Welcome to Hilldrop


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 check individual pages for information on our activities.

If you have an enquiry please email office@hilldrop.org.uk or leave a message on 0207 607 9453. 


Due to  local engineering work we're occasionally experiencing outages effecting our phone lines. If you're unable to reach us by phone please email general inquiries to office@hilldrop.org.ukor if you have an inquiry about the Play Project, email iola@hilldrop.org.uk


October 7, 2021

Stay & Play: Speech & Language Therapy Special

We’re delighted to have Seema Acharaya from Bright Start’s Speech & Language Therapy team join our Stay & Play group on 13th October to share advice on supporting good speech, language and communication development in children. She will also be sharing her expertise in identifying specific speech, language and communication needs, and how parents can find the right support for their children.

If you would like to attend this free session please let us know by emailing office@hilldrop.org.uk so we can know numbers in advance.


Wednesday 13th October 9.45 - 11.15am, Large Hall 

Sept 23, 2021

Online AGM: Tuesday 2nd November from 7.00pm

Our Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday 2nd November from 7.00pm.


If you would like to join the meeting lease RSVP to office@hilldrop.org.uk to receive your Zoom invitation. 

Download our Annual Report 2019-20

Sept 6, 2021

The Artistic Takeover returns!

We're delighted welcome Cut Moose back to the centre with a series of brand new free multimedia workshops for young creatives!


The workshops, split into two age groups (10-12yrs & 12-16yrs), will cover film making, video editing, theatre and performance making, collaborative games, photography, puppetry, storytelling and creative writing. Activities will be designed in collaboration with participants. 

Wednesdays from 4.30 to 5pm (10-12yrs) & 5pm to 6pm (12-16yrs) starting 15th September. Free. Please note that parental consent is required for participants

Contact: info@cutmoose.com

July 26, 2021

Thank you!

We'd like to thank everyone who took part in our Summer Fair on Saturday 24th July. The day was about celebrating our amazing neighbourhood and the wonderful new friends we've made over the past year, and thanking them for their tremendous support for each other and the wider community. The generosity of our donors, volunteers, partners and local businesses played a vital part in adapting our Food Hub service to help as many people as possible during the COVID crisis. 

A special thanks to our wonderful volunteers, cooks, stall holders, crafters, performers and activity co-ordinators for giving their time and enthusiasm for this event, and to everyone who came along and contributed. We couldn't be more proud of our community and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

View our gallery

June 7, 2021

Stay & Play re-opens

Our Stay & Play sessions are now open again offering free play for Under 5's led by a Level-3 Childcare worker. Parents may register on arrival, but please respect any queuing or hygiene measures we have in place. Our Toy Library is also open and families can borrow from a variety of toys & books for up to two weeks. 

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9.45 - 11.15am, Large Hall (term time only)

May 21, 2021

NEW! The Knitter Knatter Knitting Club

Our new knitting club is for beginners and old hands alike!  Set in a relaxed atmosphere where people can share a cup of tea, make friends and learn a new skill, the group will allow space for social distancing while COVID restrictions are still in place. It starts on Tuesday 8th June and will run for 6 weekly sessions between 10.30am and 12pm. 

Enquiries: elaine@hilldrop.org.uk

6 weekly sessions starting Tuesday 8th June from 10.30am to 12pm. Free. 

Try the online course

We're also running an online knitting course with Islington council - there will be six weekly sessions running from Friday 28th May (10.30am - 12pm). People are welcome to sign up to both courses. 

Enquiries: hcdt@islington.gov.uk

May 10, 2021

The Wishing Tree Family Workshop

Little Angel Theatre have created an exciting project for families to help develop a new show! 'The Wishing Tree' is an interactive exhibition of 6 trees that will visit community centres & schools. We’re inviting families with children aged 5-11 to a FREE workshop here at Hilldrop to help develop the show’s content – from character design & creative writing to arts & crafts. Participants will get free tickets to the show this summer!


Workshops run on Saturday 22nd May at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm– book your place here. 

Enquiries: LauraH@littleangeltheatre.com

Saturday 22nd May. Free. 

April 24, 2021

Elaine Maffrett receives Mayor's Civic Award

Congratulations to our Centre Manager Elaine on receiving a Mayor's Civic Award in recognition of her outstanding work in transforming our centre and developing the Food Hub to meet the changing needs of our community. The Awards, presented by Mayor Cllr. Janet Burgess, honour Islington's unsung community heroes and volunteers for their hard work and dedication during what has been a difficult year for many. 


We're incredibly proud of what Elaine's achieved and we'd like to thank everyone who's supported us on this journey, from volunteers (including our tireless mutual aid colleagues), donors & partners, to staff, trustees, and of course, our amazing community for making it all possible!

April 21, 2021

Little Kickers Are Back!

We're delighted to welcome Little Kickers back to the centre to deliver their award winning football skills training for Under 5's!


Sessions run on Thursdays from 9am to 11am (term-time) in the Main Hall and/or our neighbouring MUGA court.


Find out more on our Under 5's activities page, or pop into the centre on Thursday morning for a chat with our Coach. ​

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