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Welcome to Hilldrop

Our office hours are Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, excluding bank holidays.

Hilldrop Community Centre, located in Tufnell Park in Islington, is a space to bring together local people of all ages and backgrounds. We are proud to offer a variety of services to enhance our great community.

Please visit our Play Project page for information on After School & Holiday childcare services. 

Enquiries: or 0207 607 9453.

Please note staff can't always come to the phone so always leave a message. 


NEW: Read our Annual Report 2022-23

Please note that there is no Walking Art or Creative Dinners session on Wednesday 29th November due to illness. 


27th November 2023

Police Ward Panel Meeting

Wednesday 10th January 2024

The Tufnell Park Ward Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team host a meeting of panel members to discuss local concerns and set priorities for the local police team.

Small Hall, Wednesday 10th January 2024 6pm - 7pm

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20 November 2023

Christmas Celebration Day & Dinner

Tuesday 12th December 

NOTE: The event is for centre users who are registered with our Food Hub

We will be serving a full Christmas Dinner & Vegetarian Buffet. Plus our fabulous volunteers from Howden Group Holdings will be providing the entertainment.

Our free Christmas dinner is ticketed so that we can be sure of numbers attending. If you would like to reserve your place at Christmas Dinner please email

Tuesday 12th December from 9.30am to 5pm.

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06 November 2023

Christmas Family Craft Session & Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday 2nd December 2023. 

Join us for our Christmas Family Craft Session, where we'll be hosting a wreath making workshop with Islington Adult Community Learning. 

If you'd like to join the workshop RSVP  by text to  Juliete on 07816 116 639 with your name and number of children and adults attending.

Refreshments and materials provided. 

Saturday 2nd December 2023 from 10am to 2pm (Wreath workshop from 10am to 12pm). 

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06 November 2023

Christmas Appeal 2023

Our annual Christmas Appeal for is back for 2023!


You can help us to provide an individual or family with a Christmas gift bag of ‘really useful things’ by visiting our donate page.


Or we welcome ‘in kind’ donations of food & household items, winter accessories, toys and other gifts which can be brought to the centre during office hours (new items only please). 

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01 November 2023

New Activities with Cut Moose!

November / December 2023

Cut Moose are back with a new round of Walking Art and Creative Dinners workshops for November and December 2023!

Head over to our activities page for further details!

Wednesdays from 8th November to 13th December 2023

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30 October 2023

The Affordable Christmas Fair

Saturday 25th November 12-4pm. 


Bring all the family to our festive marketplace, with a jumble sale and stalls selling handmade art & craft items, bric-a-brac, clothes & gifts!


If you would like to run a stall or pitch contact

Saturday 25th November 2023. Entrance 50p. Children free.

25 October 2023

Eritrean Women's Support Group

Starts Wednesday 1st November 2023

Seble returns with a new series of weekly meet ups for women of Eritrean heritage.

Main Hall, Wednesdays from 1st November to 13th December 2023. 12- 2pm

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04 October 2023

Police Ward Panel Meeting

Wednesday 11th October 6-7pm

The Tufnell Park Ward Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team host a meeting of panel members to discuss local concerns and set priorities for the local police team.

Small Hall, Wednesday 11th October 2023 6-7pm

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25 September 2023

Important Information: Parking Restrictions on Community Lane

Due to new parking enforcement rules, we are no longer able to provide general parking at the centre. Vehicles parked directly outside of the centre are at risk of being ticketed, while new parking bays may only be used with a permit.

Please read our parking information page for full details. 

05 September 2023

Sewing Skills: New 10 week course

Note: This is not a drop-in and we are unable to take any new participants once the course in in progress. 


We have a new 10 week course in sewing skills with Coraleen Charles starting on the 21st September!


Both beginners and those with more experience are welcome to join these collaborative workshops where you’ll pick up tips and tricks on mending and making in a relaxed setting. This free course is provided by Islington Adult Community Learning.  

Thursdays 10.00am to 12.00pm for 10 weeks from 21st September (excluding Half Term). Main Hall. Free. 


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07 August 2023

Hilldrop Estate Residents' Drop-In

Estate Champions co-ordinate services on estates experiencing issues with repairs, cleanliness, noise from major works, anti-social behaviour, and other neighbourhood concerns.


If you’d like to discuss an issue of concern please drop in this evening (7th August) between 5pm and 8pm and speak to a member of the team.

01 August 2023

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 3rd October from 7pm

Join us as we review our 2022-23 year and discuss our plans for the future. Meet our board, staff & volunteers and find out more about our services.

RSVP to 0207 607 9453
Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

Please note that nominations for new Trustees must be made to the Chair by 12pm on Tuesday 26th September 2023 in order to be considered for election:


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18 July 2023

Police Ward Panel Meeting

Tuesday 15th August 6-7pm

The Tufnell Park Ward Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team host a meeting of panel members to discuss local concerns and set priorities for the local police team.

Small Hall, Tuesday 15th August 2023 6-7pm

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25 July 2023

Shake-Scene Shakespeare presents:

A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Sunday 16th July 2023 

We'd like to say an enormous Thank You to Shake-scene Shakespeare for freely giving their time and talent to bring A Midsummer Night's Dream to Hilldrop!


Our amazing company of players came from as far afield as Devon, Paris and New York to raise money for our services and treat our audience to a truly unique experience that was thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and supported us on the day. 

View our gallery of photographs by Nikki Wills

If you've enjoyed Shake-scene Shakespeare's performances at Hilldrop & want to see more, make sure you join their Patreon where you can discover more about their unique brand of cue-script performance & get exclusive behind the scenes access. Visit & search for Shake-Scene Shakespeare!


You can also follow them  on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.  

13 July 2023

Win a free group ticket to A Midsummer Night’s Dream this Sunday!

Thanks to a very kind donor we have a free group / family ticket available for Shake-scene Shakespeare’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hilldrop this Sunday!


The ticket is valid for 4 people (must include at least one adult over 18) and the performance is suitable for children aged 8 and above.


For a chance to receive this free ticket please send an email entitled ‘free ticket’ with your name and contact details to, or text same to 07495 518 306 by 5pm on Thursday 13th July.


Entries will be drawn from a hat and one lucky winner notified!

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09 June 2023

Drop in for an afternoon Garden Party!

Thursday 6th July 12pm - 3pm

Drop in for afternoon tea and scones in our beautiful community garden!


Join us as we say thank you to our gardening volunteers for their amazing work and celebrate the creation of our wildlife garden on Community Lane.


Find out more about our centre and how you can get involved in gardening for the community!


All welcome!

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8 May 2023

The Hilldrop Spring Coronation Fair

Our annual family open day was scheduled  a little earlier this year to coincide with Coronation day on May 6th 2023. 


Thank you to everyone who came along to join us for activities, stalls, music and some delicious celebratory food!


View our gallery from the day. 

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17 April 2023

Important: Community Lane Roadworks & Centre Renovations

Due to road re-surfacing works on Community Lane there will be no access to traffic during the week commencing Monday 24th April. Pedestrian access may be granted via Hilldrop Road, but we would advise visitors to use the footpath from Community Lane to access the centre during this period. 


In addition, Islington Council have scheduled renovation works to our Main Hall and attached lobby and rooms, due to commence on Monday 5th June 2023 and estimated to take 2-4 weeks. While these works are carried out there will be no access to that side of the building and activities that cannot be relocated will  be cancelled. 


We apologise for any inconvenience caused during these works. Please visit our information page for further details. 

17 April 2023

Ivinghoe House Tenants & Residents Association meeting. 

If you live in or close to Ivinghoe House (Hilldrop Estate) and would like to join the Tenants & Residents Association, please come along to the inaugural meeting at Hilldrop Community Centre this Tuesday 28th February.

Tuesday 2nd May from 7.00 - 8.00pm. Main Hall. 

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14 April 2023

Join us for a Spring Walk on Sunday 23rd April. 

On Sunday 23 April, we’ll be embarking on a spring walk to explore some of our local green spaces!


Our volunteer gardeners have been developing our own Hilldrop Wildlife Garden to share with residents, and there are many other spaces in development around Islington. To celebrate we're meeting at Hilldrop Community Centre at 11.00am on Sunday 23rd April, where we'll set off on a gentle-paced 5K circular walk taking in a variety of local green areas of interest. 

Our 'Greening the Grey' project is still a work in progress and we welcome donations to help us continue the planting and aftercare. If you'd like to encourage people to sponsor you, you can direct sponsors to our donate page. 


The walk will begin and end at  Hilldrop Community Centre,

Community Lane, Hilldrop Road, N7 0JE


Sunday 23rd April 2023 at 11.00am

Contact:  for more information and to register your interest. 

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11 April 2023

Tufnell Park Police Ward Panel Meeting - Wednesday 26th April.

Tufnell Park Ward Police will hold a panel meeting on Wednesday 26th April from 6 - 7pm in the Small Hall. 


Visit their website to see information on their current local priorities. If you have a concern you'd like to raise you may bring it to the panel, or you can comment on the Twitter account at @MPSStGeorges. 

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06 March 2023

Penderyn Way Tenants & Residents Association meeting. 

​If you live in or close to Penderyn Way and would like to join the Tenants & Residents Association, please come along to their meeting at Hilldrop Community Centre on Tuesday 25th April. 

Tuesday 25th April from 6.30 - 8.00pm. Main Hall. 

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31 March 2023

Vacancy: Fundraising Trustee

We are looking for a someone to join our Board of Trustees who has professional experience of fundraising and

can help us form a vision for the future!

Head over to our Work With Us page for more information and details of how to apply. 

20th March  2023

New: Walking Art Workshops

Four week pilot course starting 26th April 2023

Do you enjoy creative activities while getting out and about? Come along to our Walking Art Workshops with Cut Moose.


Free to Camden & Islington residents. Beginners (new to walking and/or art activities) are welcome. 

Each week there will be a different theme attached to the walk, and activities will include observation, discussion sketching & collage (no experience necessary). You can download the schedule here

Wednesdays from 12.15 - 2.30pm from 26th April to 17th May. Free.

Please arrive promptly to take part in planned walks. 


For more information and to register contact Helen on 07773 760 594 or

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27 February 2023

Ivinghoe House Tenants & Residents Association meeting. 

​If you live in or close to Ivinghoe House (Hilldrop Estate) and would like to join the Tenants & Residents Association, please come along to the inaugural meeting at Hilldrop Community Centre this Tuesday 28th February.

Tuesday 28th February from 6.30 - 8.00pm. Main Hall. 

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20 February 2023

New for March: Creative Dinners!

Starts Wednesday 1st March 2023

Cut Moose invite Islington & Camden families to Creative Dinners! Come and make a meal with the family, play some arty games, and enjoy a free sit down dinner together. Ingredients & refreshments provided. 

Wednesdays from 3.30 - 5.30pm (term-time). Free.


Register by contacting Helen on 07773 760 594 or

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15 February 2023

New Event: Common Ground - Saturday 25th March

Join us for stories, songs & memories celebrating Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp! 


A day of free family-friendly activities with refreshments including a hot vegan soup!


There will be an exhibition, book readings, talks on local causes, information stands, craft activities, willow den building, and an opportunity  to share your own stories of resistance. Everyone is welcome.   

Brought to you by Scary Little Girls & Greenham Women Everywhere.

Saturday 25th March 2023 12pm - 5pm (Willow Den Workshop from 2-4pm).  Free. 

Fully accessible. There will be a BSL Interpreter and an Audio Describer. 


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7th February 2023

Bumps and Babies Meet-up 29th April

Bumps and Babies is a small friendly meet-up for parents-to-be and carers of young children, crawlers and new walkers who'd like to socialise, make new friends and share experiences over coffee and cake.

Entrance fee is £2 per family with tea, coffee and cake provided.

Register here. Brought to you by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT)​. 


Saturday 29th April 2pm - 4pm, Small Hall 

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