Arsenal: A neighbourhood guide for tourists and visitors
Whether you’re looking for where to stay close to Arsenal Stadium, or just find yourself in the lovely area, we’ve curated the ultimate guide for visitors.
Home to Arsenal Football Club, the Emirates Stadium is in north London, in the borough of Islington, in between Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park.
Although best known for being home to one of the UK’s most famous football clubs, the area in which the stadium is located is within easy reach of a number of vibrant spots, including Finsbury Park, Holloway and Highbury and Islington, all of which art part of the London Borough of Islington.
Islington is endowed with a plethora of parks, beautiful architecture and first-rate restaurants, as well as countless coffee shops and gastropubs. It’s a fantastic area for ‘chilling out’ or doing some remote working in a welcoming environment.
How to get to Emirates Stadium
The Emirates Stadium is situated just off the Holloway road. As well as Arsenal underground station on the Piccadilly line, it’s also within easy walking distance from Holloway, Finsbury Park and Highbury and Islington tube stations. If you prefer to travel by overground train, then Drayton Park and Canonbury overground stations are also very convenient options for reaching the stadium.
Arsenal itself is a residential area, but its tube station is the closest to the stadium. Nearby Finsbury Park, on the other side of the station, is a busy urban metropolis, offering a plethora of local delights including a bowling alley and a Jewish bakery complete with salt beef and smoked salmon bagels. Both areas have a good few pubs of note, as does nearby Highbury and Islington.
If you’re looking for a good pub and a choice of restaurants within a stone’s throw of the stadium, head to Blackstock road and check out the Woodbine and its neighbours. But be warned, if you’ve not got a reservation on a match day, you won’t be eating. Unsurprisingly, there is a park in Finsbury Park and it’s a good one for a spot of sunbathing and people watching on a summer’s afternoon.
Alternatively, you can head down to Upper Street where you’ll find more restaurants, bars and pubs than you can shake a stick at, including the famous Ottolenghi, where you can dine out on delicious delights, or pick up a sinful cake or angelic salad to go. The restaurant at the nearby Almeida theatre is also worthy of a mention.
Where to stay near Emirates Stadium
**The Drayton **Sleeps 2
If you want to be as near to the stadium as possible and you don’t mind the sound of chanting football fans on match day, then I highly recommend The Drayton, a beautiful one double bedroom Plum Guide residence within sight of the Emirates stadium. Situated in between both Holloway and Highbury and Islington tube stations, on the south side of the stadium, The Drayton is the perfect place to relax after an exciting match. In a converted Victorian house, kitted out in contemporary style, the apartment has a cosy fireplace, rainfall shower, and a particularly relaxing living room. As a bonus, The Drayton is also within a short walk of Islington’s Upper Street.
If you’re a fan of contemporary architecture and beautiful design gets you excited, then you’ll love The Gordon House. This little gem also sleeps two, in one double bedroom and it has a courtyard complete with deck chair for an al fresco aperitif on a summer’s evening. The apartment is split level which means high ceilings, tall windows and lots of light. It’s a space in which you can truly relax and every way you turn you’ll see something beautiful. You’ll completely forget that you’re in a busy city.
The MilnerSleeps 4
Super trendy, ultra-modern, with leanings towards pop art and eccentric wallpaper, The Milner is in a converted warehouse in Stoke Newington, one of north London’s no-longer-so-well-kept secrets. Stoke Newington is leafy north London at some of its best and a perfect place to feel at ease whilst still having access to a choice of restaurants and bars. The Milner is on the west side of Stoke Newington, which means that it’s within walking distance of the stadium. Light, airy, vibrant and complete with exposed brickwork this two bedroom apartment couldn’t be more trendy if it tried, but it also manages to be very comfortable and not too precious – a perfect hang-out for a small family or group of friends.
The Heart of IsloSleeps 4
If ‘home is where the heart is’, then someone has left theirs behind in this lovely apartment. This flat is a real home-away-from-home. Complete with all the luxuries of fluffy pillows, good bathroom products, proper coffee-making facilities, comfy arm chair and corner sofa, this two-bedroom warm hug of a Victorian conversion sleeps four people. You won’t get bored in this flat because everything has been thought of – with lots of books and games to keep you entertained if it’s raining outside. When the weather is more welcoming, Highbury & Islington’s coveted boutiques are just around the corner. Don’t miss the delectable cheese room at La Fromagerie. You can cleanse your palette with a glass of wine in the The Highbury Barn next door.
The Brat PackSleeps 6
This apartment is in Canonbury, just by Newington Green and a few minutes-walk from the overground train station and not far from Highbury & Islington underground station. With three bedrooms and sleeping six people, it’s a sizeable property and definitely one for those who like to feel like they are escaping the city. Although not a long walk from the Emirates stadium, the surrounding area is leafy and green and the apartment has a patio, complete with a barbecue which is great for summer evenings. The modern décor is well-balanced with the properties period features and the beautiful original wood floors and exposed brickwork give it an earthy feel that is particularly welcoming, especially when you are curled up on the big blue velvet corner couch.
High FidelitySleeps 6
This is the kind of apartment that gives you clarity of mind just being in it. With three double bedrooms, it sleeps six people and is within just a few minutes-walk of Finsbury Park and Arsenal stations. Completely clutter-free, it is the epitome of luxury without excess. Clean lines, lots of light and space, a backdrop of neutrals peppered with vibrant splashes of colour. The effort is put into providing the best of the most important – from the designer furniture, to the en-suite bathrooms, the Egyptian cotton, high thread count sheets and orthopaedic mattresses, giant flat-screen television and state-of-the-art high-fi system and coffee machine. It’s luxury, but it doesn’t need to shout about it. It’s a great space for thinking as well as for relaxing.