Highbury is an upper class, urban neighbourhood in the London borough of Islington. It’s very popular with young professionals due to its close proximity to central London. Young families are also drawn to this area, namely because of Highbury Fields. This green space is the largest open space in the borough and is filled with plenty of wildlife, and is a particular hit with bird watchers.
Highbury is known for its healthy bar and restaurant scene as well as its plethora of boutique shops. Many up-and-coming chefs live in this area, so you can be sure you’ll be eating well if you enjoy dining out. Filled with tree lined streets of majestic villas and roomy Victorian homes, Highbury is most famed for being the former home of Arsenal’s football stadium and The Times once called the area “the loveliest residential square in the capital”.
In the Middle Ages, Highbury had a tiny population and was a rural farming community up until the early 1800s. It was this rural character that attracted many Londoners to the area. But between the 1860s and 1870s, the rural character quickly disappeared during a building boom of terraces, mansions and villas and this saw population increase with many commuters moving to Highbury, especially when the Piccadilly and Victoria underground line arrived in the area.