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Canonbury is situated in central London, in the Borough of Islington. In the mid 13th century, the area was granted to the Canons of St Bartholomew’s Priory, leading to it gaining its present name. The locality was largely unused land for several years and urbanisation started only in the 19th century, when it began to be developed as a residential district. It houses Canonbury Tower, which is a famous London landmark. The area has been home to numerous well-known personalities from the London arts and literary worlds; such as George Orwell, Lesley Forbes, Samuel Phelps, and Evelyn Waugh.
Once predominantly a residential area, the vicinity has experienced a surge in commercial spaces in the past few years. It is one of the best neighbourhoods in London to buy antiques, as well as different types of furniture including period, classic, modern and contemporary. The area also offers functional serviced offices for varying budgets.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in Canonbury Square is a major draw for art lovers. The diverse collection of sculptures and paintings by numerous Italian artists are spectacular and spellbinding. For those of you who enjoy puppetry, the Little Angel Theatre is a great place to visit. Night-time entertainment options also include several bars and clubs, many of which offer live shows. Canonbury has numerous eateries where you can indulge your taste buds. From heavenly Moroccan food, to middle-eastern delights and finger-licking Italian cuisine, you will not be disappointed with the dining options here.
Highbury & Islington is the closest station on the underground network. The area is also serviced by Angel and Dalston Junction tube stations. Canonbury, Essex Road, and Highbury & Islington are the closest mainline rail stations. Canonbury is also served well by numerous road and bus routes.