Highbury Grove forms the southernmost extremity of the thoroughfare which begins as Blackstock Road to the north, and becomes Highbury Park at the junction shared with Riversdale Road. Highbury Grove is perhaps the most familiar and most loved part of this stretch to local residents. Towards Highbury Park, the epicentre of Highbury life is Highbury Barn, the etymology of which is drawn from a mediaeval barn and grange which developed into one of London's most popular eighteenth century venues. Corporate dances, banquets, and outdoor activities were hosted nearby until the late nineteenth century. Eventually, raucous night-time activities led to its demise. The barn and grange have long gone, but the spirit and celebration of community remains.
Now, Highbury Grove benefits from pleasant independent coffee shops, organic and exotic grocers, vintners, a fishmonger whose reputation is London-wide, and its proximity to Highbury Fields.
Highbury Fields extends from Highbury Grange and Aberdeen Park all the way out towards Highbury Corner, the intersection at which Highbury, Islington, and Canonbury all meet. A walk along the Grove will take in the famous tennis courts and open parkland, as well as stunning views towards Highbury Crescent, one of North London's most outstanding terraces. The pairs of Villas are best observed from the Grove side of the park, and to take in its span does not diminish the enjoyment of the stucco detailing. Keen advocates of similar architectural motifs will draw comparisons with Belsize Park, to the south of Hampstead, and note the contrast with neighbouring streets Calabria Road and Aberdeen Road, whose aesthetic better represents the arts and crafts and late Gothicism.
Highbury Grove is of course an important local avenue, and a short walk to Arsenal Tube (Piccadilly Line) or Highbury & Islington station (Victoria Line). Commuters will also marvel at the ease of access to Drayton Park station, and has access to lots of local bus routes in and out of central London.
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