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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bus Stop
“From the flat, walk left onto Henry Road a short stroll, then left onto Alexandra Grove and cross at the lights into Finsbury Park - 110 acres of parkland that celebrated 150 years in 2019 as the "People's Park." Picnic spots, all sports (including American football), children's playgrounds for all ages & splash pad, a boating lake and a lovely cafe in the centre. For a great pub experience with a seemingly endless garden labyrinth above its premises, head to the Faltering Fullback - just beyond the cafe in Finsbury Park heading west, find the exit to the park onto a road called Gemel College, turn left onto Woodstock Road and quick right onto Perth Road for the pub. Head all the way upstairs and outside with a pint. The area around Finsbury Park / Stroud Green road is really changing and has a lot to offer in terms of vibrancy, cafes and food. The Park Theatre is great for a theatre play, Dotori has amazing Korean and Japanese Food and La Fabrica has wonderful tapas. The Blighty Cafe on Blackstock Road is a firm favourite for big breakfasts in our family, full English and fantastic vegetarian spreads. Enjoy! ”
  • 117 locals recommend
Soccer Stadium
“Arsenal football club. great atmosphere to watch a game. Just 2 stops away on the train. stay over for a stress free journey to the match. The host can also support you in getting to their store to purchase gifts and kits ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Soccer Stadium
“This is home to Arsenal Football Club, famous around the world. It's about a 10 minute walk from us and the stadium is huge with an Arsenal shop as well. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Rustic French coffee shop making the best coffee around and selling great fresh baguette and other delicious produce. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
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“A modern pub with lots of seating. A good selection of drinks. Mostly known for hamburgers, but also does all the usual breakfast and lunch favourites such as eggs benedict/royale.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
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“A truly lovely cafe, a short walk from Highbury & Islington station. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food, coffee and fresh juices.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“**Nature Reserve Hidden Place for the picking with small lake and green house”
  • 17 locals recommend
Pub
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“Our next door neighbour! A lovely pub with a friendly and cosy vibe and nice pavement-side outdoor space. And the occasional visiting cat!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Coal-black US-style rock bar with powerful jukebox, frequent host to bands and music fairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Larger than the Drayton Park Tesco. Reasonably priced. ATM cash machine at this location”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shaanxi Restaurant
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“The hand-pulled noodles, the cold noodles, the chicken in ginger sauce, and one of the beef buns. At a maximum, go nuts on the other authentic Sichuan staples on the menu. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“Home of The Emirates, if you love football ⚽ you will love Arsenal home ground. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pub
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“Best local pub, especially for food. Their £7 lunch deal is especially good value ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Fantastic quality Japanese food - we eat from there at least once a month. Delicious. Don't miss the Wakame salad. The Yaki Udon are great, as are the Donburi. The Seven Sisters Roll is a treat if you're in a group.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food
“Serious pies are sold to take away or eat in the compact space of this stylish chain venue. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The sister restaurant to the beloved Primeur, Westerns Laundry is a small plates spot in Highbury that’s been set up in a converted garage. Focusing on seafood and natural wines, the Spanish-inspired menu changes every day based on whatever’s in season. So you might get some langoustines with a dollop of old-school Marie Rose sauce one day, or a seabass crudo with nice olive oil the next. However, despite the rotating menu, you’ll always find croquetas, oysters, and a rum baba for dessert. The food’s consistently good and though it sounds sophisticated for a neighbourhood restaurant, the experience feels surprisingly casual, especially when you clock that you’re eating in a redecorated parking space.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“A modern pub with lots of seating. A good selection of drinks. Mostly known for hamburgers, but also does all the usual breakfast and lunch favourites such as eggs benedict/royale.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
“A truly lovely cafe, a short walk from Highbury & Islington station. Delicious vegetarian and vegan food, coffee and fresh juices.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Coal-black US-style rock bar with powerful jukebox, frequent host to bands and music fairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shaanxi Restaurant
“The hand-pulled noodles, the cold noodles, the chicken in ginger sauce, and one of the beef buns. At a maximum, go nuts on the other authentic Sichuan staples on the menu. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Fantastic quality Japanese food - we eat from there at least once a month. Delicious. Don't miss the Wakame salad. The Yaki Udon are great, as are the Donburi. The Seven Sisters Roll is a treat if you're in a group.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“The sister restaurant to the beloved Primeur, Westerns Laundry is a small plates spot in Highbury that’s been set up in a converted garage. Focusing on seafood and natural wines, the Spanish-inspired menu changes every day based on whatever’s in season. So you might get some langoustines with a dollop of old-school Marie Rose sauce one day, or a seabass crudo with nice olive oil the next. However, despite the rotating menu, you’ll always find croquetas, oysters, and a rum baba for dessert. The food’s consistently good and though it sounds sophisticated for a neighbourhood restaurant, the experience feels surprisingly casual, especially when you clock that you’re eating in a redecorated parking space.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“ The pizza produced by these guys is up there with the best! Starting out in 2014 with a shop in Clapton (seats 20ish) Yard Sale has since been mentioned in any top pizza article, competition, conversation... and rightly so. Their 2nd shop in Finsbury seats 28 however also delivers to the local post codes. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Traditional Ethiopian cuisine with vegetarian options in a no-frills restaurant with African motifs.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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