Caledonian ward is at the western edge of the London borough of Islington and stretches from Market Road in the north to Pentonville Road in the south. The western boundary is York Way, the eastern boundary goes down Ford Road, Hemingford Road and Calshot Street.
Team Cally operates across the whole ward but the main focus is on the area between Regent’s Canal to the south, and Offord Road/Caledonian Road & Barnsbury station (to the north). We are situated in Earlsferry Way on the Bemerton Estate, adjacent to Bemerton Children’s Centre and Jean Stokes Community Hall.
More than 14,000 people live in the ward and we are proud of our neighbourhood. Many families have lived here for generations and feel loyal towards the area. We have excellent transport links – to the rest of London, and beyond from King’s Cross station. We’ve got some great green spaces and beautiful period buildings.
There are two libraries in Caledonian ward:
The recently rebuilt Lewis Carroll Children’s Library is at 166 Copenhagen Street, N1 0ST, tel 020 7527 7936. Closed Tuesday and Thursday.
The West Library is on Bridgeman Road, N1 1BD, tel 020 7527 7920. Closed Monday and Wednesday.
Cally Pool is on Caledonian Road (corner of Twyford Street), N1 0NH, tel 020 7278 1890. It has a main pool, large teaching pool, sauna and steam suite and runs classes and holiday activities for children.
Islington Tennis Centre is on Market Road, N7 9PL, tel 020 7700 1370. There are six indoor and two outdoor courts bookable by members and non-members. There is also a sauna and steam room and regular exercise classes in the studio.
There is an open-access tarmac sports pitch in Bingfield Park.
The sports pitch behind Orkney House (access from Twyford St) can be booked at the Jean Stokes Community Centre, Cambridge House, Carnoustie Drive, tel 0207 700 1068.
Barnard Park, just to the east of the Team Cally area on Copenhagen Street has sports pitches, adventure playground and toddlers’ drop-in.
Cally Traders Association
A group of local traders has recently got together to support each other and try to secure improvements to the trading environment – tackling issues including waste and parking – and contribute to the wider community.
The main focus area is between Copenhagen Street and Offord Road but the association is keen to expand and all local businesses are welcome to join. Visit the website or contact Jan Dorling on 07763 627 180 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facilities for kids
Bemerton Children’s Centre is at 1a Coatbridge House, Carnoustie Drive, N1 0DX, tel 020 7527 4806. There is a nursery on site as well as stay-and-play sessions for parents and toddlers, and regular advice sessions.
For details of the Lewis Carroll Children’s Library see ‘Libraries’, above. For swimming (including lessons) contact Cally Pool – see ‘Sports Facilities’, above.
Team Cally’s neighbourhood has several playgrounds for children of different ages. Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground (ages 6-14) is on Bingfield Street, N1 0BJ. Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground is on Market Street, N7 9PL. There is a small play area for younger children in Thornhill Square.
For information on local primary and secondary schools see Islington Council’s web site or contact the School Admissions team on 020 7527 5515.
More information on schools, including their latest inspection reports, is also available on the Ofsted website.
A list of local services including social landlords, schools and some leisure facilities appears as part of the ‘Caledonian Ward Profile’ on the Islington council website.
The Foxtons (estate agent) website also has a page with information about