Flat-fronted Georgian terraces, many with original fanlights and iron railings, line the streets and squares of Islington and Barnsbury, to the west of Liverpool Road.
By contrast, Highbury is mostly Victorian and Edwardian, with solid red-brick houses along Calabria and Baalbec Roads close to Highbury Fields. Islington is one of the most urban boroughs in London and green spaces are small and subtle. But one of the loveliest stretches of the Regent’s Canal (with the longest tunnel) runs behind Duncan Terrace.
Further north, the New River Walk, tracing the route of the river that used to bring fresh water into London from Hertfordshire, runs through Canonbury.