De Beauvoir Town is an area in the centre of London in the borough of Hackney that neighbours Islington and Highbury. Most residents in De Beauvoir describe it as a village rather than a town. De Beauvoir is home to beautiful properties in quiet tree-lined streets.
In De Beauvoir you can find some of the best examples of Victorian architecture in North London. Due to the fact that many residents grow to love the area and settle down there, property is hard to come by in this small area just two miles North of The City Of London, also known as The Square Mile.
One of the reasons that residents of this popular neighbourhood love living in De Beauvoir Town is its peace and quiet and community-feel. The tree-lined streets are generally free of traffic and the overground, railway and tube stations are on the outskirts of the town, though Canonbury Overground Station and Dalston Junction rail station are within easy reach. The quiet streets have a number of independent shops and cafes dotted amongst them.
What is it like to live in De Beauvoir Town? In this area guide, you will find out what attracts residents to De Beauvoir and keeps them here.
3 Interesting facts about De Beauvoir Town
- The name comes from Peter De Beauvoir, who was the landowner in the 19th Century.
- Until 1820 the area was countryside, with only a few grand houses.
- De Beauvoir Town became a conservation area in 1969
Properties in De Beauvoir Town
De Beauvoir Town has beautiful examples of period Victorian houses as well as luxury, newly built homes. Due to the popularity of De Beauvoir Town, homes sell for a premium. Many of the Victorian townhouses feature 3 or 4-bedroom properties.
There are a number of notable roads in De Beauvoir Town. Although a number of the Victorian properties have been converted into flats and maisonettes there remains a prevalence of family houses of varying sizes. The proximity of The City and central London attracts many young professionals to look for flats to buy and to rent.
For people looking to move to De Beauvoir Town, there are also a number of new-build apartment blocks that offer luxurious accommodation with views of the Capital.
The nearest tube stations to De Beauvoir Town are Angel (Northern Line), Old Street (Northern Line and First Capital Connect trains), and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line and First Capital Connect trains). There are also a number of nearby bus routes providing into to central London and beyond.
There are a number of railway stations nearby. Canonbury, Haggerston and Dalston Junction all operated by London Overground and Essex Road station operated by First Capital Connect.
There also well-maintained cycle paths from De Beauvoir Town that connect to the centre of London which is only 15 minutes away.
Green spaces in De Beauvoir Town
The main green areas in De Beauvoir Town is De Beauvoir Square. Compared to other parks in Islington, Highbury, or Camden, De Beauvoir Square is relatively small. However, what it lacks in large open spaces, it makes up for in its charm.
The square is laid out as a classic garden square with rose beds, lawn area, and a children’s play area.
Rosemary Gardens is a larger park that includes a football pitch and other sports facilities as well as a free outdoor gym.
The larger green spaces of Clissold Park in Stoke Newington and Highbury Fields in N5, are within easy reach.
What’s to do in De Beauvoir Town
De Beauvoir Town is a great place to enjoy quiet, peaceful time away from the hustle and bustle of central London. You can find a number of and quirky restaurants, artisan cafes, and gastropubs.
Most of the restaurants and pubs are on Southgate Road where you can also expect to find funky coffee houses, busy upmarket pubs, and fine dining restaurants. The Southern end of Southgate Road is only a short bus ride from Old Street and all the nightlife that is on offer there.
Many local residents like to relax by strolling along Regent’s canal that can take you to Camden Lock, Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park to the west and Victoria Park to the east.
Schools in De Beauvoir Town
There are a number of schools in De Beauvoir Town that are overseen by Hackney council. Parents can choose from a number of well-organised primary schools providing high-quality education. There is also Hackney New School that has a “good” grade from Ofsted and offers secondary education for students aged 11 to 19.
Local amenities in De Beauvoir Town
De Beauvoir doesn’t have a major high street like other areas of London. However, there are interesting boutiques to browse through or residents can visit some of the many antique shops.
Upper Street, in fashionable Islington, is not too far away and is well known for its’ shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. De Beauvoir is also convenient for the trendy hotspots of Shoreditch, Dalston, Hoxton and Hackney.
Residents of De Beauvoir are close to Kingsland Shopping Centre that has all you would expect from a modern shopping centre in London. There you can find high street brands, food shops, coffee shops, and much more.