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.
- For a full list of places in Islington you might enjoy visiting, see Where to go out locally.
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.”
- See the interview with Chris Godfrey from Godfrey’s the Butcher
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.”
- See the interview with Simon Dolin from Barnaby’s hairdressing salon
- Sarah Matthias, author of Berlin Love Story choose to have her interview at Highness Cafe, 21a Highbury Park because she wrote some sections of her novel there.
“Not much. I’ve worked here for three months.”
“Highbury Fields, I like sitting there – I’m using it all the time with my friends.”
- See the interview with Yehia el Nemer from Oasis Cafe
“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.”
- See the interview with Viren Soma, tennis coach on Highbury Fields
- Enjoy finding out how Highbury Fields has inspired romance novelist Heidi Rice.
“I’ve lived here 48 years and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else”
- See the interview with Simon Moore from Highbury Arts Club
“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.”
- See the interview with Danny Michelson from La Fromagerie.
- Pop down the hill to Highbury Park for your dry cleaning at one of the few places that provides a greener service -it’s run by Costa Violaris of C&A Drycleaners.
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.”
- See the interview with Tony Bedwell manager of the Highbury Barn pub
- Another huge Arsenal fan is Charlie Perdios who runs Anthony Pepe estate agents at 100 Highbury Park
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.”
“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.”
- See the interview with Subhash and Urvashi Patel from Five Boys Natural Health Store.
There are several schools near Highbury Barn. Here are interviews looking at different aspects of their work. The first is with Carole Kenrick who is scientist and inventor-in-residence at Gillespie Primary School’s Lab_13.
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?