Spring Is In The Air The Highbury Centre

Our warm and welcoming Christian guest house in leafy North London is a wonderful place to come and stay whatever the season. This winter, as always, we loved seeing our guests relaxing in our comfy lounge, enjoying our books, magazines and DVDs while gazing out into the garden. The first snowdrops appeared last month, but now we can see the colourful heads of crocuses rising cautiously from the earth. Spring is finally in the air, and with it, new life.

Cold, crisp winter days are ideal for a long, bracing walk, but you can’t beat a leisurely amble down to Highbury Fields on a warm spring day. With plenty to do for all ages, it’s easy to spend a whole morning or afternoon in the tranquil green space, sipping a coffee, reading a book on a bench or watching the children play. There are lots of coffee shops and eateries within walking distance of the Fields if you fancy fuelling up with lunch, or just people watching. We’re always happy to point you in the direction of our favourite haunts.

We’re so fortunate to be within easy walking distance of lots of other open green spaces. Now that spring is in the air, nothing beats a brisk walk to blow the cobwebs away.

Clissold Park in Hackney stretches over 54 acres, has a children’s playground, a paddling pool and the beautiful 18th century Clissold House where you can enjoy a coffee and cake. Just a mile away from the Highbury Centre, it’s a lovely place to explore.

Gillespie Park is handily located next door to Arsenal Tube station, a mile from Aberdeen Park. A wildlife park and nature reserve, it’s the home of the Islington Ecological Centre. With 244 species of plants, 94 species of birds and 24 types of butterflies, plus ponds, woodland and meadow areas, it’s the perfect place to take a springtime stroll and listen to the birds.  

There are a few quirky hidden treasures within a 3-mile radius of the Highbury Centre. Culpeper Community garden is a tranquil green space near Angel Tube, run entirely by local volunteers. Skip Garden at King’s Cross has been made entirely of recycled materials and houses beehives, chicken coops, herbs, vegetables and wild flowers. Dalston Curve Garden is built on an old railway line, again run by the local community who grow edible crops, butterfly bushes, shrubs and trees.

Whatever you decide to do with your time with us, our prayer for you is that you find restoration and peace in our beautiful guest house and that the open green spaces bring joy to you as buds begin to open and the first bursts of springtime birdsong are heard in the trees.


3rd March 2020

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