Overview

Islington, a district famed for its blend of vibrant shopping areas like Angel and serene Georgian squares, continues to draw a diverse crowd. Its recent surge in popularity sees people eager to secure a spot in this dynamic area. Whether it’s exploring antique treasures, indulging in global cuisines at Exmouth Market, or enjoying a cocktail in a hidden bar, Islington offers a rich tapestry of experiences. Despite its proximity to central London, it retains a strong community feel, with unique shops, bustling arts scene, and a property market brimming with both new developments and period homes.

Notable Facts

  • Angel station boasts the longest escalator across London’s Underground network.
  • Distinguished residents have included Tony Blair, Colin Firth, and George Orwell.
  • Islington’s inclusion in Monopoly traces back to historic meetings at Lyon’s Corner House.
  • It was the first borough in London to be supplied with fresh water from Hertfordshire via the New River.
  • Key suffragettes, such as Emmeline Pankhurst, were imprisoned at Holloway prison.

Architectural and Property Scene

Islington transformed from rural landscapes to bustling urban streets with Victorian terraces during the 19th century. Despite historical challenges and wartime damage, the area has flourished, now showcasing a mix of contemporary and period architecture. Georgian homes and early Victorian terraces are highly sought after, with a mixture of 20th-century flats and modern apartment blocks reflecting the area’s ongoing development.

Lifestyle and Leisure

Cuisine

Upper Street is a culinary haven, from the original Yotam Ottolenghi eatery to the family-run Frederick’s. Exmouth Market is famed for its international flavors, including the renowned Italian Santore and the Spanish tapas bar Morito

Pubs and Bars

From rooftop drinks at The Castle to unique cocktails at 69 Colebrooke Row, Islington caters to all tastes.

Arts and Theatre

Home to esteemed venues like the Almeida and The King’s Head Theatre, Islington is a hub for drama and dance enthusiasts.

Art Galleries

The Estorik Collection presents exquisite early 20th-century Italian art within a picturesque Georgian setting.

Amenities and Shopping

Islington’s High Street and Upper Street offer a blend of unique boutiques and high-street brands, alongside the historic Camden Passage antiques market. The area boasts ample supermarkets and the vibrant Islington Farmers’ Market, with plenty of parking for a hassle-free shopping experience. Libraries, gyms, and outdoor fitness options are plentiful, ensuring residents have access to a variety of recreational activities.

    Green Spaces

    Despite its urban character, Islington surprises with lovely parks and green spaces. Highbury Fields offers extensive recreational facilities, while Gillespie Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The New River Walk provides a scenic route for walkers and history buffs alike.

    A Time of Transformation

    Islington is witnessing an exciting phase with new residential developments like the Wenlock Building and Queensland Terrace. The regeneration around Kings Cross and the debut of Islington Square introduce new social spaces, blending traditional charm with modern innovation, attracting a wave of young professionals and international students.

    Transportation Links

    Tube Connections

    Angel station, on the Northern Line, and Highbury & Islington, offering quick access to central London and connections across the city.

    Train and Bus Services

    Efficient local train services and extensive bus routes ensure Islington is well-connected both day and night.

    Cycling

    With flat terrain and numerous bike-share stations, cycling is a popular and convenient way to navigate the area.

    Educational Landscape

    Islington boasts a wide selection of primary and secondary schools, including academies and a free school. The area is known for its educational quality, from St Mary’s Church of England to St Mary Magdalene Academy, and provides access to prestigious private schools in nearby districts, catering to families seeking comprehensive educational options.

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