Islington area guide

Islington area guide

Just a stone’s throw from the City, Islington is a thriving and fashionable area that has a lot to offer its residents. From excellent transport links to an abundance of theatres and many local markets, Islington really does have something for everyone. Islington draws in City workers as a result of its prime location, fine period properties, smart restaurants, shops and boutiques. If you’re looking for animated nightlife, quirky shops and a short commute into the City and the West End then Islington could be the place for you.

Local amenities in Islington

Islington High Street and Upper Street are packed with great independent shops. Here you can find everything from seductive home accessories at Abigail Ahern to the latest fashion trends at Paper Mache Tiger. The Camden Passage Market has been supplying Londoners with collectibles and bric-a-brac for over 50 years and is always busy with bargain hunters at weekends. There are several large supermarkets in Islington, including a Sainbury’s, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer all of which are on the same short stretch of Liverpool Road. Islington has several libraries, many of which have free Wi-Fi and reading groups for children and adults. Islington also has several exercise areas, such as public sports courts in Highbury Fields and branches of popular gym chains, like OrangeTheory Fitness on Upper Street.

Food and drink in Islington

Home to more restaurants than days of the year, Islington is well known for its excellent eating and drinking scene. Offering everything from elegant French brasseries such as Bellanger on Islington Green to chic cocktail bars like Laki Kane on bustling Upper Street, Islington has something to satisfy any craving.

Entertainment in Islington

The notorious arts scene can be enjoyed in Islington’s 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. Larger venues in the area include The Almeida Theatre, a renowned theatre which showcases a variety of shows, often starring well-known actors. For film lovers, Everyman Screen On The Green is a luxurious single screen Edwardian moviehouse where visitors can enjoy the in-cinema bar serving food and drinks and a choice of comfy cinema seats.

Transport in Islington

Islington boasts superior transport links offering flexible and regular travel into Central London and beyond. With Angel tube station minutes away, commuters have easy access to the Northern line and the rest of the underground network. Commuting is a breeze, as the Victoria Line provides rapid connections between Islington and Central London. Other Islington travel links include overground trains (stopping at Highbury and Islington and Essex Road), with routes to East and West London. Residents can also choose between ten daytime bus routes and four night buses.

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, offering 29 acres of open space, tennis courts, football pitches, and a pool. The ever popular ParkRun, a 5km weekly timed run free to all, also runs from here. Between Upper Street and Essex Road is Islington Green, the perfect spot for a sunny lunch break. There are also a number of nature reserves in Islington, Gillespie Park and Barnsbury Wood being just two of them. Regent’s Canal can be found just off the main roads, offering peace and tranquillity, and a leisurely stroll down to Victoria Park.

Education in Islington

We understand how important your child’s education is to you. If you are new to Islington, we can advise on available properties within a particular catchment area. Islington has a good choice of schools; the majority have good or outstanding reports from Ofsted.

Council information for residents of Islington

Islington is represented by Islington Council and every home in the borough is in one of eight valuation bands (A to H). These bands are based on the market value of your home in 1991.

Below is a simple breakdown of the costs that cover a financial year – that’s April to April.

Your bandMarket value of your home (April 1991)Islington CouncilMayor of London (GLA)2019/20 full council chargeDirect Debit 12 monthly instalments
A Up to £40,000 £779.44 £213.67 £993.11 £82.76
B £40,001 tp £52,000 £909.35 £249.29 £1,158.64 £96.55
C £52,001 to £68,000 £1,039.25 £284.90 £1,324.15 £110.35
D £68,001 to £88,000 £1,169.16 £320.51 £1,489.67 £124.14
E £80,001 to £120,000 £1,428.97 £391.73 £1,820.70 £151.72
F £120,001 to £160,000 £1,688.79 £462.96 £2,151.75 £179.31
G £161,001 to £320,000 £1,948.60 £534.18 £2,482.78 £206.90
H £320,001 and above £2,338.32 £641.02 £2,979.34 £248.28

Fun facts about Islington

  • Canonbury has Islington’s only remaining Tudor building, Canonbury Tower, which housed Thomas Cromwell (Henry VIII’s Lord Privy Seal) from 1533 until he was executed in 1540 for treason charges
  • Islington is the most densely populated local authority in England, with 13,875 people per square km, almost 3 times the London average
  • The Kings Head Theatre and Pub in Islington is the first pub theatre founded in England. It has been in existence since the days of Shakespeare
  • Angel tube station is home to the longest escalator in London, and third longest in Europe, at 60 metres long with a vertical rise of 27.5 metres
  • Islington was one of the first London Boroughs to receive fresh water which came via a 40 mile canal from Hertfordshire until 1990 when it was replaced with deep mains

If you are looking to buy, sell, rent or let a property in Islington please visit our Islington team in our Cross Street office, located between Upper Street and Essex Road

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