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Canonbury London Guide

24 April 2021 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

A residential area of Islington, Canonbury has long been the place to go if you want to enjoy the buzz of Upper Street and Angel while still being able to escape to leafy tree-lined streets with charming Georgian housing. 

Canonbury itself is offers little more than residential homes. But the neighbourhood enjoys excellent connections, including an Overground station. It's also just a 10-minute walk to Upper Street, meaning one of London's most sought-after locations is right on your doorstep.

In this London guide, we're bringing you the lowdown on Canonbury, from its history to houses and everything in between. So read on and discover the N1 postcode. 

Canonbury on a map

Canonbury is a residential area in Islington and is located in the London Borough of Highbury. It's essentially the area between Upper Street and Essex Road and is a popular place with professionals and families. 

History of Canonbury

Canonbury was granted to the Canons of St Bartholomew's Priory in 1253. This was when it received its name. However, at this point, it was still predominantly open land. It wasn't until the early 19th century that Canonbury developed as a suburb.

Even then, Canonbury wasn't a particularly desirable area, though the construction of the railways in the 1860s did allow commuting into the city from further out. Gentrification didn't start until the 1950s when new developments replaced war-damaged properties, and Canonbury began to enhance its reputation as a sought-after place to live. 

Who lives there?

Canonbury has a population of just 12,000 and a relatively young median age of 33 years old. It has become increasingly popular with families, who have set up shop here thanks to its peaceful atmosphere and close connectivity to Angel & Islington. Seventy-eight per cent of residents rent their home in Canonbury.

Renting in Canonbury

There are many charming period homes in Canonbury. Some of these remain as full houses, while others have been converted into plush apartments. Most of them sit on attractive, tree-lined residential streets, and there's a peaceful vibe in the area. 

Expect to pay £1,600 per month for a one-bedroom home in Eltham, £2,100 per month for a two-bedroom property and £2,600 per month for a three-bedroom house. 

Find your Canonbury home

Canonbury travel

Canonbury Overground station is the primary transport hub in the area. It has services to Highbury & Islington in North London, Crystal Palace, West Croydon and Clapham in South London, Richmond in West London, and Stratford in East London. 

You can also change at Highbury & Islington for train and tube services, with the underground featuring on the Victoria Line. Canonbury is located in travel Zone 2. 

Canonbury eateries

Prawn on the Lawn

Enjoy small plates with hake, mussels, monkfish, or go for something more substantial like the sea bass or plaice at Prawn on the Lawn. This A fishmonger's shop with a counter and bar stool has become a popular spot in Canonbury with a reputation for having the best fish dishes around.  

Sawyer and Gray London

Head to Sawyer and Gray London for brunch and tuck into a range of delights like Mediterranean frittata, homemade lasagna and bacon & brie toasties before washing it down with an artisanal coffee or a beer. 

The Canonbury Tavern

Set in a charming 19th-century building, The Canonbury Tavern could be your next local. This stylish pub offers a British gastro menu with favourites like Sunday roasts and more. There's also a garden where you can enjoy food and drink during the warmer months of the year.

Things to do in Canonbury

The Estorick Collection

Head to The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art for Britain's only gallery exclusively exhibiting 20th-century Italian works. It's housed in one of Canonbury's beautiful buildings and has an impressive gallery, bookshop and a cafe where you can grab a hot brew. 

Upper Street

Soak up the local vibes on Upper Street, one of London's most stylish areas. Here you will find everything from international restaurants and cinemas to music venues and independent boutiques selling clothes, furniture and art. The bustling street is a great place to visit, no matter the time of day.  

New River Walk

New River Walk is a landscaped park between St Pauls Road and Canonbury Road. It's the ideal spot to go for a pleasant stroll after a Sunday lunch at one of the many gastropubs in the neighbourhood. 

Moving to Canonbury

Canonbury is full of charm and sophistication. It's a North London gem and is in high demand from media types and families who want to combine the atmosphere of a rural village with cosmopolitan vibes. If you love Islington but want something slightly more lowkey, Canonbury is the neighbourhood for you.

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