington it offers a more tranquil environment. Highbury Barn, with its selection of independent and artisan shops, creates a village-like neighbourhood which is unique for an area located only a couple of miles from the City. Highbury appeals strongly to many professionals, City workers, and first-time buyers, and is also a huge attraction to families due to a selection of well thought of local schools, the fantastic, wide open spaces at Highbury Fields and the proximity to all modes of public transport providing an easy commute into central London.
Highbury is synonymous with Arsenal Football Club and although no longer at the famous Highbury Stadium is still very much part of the fabric of the area. However, there is more to do in Highbury attend a football match. Highbury is very close to Upper Street which is home to a wide variety of pubs, bars, and restaurants and many well regarded high street brands. There is also a great selection of shops in Highbury from well-known high street brands to small independent boutiques.
So, what is it like to live in Highbury? In our guide to this district in North London, you can find out what attracts home buyers to Highbury and why many who buy property here, choose to live in Highbury long-term.
Interesting facts about Highbury
- Before Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, the team used to play at Arsenal Stadium which was usually just referred to as ‘Highbury.’ The area of the old stadium has now been developed into a new luxury housing complex.
- Highbury used to be home to Rank Organisation that had film recording studios.
- Highbury has also starred in a number of London based films including Fever Pitch and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
- Highbury was also the location where the fictional character Mr Bean lived!
Properties in Highbury
There are many excellent examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in Highbury. Many of large townhouses offer comfortable and luxurious accommodation for families and City professionals. Highbury is also known for the conversion of large houses, many of which have been converted into spacious flats for sale or rent.
Over the last several years, there has been a property boom in Highbury thanks to many new build properties and the extensive redevelopment at the location of the former Arsenal Stadium. The high prices of Islington have pushed buyers north, into Highbury, where greater value for money can be achieved. This increase in demand has also been responsible for the local property boom.
Highbury is well connected to the centre of London with the underground, bus, and train network s that offer quick travel times. The main stations are Highbury & Islington, that is connected to the Overground rail network and Victoria Line tube station, and Arsenal tube station which is on the Piccadilly line. There are also plenty of bus routes that pass through Highbury, providing access into and out of central London and beyond.
Like many districts in London, there are plenty of green spaces. Highbury is well known for the grassy acres of Highbury Fields and offers a welcome contrast from the buzz and vibrancy of Islington and the fast pace of city life. Other than the opportunity to picnic and laze in the park Highbury Fields includes activities such as tennis courts, children’s’ play areas and a cafe. It is also hugely popular with joggers.
Other notable parks in or close to Highbury include Finsbury Park, Clissold Park and Victoria Park.
What’s to do in Highbury?
Because Highbury neighbours Islington and is not far from Crouch End, Camden, and even Highgate, there is no shortage of places to go to enjoy a massive choice of restaurants, pubs, music venues, theatres, cinemas and clubs.
There are plenty of fashionable chic and trendy restaurant to choose from, both locally and on nearby Upper Street and Holloway Road. You can take your pick from French, Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines to name a few.
Pubs and bars
Highbury has a nice selection bars with everything from trendy cocktail bars to traditional family-run pubs and Gastro pubs to choose from.
If you want to take in a theatre show or production, neighbouring Islington has 4 popular, renowned theatres. The Almeida is probably the best known but there is also The Little Angel Theatre and the oldest theatre in Islington, The King’s Head which is one of the first theatre/pubs and has been showing performances since Shakespeare’s time.
Families choosing to live in Highbury have a large number of well-performing schools to choose from. Highbury is well serviced by high-quality primary and secondary schools as well as highly rated academies. Most of the primaries, secondary schools and academies rank well in Ofsted reports with some being classed as outstanding.
Local amenities in Highbury
There is a great selection of local amenities for people living in Highbury. As well as local greengrocers and convenience stores you will also find small independently run shops such as a tea room, a choice of cafes and restaurants, a great many local pubs, a book shop, La Fromargerie – a specialist cheese shop, a butcher and a hardware store.
Highbury Estate Agent
If you are looking to buy, sell, rent, or lease a property in Highbury or its surrounding area, then contact our Highbury estate agent team today. Previously serviced by our Upper Street branch we opened our dedicated Highbury office in 2006 and cover a wide area ranging from Stoke Newington to Stroud Green, Finsbury Park, Holloway and Crouch End. Our professional team has extensive knowledge of Highbury and the surrounding areas and can provide a bespoke property service to assist both buyers and sellers.