There is little doubt that Blackstock Road is one of Highbury's livliest and busiest streets. Highbury just wouldn't feel the same without it, and Blackstock Road forms part of the border between the London Boroughs of Hackney to the East, and Islington to the West. Forming the best route from Seven Sisters Road (and Finsbury Park Station) to the North towards Highbury Fields to the South, a gentle walk along Blackstock Road will surely tempt visitors into one or more of Highbury's boutiques, bookshops, or cafes. Craftsmen can be seen working to restore vintage furnishings through full-height shop windows, while fans of hearty Italian food and exotic coffee are spoiled for choice, too. New galleries and studios help inform the local demographic; who enjoy the feel of diverse London, and whose creative expression has found a home in our area.
One of Blackstock Road's most important points of local interest is the City and Islington College Centre for Lifelong Learning; an institution specialising in adult education, and who provide training, numeracy (including Accounting and Bookkeeping), literacy, and IT courses, as well Higher Education programmes.
Being so well served by public transport keeps Blackstock Road so lively. Finsbury Park Station provides mainline and Victoria Line services into and out of Central London, and Arsenal Tube (Piccadilly Line) is nearby, too; on Gillespie Road. Transport For London bus routes 4, 19, 106, and 236 provide outstanding access to Waterloo, The City, and the West End with relative ease, and support Highbury's popularity with professional people, who need good London-wide access.
Blackstock Road's housing stock is informed by its Victorian heritage. Mixed units provide for private apartments above shops and businesses, and tall townhouses which have not been coverted sit slightly back from the road, too. Newer developments nearby are popular with younger professionals.
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