I went with Stephen, who uses an architect’s and designer’s eye to observe and note objects of interest. Stephen spotted part of an original piece of railway architecture hidden in development in an otherwise example of British brutalism including the Post Office buildings at their worst. This block more or less hides Highbury Corner from view but Stephen spotted an unused Highbury Station entrance as well.
Highbury Corner is a well known London transport feature and as a one way system it can be crossed by a series of crossings. We headed for Canonbury Road and crossed several streets to get there. There is a bus stand on the left hand side with the stop further down. It is one stop to Canonbury Square with a side entrance to the Estorick Collection on the left hand side. You can read about my visit to the Estorick Collection here: http://profwhitestick.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/estorick-collection-of-modern-italian.html
The sculpted metal gates are fascinating to touch. Turning right on to Canonbury Lane one reaches Upper Street with major Islington landmarks. The Town Hall and Union Chapel can be made out, and although the latter is set aside the tower is a major landmark.
Union Chapel is a church which was started in late 18th Century but has been remodelled through the 19th Century. It holds about 2000 people and offers an uninterrupted view of the pulpit. It is a popular venue for concerts and gigs. http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/