Highbury Barn

Highbury Barn looking surprisingly quiet. (c) Isabel Vandergert-Wilson

Going this way: Highbury Barn looking surprisingly quiet. (c) Isabel VanderGert-Wilson

Highbury Barn is a bustling, amazing place to shop. It’s also a good place to walk through if you are feeling lonely as there’s a good chance you will meet a friend or be able to wave at an acquaintance or neighbour. Plus it’s a sociable place to wait for a bus. Lots of the interviews on Islington Faces blog are from people who know this area well. 

Q: What do you like about Highbury Barn?
Interviews & photos by Isabel VanderGert – Wilson

Sharon (walked) lived here for six years:

“I like the stores, the butchers, the fishmongers.”


Tony (walked) lived here for 30 years:

“The community, the shops, I know the people that run them, it’s villagey, you get general good quality.”


Gokhan (bus):

“Not much. I’ve worked here for three months.”


Ifra (walked):

“Highbury Fields, I like sitting there – I’m using it all the time with my friends.”


Anonymous woman:

“Nice mixture of small local shops and Highbury Fields is a nice space for the kids. The shops would be nice on their own but the combination makes the area special.”


Going that way: Highbury Barn looking quiet. (c) Isabel VanderGert-Wilson

Going that way: Highbury Barn looking quiet. (c) Isabel VanderGert-Wilson

Barbara (walked)

“I’ve lived here 48 years and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else”


Dinah (walked)

“I live here so it’s convenient. Highbury Barn is local and you know the shopkeepers – I don’t really go to supermarkets. Some things are pretty expensive but I get most of my stuff from the Health Food & Drug Store (Five Boys) and treats from the cheese shop, Fromagerie.”


Reece (working nearby)

“I like the way Highbury Barn is near Arsenal football stadium – I go when I can afford a ticket. It’s quirky round here the way they are doing the pubs up.”


Lina (working nearby)

“I don’t know Highbury Barn well: I go on the bus here and then back. I do use Da Mario and the post office and Greggs.”


Alisa (cycled)

“There’s a beautiful fish market here and I love Five Boys – they are real characters. They have things that I can’t get easily in Stoke Newington.”

Thanks everyone. Enjoy reading about Highbury Barn. Which local characters from Highbury Barn do you think should be interviewed next? Which are your five favourite shops at the Barn? What are your favourite things about the area?


3 Responses to “Highbury Barn”

  1. laurence leader ( larry ) July 14, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    my name is Laurence leader ( larry) born in highbury barn 1946 recently visited my old home no27 hp and had a pint in the hb tavern met an old mate aldo his mum& dad had micks café my mum had the florist- joint sweetshop now a café a nice lady has it now she was interested in what her shop used to be. if anybody is still around and remembers me please contact me. i now live in perth western Australia. thanks

    • nicola baird blogs July 14, 2017 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks Laurence for stopping by. Brilliant you had a look at your old haunts in Highbury Barn recently. I hope it was a good trip. Best wishes, Nicola, Islington Faces.

      • laurence leader ( larry ) July 20, 2017 at 9:09 am #

        thanks for contacting me. no bites yet still hope somebody remembers me.i was glad to see not much had changed in highbury most of the shops have changed names.unlike Finsbury park I was shocked my old school Finsbury park sec mod now a polytech the area looked run down to many ethnics no locals left all eastern bloc & muslims sad

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