Your go-to guide for shopping in Highbury & Islington

The streets of Highbury & Islington are brimming with quirky boutiques and independent businesses. We’ve picked our favourite spots to visit when shopping in Highbury & Islington.

Cowling & Wilcox

Get creative and head to Cowling & Wilcox. Born in London in 1960, Cowling & Wilcox are specialists in fine and graphic art materials. You can find shops in Shoreditch, Camberwell and just around the corner from Net.Works. in Highbury & Islington. Stop by the store and indulge your inner artist.


The Red Bike Shop

When you take a walk around Highbury & Islington, it doesn’t take long to realise that its residents are fond of cycling. Having a specialist bike shop in the neighbourhood is a necessity. The team at The Red Bike shop on St. Pauls Road are self-proclaimed ‘full-time bike fanatics’, ensuring it’s a go-to shop for local riders. From puncture repairs to a bespoke build, The Red Bike Shop has everything your bike could possibly need.


Does it get much better than cheese and wine? By sourcing around 100 wines from artisanal producers together with a range of around 70 cheeses from France, Italy and the UK, Provisions do a good job of bringing the two together.

The shop on the Holloway Road is your go-to place to pick up some treats for the weekend and to get advice on the perfect wine and cheese pairings. Owned by two wine buffs, Provisions won’t let you down if you’re buying to impress dinner party guests.


Blue 17 Vintage clothing

A shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to your local vintage shop. Blue 17 Vintage on the Holloway Road makes vintage shopping a breeze with each section neatly laid out and marked by era. With clothes for both men and woman the little shop is packed full of treasures. From grunge to glam, you’ll leave with an armful of vintage gems.

D. & A. Binder

If you’re looking for antique fittings for your home or office, head to D. & A. Binder. Describing their shop on Holloway Road as ‘the Aladdin’s Cave of traditional furniture and fixtures’, the team at D. & A. Binder source and restore fantastic pieces. The store offers a range of fittings, from cabinets to counters in mahogany, oak, walnut, brass, bronze and chrome. Allow yourself plenty of time to really make the most of every corner of this impressive shop.

Do you live or work in Highbury & Islington? There’s plenty to do in the area and our guides help guide you to the best destinations – from local parks to the independent eateries

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