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A walk around Islington will showcase some of the best community gardening on offer in central London, as well as taking you along the towpath of Regents Canal, past the plentiful restaurants and cafés of Upper Street, and through the wide, open spaces of Highbury Fields.
Starting at Angel tube station, walk through Chapel Market, where Islington Farmers’ Market runs from 10am to 2pm on Sundays, to the organic and wildlife-friendly Culpeper Community Garden, one of our star community spaces.
Retrace your steps back to Islington High Street and walk towards Regent’s Canal via Duncan Street. Here you will find Hanover Road Towpath Garden, which is tended by local schoolchildren. Take the second bridge over to Shepherdess Walk. The Growing Kitchen, with its micro allotments, pond and orchard, is a short walk away.
Retrace your steps back to the canal and cross the bridge to reach Canalside Square. Continue through Union Square, created in the mid-19th century, then on to Rector Street before crossing over Prebend Street. St James Close (open 2-5pm) is a charming communal garden.
Head up to Essex Road and then on to Cross Street. From here to Upper Street, there are many cafés and restaurants to choose from if you’d like a refreshment stop. Continue until you reach Compton Terrace Gardens, created in 1823 by the Marquis of Northampton. Melissa Bee Garden, situated in the shadow of the gothic Union Chapel, is a small and peaceful sanctuary for bees.
The walk can be finished here, where buses run from Upper Street back to Angel, or, alternatively, you can choose to head to Islington’s largest park, Highbury Fields. From Ronalds Road, continue to Arvon Road and visit the Arvon Road Allotment Group on the right. These terraced allotments lead down to the railway and are an oasis of calm in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium.
On the other side of the tracks you can find The Olden Community Garden, walking via Drayton Park station. Enjoy the gardens and woodland here before heading back to Highbury Corner, where you can get a tube or bus back to central London.