Welcome to Hilldrop

Our normal office hours are Mon-Fri 10pm-5pm.  


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. 

Inquiries: office@hilldrop.org.uk or 0207 607 9453.

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


Read our Annual Report 2020-21


04 July 2022

CANCELLATION: St George's Police Ward Panel Meeting

We're sorry to announce that tonight's St George's Ward Police Panel Meeting has been cancelled.


Follow their Twitter account at @MPSStGeorges or visit their website for info on future meetings, or you have a concern you'd like to raise.

29 June 2022

Vacancy: After School Club Play Worker (part-time)

We are seeking an experienced Play Worker to join our Play Project team in managing our After School Club collections and play activities.

Please visit our Work With Us page to download a full Job Description and Application Form

Closing date for applications: 19th July 2022

Interviews will be held between the 25th July and 4th August

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22 June 2022

Thank You!

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to our Jubilations Summer Fair & Parade on 1st June and made it such a lovely day! 


Special props to our amazing volunteers, caterers, entertainers, decorators and everyone who helped us prepare, and especially the children for the amazing effort and imagination they put in to their spectacular costumes!

View our Jubilations gallery!


21 June 2022

Events: Health & Wellbeing Fair and Shakespeare at Hilldrop!

Head over to our Events page to find out more about our upcoming free Health & Wellbeing Fair on Saturday July 2nd.


We're also delighted to tell you all about our very special fundraising event on Sunday 4th September when we'll be hosting Shake-Scene Shakespeare's open-air performance of Romeo & Juliet in our community garden!

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20 June 2022

School Summer Holidays & Centre Closure

The following activities will be taking a break while the Summer Holiday Playscheme runs in our Main Hall from 25th July to 19th August: Stay & Play, Sewing & Craft, Lunch Club, Artistic Takeover, Bengali women's meetings, Ukelele practice and Choir Practice. 

The centre will then close to the public for 2 weeks from the 20th August to 3rd September. Only the following member-only activities will be running during this time: Little Kickers, Olokoro group, AA meetings and the Kingsley organisation's disability support group. 

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18 May 2022

Join our Jubilee Summer Fair & Parade on Wednesday 1st June! 

Join us for a Jubilee Parade on Hilldrop Road, a Tea Party on Community Lane & an International Supper in our lovely gardens!


We’re inviting kids & families to wear crowns & fancy dress for our Jubilee Parade and bring decorated hobby-horses, trikes & scooters!

We'll be holding a Family Craft Day on Saturday 28th May for anyone who wants to join us in making crowns, hobby-horses, costumes and decorations!


Find out more or our Events page and get involved! 

Wednesday 1st June 2022 from 3pm to 8.30pm

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14 April 2022

New Gardening Workshops!

Check out our Gardening page to find out more about our programme of  workshops taking place over the summer term, including our upcoming Soil Health session on Thursday 21st April and our Urban Bees talk on Saturday 30th April!

Our gardening workshops are free to attend and open to all. Beginners welcome!

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29 March 2022

Easter Update

The following activities at Hilldrop will break for the Easter School Holidays:


Stay & Play, Sewing & Craft, Lunch Club, Artistic Takeover, Ukelele practice & the

Camden Harmony Singers choir. Little Kickers sessions will take place in the nearby MUGA court, weather permitting. 

The Easter Holiday Playscheme will run in the Main Hall from Monday 4th April to Thursday 14th April. The centre will then close from Good Friday 15th April  to Easter Monday 18th April.


Note: Our Monday Surplus Food Stall has now closed.

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28 March 2022

Goodbye Humpty (for now)!

We say a sad but temporary goodbye to Debs and the Humpty Dumpty Singalong as she takes a break from her Friday sessions to focus on other commitments. 


Debs will continue to plan sessions as time and venue availability allow, and we recommend following her Facebook page for news on future activities!​

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14 March 2022

Summer Events - Save the dates!

Jubilations - Our Summer Fair celebrates Jubilee week!

This year we plan to host our biggest annual Summer Fair yet during Jubilee week! On Wednesday 1st June we're planning a children's Parade on Wheels on Community Lane and we'll be opening up our grounds for all to join us for music, stalls, street food, prizes and kid’s activities!


Wednesday 1st June from 3pm to 8.30pm

Summer Health & Wellbeing Fair 2022

We're also planning another Health & Wellbeing Fair on Saturday 2nd July, where we'll be offering  therapeutic activities, advice on healthy living, workshops, arts & crafts and delicious healthy foods to sample!


Saturday 2nd July from 12pm to 4pm


​If you'd like to be involved in either event please contact elaine@hilldrop.org.uk.

Visit our Events page for more info, or download our guide to Spring & Summer activities from our What's On page. 

10 February 2022

Celebrating the life of Ann Mbachu

It was with enormous sadness that we learned of the passing last November of our much loved friend and colleague, Ann Mbachu. Ann had a long association with Hilldrop Community Centre, as a playworker, volunteer, fundraiser and founder of our long running Ukelele group. She cared deeply for the community she was at the heart of and we will miss the warmth, wit and energy she brought to the centre and all those who knew her.


On Saturday 19th February Ann’s family and friends will host a celebration of her life here at Hilldrop Community Centre after her memorial service. Those of you who knew her and would like to pay your respects are welcome to join us at the centre from 2pm onwards to share memories and toast her inspirational life.

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1 February 2022

Stay & Play: Speech and Language Therapy Special 

On Monday 7th March Seema Acharaya from Bright Start’s Speech & Language Therapy team will join our Stay & Play group to share advice on supporting good communication development in children. ​Seema 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.

Our Stay & Play sessions are free and run on Mondays & Wednesdays between 9.45 and 11.15am. Parents may register on arrival, however if you would like to attend this special session please let us know by emailing office@hilldrop.org.uk so we can have an idea of numbers in advance.


14 January 2022

New Online Workshops: Quilting for Radical Change 

Online presentations on Quilting and the stories of resistance and resilience that are sewn into them. Find out about its history and uses in keeping us warm and preserving our memories and culture. Be inspired to join us in creating our own community quilt! 

These free online classes will take place from 6 - 7.30pm on Thursdays 27th January, 10th February & 10th March 2022.​

To book please email: hcdt@islington.gov.uk

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14 January 2022

New Events: Super Soup Week & The Common Thread 

Check out our new Events page and join us for our free Soup Week event on Tuesday 25th January.

Then on Saturday 29th January our friends from St George's Mutual Aid group will be hosting a free social event at the centre celebrating our community bonds and the wonderful work of our local volunteers. 

All are welcome!

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14 January 2022

Gardening: Greening the Grey for 2022!

We're excited to announce that we've successfully secured funding from the Mayor of London's Grow Back Greener Fund & Islington Council to 'Green the Grey' on Community Lane! During 2022 we're transforming the end of the old car park into a wildlife friendly green space with fruit trees, hedgerows and raised beds for community growing.


Watch this space to find out how you can get involved and join our team of volunteers in Greening the Grey!

Our weekly Gardening session returns on 27th January 2022.

Thursdays 12 - 2pm (term-time). Free.​

Contact: elaine@hilldrop.org.uk

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October 27, 2021

New! Mend & Make Workshops with Relish Embellish Café

The Relish Embellish Café presents a series of free workshops tackling fast fashion and its environmental impact. We'll give you the practical skills to repair, alter and transform clothes & textiles, giving them new life and reducing waste. From shopping smarter and re-using what’s in your wardrobe to buying and selling pre-owned goods, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need. Suitable for all skill levels with equipment provided.  

No need to book, just come along. Our Lunch Club immediately follows the session and participants are welcome to stay for a free healthy cooked lunch!

Tuesdays (term-time) from  Autumn 2021 through Spring 2022

10.00am to 12.15pm. Small Hall. Free​

Contact: elaine@hilldrop.org.uk

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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 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 aged 10-12yrs!


The workshops 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 6pm.

Autumn 2021 through Spring 2022. 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

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May 21, 2021

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. 

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

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 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!