This serene north London neighborhood's allure rests in its back-woodsy charm and small-town feel.

Echoes of powerful voices reverberate through Canonbury’s brownstone apartments and cobblestone streets. Literary giants lend this north London neighborhood a certain esteem—Canonbury claims George Orwell among its long list of famous residents. Rather than self-promotion, Canonbury relies on the subtle allure of its gable-roofed houses and back-woodsy riverwalk to attract attention. Traveling to more urban areas from the neighborhood’s simplistic scenery is easy—trains, buses, and tubes are nearby.

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On the Map

Canonbury is within LB of Islington and bordered by De Beauvoir Town and Islington

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 40 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 45 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 85 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 16 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 35 minutes on the tube

Idyllic in Islington: The Small-Town Charm of Canonbury

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Canonbury's collected demeanor resonates with its citizenry. Casual pubs and colorful stores dot the sidewalks.

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As a charismatic, idyllic neighborhood nestled inside the Borough of Islington, Canonbury keeps pretty quiet despite its reasons to brag.

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The neighborhood lacks pretention, and it's exactly that fact that encourages people to sit back, talk, and linger a little longer.

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We’re in the heart of Angel Islington – an area which is both amazingly convenient and very easy to fall in love with. Under five minutes from our doorstep you’ll find some of London’s most exciting restaurants (you should definitely try Ottolenghi’s), bars, independent cinemas, coffee shops, music venues, galleries and the wonderful Almeida Theatre."

The Romance of Canonbury's Residences

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Canonbury's residential side is as inviting and unpretentious as the shops that line its main street.

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Gable-roofed brick homes possess a certain kind of pastoral charm.

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Its green park spaces provide even quieter respites from the city's noise.

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The picturesque Regents Canal is close by with its riverside bars and pubs – as are other must-sees such as nearby Camden Antiques Passage, eclectic Spitalfields market, Columbia Flower Market, Broadway market, Petticoat Lane and the food stalls and vintage stands in Brick Lane."

Getting There

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Although parking is easy to find in Canonbury, you'll have to carry pocket change to feed the meter. Luckily, Canonbury is well connected to the rest of London via nearby tube and train stations.


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