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Islington area guide

With beautiful properties, a selection of fantastic bars, restaurants and wonderful scenery, Islington encompasses a true village feel. Looking to move to Islington? - Discover more with Marsh & Parsons area guide.
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Welcome to Islington

Located in north London, Islington is celebrated for its diverse, artistic vibe; some of London’s most famous theatre pubs reside here, including the Old Red Lion and the King’s Head, hosting popular West End productions. Islington is popular among young professionals and families for its restaurants, nightlife, selection of schools and its proximity to central London (and of course Arsenal football team). The area’s residents are proud to have maintained a strong community spirit, despite recent gentrification.

Families are attracted by the area’s many excellent schools, including: St Mary’s, St Mary Magdalene Academy and St Aloysuis’ College, as well as many private schools north of the area in Highgate and Hampstead. Its centrality, coupled with drinks prices position the many bars and pubs of the area firmly on the radar of Londoners.

Islington has attracted a number of celebrity residents, including Sir Walter Raleigh, Boris Johnson, Colin Firth and George Orwell, and Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn.


Property types in Islington

Charles Dickins once described Upper Street as being ‘among the noisiest and most disagreeable thoroughfares in London’, yet the restoration of the area following damage from the Blitz has seen the whole image of the area change. Now a popular residential hub, there’s a range of property types in Islington, many with Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian roots. Along with the magnificent townhouses of the garden squares and tree-lined streets, the area’s most popular properties are period flat conversions. In contrast to the iconic period buildings, there are a large number of high-quality new developments in the area, offering contemporary living and attracting a multitude of young professionals.


Buying in Islington

What will you get for your money?

One-bedroom properties start from around £300,000, through to over £1 million for stunning warehouse loft conversions.

The most popular property type in the area, two-bedroom flats, start at £375,000, but fetch up to £2.3 million for upmarket apartments in the new developments close to King’s Cross and in sought-after factory conversions near Old Street.

Family homes located on or near garden squares and tree-lined streets are rare, starting at £1.2 million in areas such as Arsenal and Holloway Road, and fetch over £6 million in the highly desirable streets surrounding Highbury & Islington and Angel stations.


Renting in Islington

What will you get for your money?

Average studios and one-bedroom flats start at £200pw near Drayton Park and Arsenal, increasing to around £400pw in more central areas near Angel and Highbury & Islington, where these properties are rare. In particular, loft conversions and modern luxury apartments can command prices up to £500pw.

Two-bedroom properties start at around £350pw for well-located, well-maintained properties and can reach as high as £1,600pw for high-end renovated or modern new-build developments and warehouse conversions.

Islington is a popular market for young professionals and families looking for larger properties to rent, as well as students seeking accommodation close to the University of the Arts and Central Saint Martins. Three-bedroom properties in the area start at £450pw, with prices rising to £1,900pw for family homes in desirable areas, and four-bedroom properties rent from £550pw, with this increasing to £3,000pw for townhouses and luxury apartments.


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The notorious arts scene can be enjoyed in the areas many pubs and theatres. Among these is the Old Red Lion Theatre, which originally premiered award-winning West End production, The Play That Goes Wrong. Famous faces such as Jude Law and the cast of Game of Thrones can often be seen enjoying performances here. Larger venues in the area include the Almeida, a renowned theatre which showcases a variety of shows, often starring well-known actors. For film lovers, Screen on the Green is a one-screen independent cinema, where viewers can enjoy drinks and waiter service from their cinema seats.

Islington is renowned as a London culinary hub, with more restaurants than days of the year. New bars and restaurants continue to pop up all over the borough, offering residents and visitors a vast selection of cuisines and styles. Yotam Ottolenghi opened one of his first delis on Upper Street back in 2004, serving Turkish-inspired salads to large daily crowds. Near the top of the road you will find The Sampler, a wine merchant that sells over 1,500 wines from across the world – 80 of which you can try in store. Back towards Angel you can indulge in retro family-style dining at Chinese Laundry or enjoy traditional fish and chips at The Fish & Chip Shop. Alternatively, enjoy a fancier meal at hidden gem Liman Restaurant, which serves mouth-wateringly good Mediterranean and Turkish food. For more relaxed dining, Sunday café in Barnsbury, renowned for its delicious brunch, sees people queuing out of the door at weekends.

Venture towards Regent’s Canal and enjoy a glass of wine whilst taking in the world at The Narrowboat Pub, a two-storey establishment that offers balcony views of the canal as well as water-side seating downstairs. For cocktails, 69 Colebrooke Row is famed for its unique 1950s-style bar and was voted third best cocktail bar in Europe.

There are a number of markets scattered around Islington, with the oldest Farmers’ Market in London hosted every Sunday at Chapel Market, offering cuisines and ingredients from all over the world. If you have a spare afternoon, spend it browsing the antique shops in Camden Passage, where you will also find a bi-weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.


Green spaces in Islington

As one of the leafiest areas in London, Islington has an abundance of neighbourhood parks and open spaces. Highbury Fields is the most popular and largest, boasting several sports courts and an adventure play area. To the north of Islington sits Gillespie Park, an ecology centre where children can discover butterfly and bird species as well as plants.


Islington transport links

There are excellent transport links in Islington, allowing residents to get to central London and the City in under 10 minutes, as well as good, flat cycling roots into the City and West End.

London Underground services include: Angel (Northern line), King’s Cross (Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines), Highbury & Islington (Victorian line), Caledonian Road (Piccadilly line), Holloway Road (Piccadilly line) and Arsenal (Piccadilly line).

Overground services are available at Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, Highbury & Islington and Canonbury, offering access to Clapham Junction, Shoreditch and Stratford. There are also National Rail services at Drayton Park and Essex Road, providing access to Welwyn Garden City and the City.

Local know-how

Location: N1/5/16 & EC1A, London Borough of Islington.


Transport: Served by the Overground, Northern, Piccadilly, Circle, Victoria, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Well connected bus services and flat cycling routes to the City and West End.


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