De Beauvoir Town Neighbourhood Guide


This picturesque enclave situated between Islington and Dalston is actually much more of a village than a town as its name suggests. Beautiful tree lined streets of predominantly Victorian houses are bounded by Balls Pond Road to the north, Kingsland Road to the east, The Regent's Canal to the south and Southgate Road to the west.

The original plan for the 150 acres known as De Beauvoir was to build residences for the upper classes in a grid pattern, with four squares on diagonal streets intersecting at an octagon. However, after a long and controversial dispute between the landowner and the leaseholder at the time, the design culminated in just one square being completed which we know today at De Beauvoir Square where local residents and businesses come together to enjoy the Party in the Park in the gardens of the square each summer.

The area has a smattering of very good artisan cafes, gastro pubs and quirky restaurants with many of the warehouses and old industrial buildings along the canal now converted into artists’ studios. 

De Beauvoir doesn’t have an underground or overground station, in fact many of streets are now traffic free which gives an exceptionally peaceful and private feel to the area.

Transport Information:

Haggerston, Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland Overground Stations.

Essex Road Station for Great Northern routes.

A number of good local bus routes runs via Kingsland Road and Southgate Road.

The nearest Santander cycle stand is located on Hertford Road.

Our pick of De Beauvoir’s top spots:

Caffeine Kick

HER-Haggerston Espresso Room: Coffee at its finest. With beans from local roasters such as Climpson and Sons, The Roasting Shed and Vagabond, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere better.

52A Coffee House: A cozy little coffee shop with delicious homemade food.

Proper Boozer:

The Scolt Head: A proper local. Good beer, good food, a beer garden, dog friendly. Live music, a quiz night and a function room for parties, what more do you need

The Duke of Wellington: Another great local with a fab food menu and an array of regular events from comedy to still life drawing.

Tickle Your Tastebuds:

De Beauvoir Deli: We could feature this in most categories if we’re honest. Too many delicious things to mention. Great for coffee, cake, breakfast and lunch, they can even make you a picnic

Arepa:  As their own website so eloquently puts it ‘Venezuelan food with a pinch of love’ and, we might add, pretty mean cocktails to boot

The De Beauvoir Arms: In their own words ‘No music, No TV, just good food, good wine and service’. and we would tend to agree

Let’s Do Brunch:

Bread and Butter Farmhouse Café: Yummy, freshly made produce, great coffee and popular with the mum brigade

The Towpath Café: Another brunching favourite with one of the best people watching spots on the canal

Going Out Out:

Proud East: An uber cool café, restaurant, cocktail bar, pool room & event space nestled on the banks of The Regent’s Canal. Themed pop up’s change every few months and offer everything from workshops to live music and DJs

Culture Vulture:

The Rosemary Branch: A much lovely quirky pub with its own theatr

Rose Lipman Building: A creative community art space that host workshops and events

Green Fingers:

N1 Garden Centre, The Flower Appreciation Society