Islington's enchanted paradise
- 12 British pounds£12
- Outside Angel tube station, Islington High Street, N1 8XX
See fine Georgian squares, secret gardens and London's smallest nature reserve, while learning about the area's history. Dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086, Barnsbury was for centuries a rural manor set back a little from the busy Islington main road of Upper Street. In the 18th century its open fields, fresh water springs, pleasure gardens (and forerunner of the world's most famous cricket ground) were built over by 18th century developers. This brought the growing middle classes into the area, but in the 19th century it was not immune to industrialisation, overcrowding and a workhouse for the poor. Today, Barnsbury is one of inner London's most beautiful areas, tucked away between Upper Street and Caledonian Road. Start: Angel tube station Finish: Close to Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground station, or a short walk to Highbury & Islington or Caledonian Road tube stations. The walk lasts around two hours. Please be prepared for all weather conditions! "Such a wonderful walk around one of the loveliest parts of London" May 2023 "A great afternoon visiting a part of Islington I thought I knew but found out more and more about!" May 2023 Click on the 'Book Now' button and find the next available date for this walk.