Islington

Islington is a borough of many faces. Its mish-mash of neighbourhoods each have their own distinct personality, from the urban bars and pubs of Angel to the chintzy antique stores of Camden Passage. Its properties have many guises, too – there are in-the-thick-of-it luxury apartments, and period townhouses sitting shoulder to shoulder on sleepy backstreets. Read on to discover more about the Islington area, as well as, quotes from residents living in some of the best places in Islington.

 

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Best places to live in Islington

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Residential development next to canal in Islington

Best of both worlds

Islington is less than 10 minutes from the capital’s centre, so it’s perfect for those who want to be close to the action, but still enjoy the peace and quiet associated with London’s outskirts. This is an area of wooded bicycle trails and sweeping parkland – Highbury Fields and Gillespie Park, in particular, come highly recommende.

Islington transport

The area’s serviced by multiple tube and train stations. From Angel, residents can get to Bank in just five minutes, and London Bridge in seven. Similarly, the Victoria line from Highbury & Islington can whisk commuters to Oxford Circus in seven minutes. While the Overground connects to Clapham Junction, Shoreditch and Stratford.

“Fantastic transport links in one of London’s most prestigious suburbs.” – A property professional on The Pad, N7

New Flats in Islington

Foodie draws

For top-notch dining, Islington occupants can stay put. These parts are packed with restaurants serving around-the-world cuisines. Try Upper Street for both cutesy independent eateries and well-known chain varieties, dishing up Italian, Japanese, Turkish and Mexican specialities. Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market is brilliant for regional plates and fusion fare. And if you’re cooking at home? Trawl Islington Farmers’ Market for quality slabs of meat and fish, fresh herbs and veg and gorgeous cakes and pastries. Plus, stop by Grange Nursery for seasonal blooms for the table.

Shopping scene in Islington

When a little retail therapy is on the cards, Islington comes up trumps. Its namesake high street is best for book shops, delis and clothes boutiques, while big brands can be found in the Angel and Nag’s Head shopping malls.

“Just a couple of blocks away from Canonbury Cross is Upper Street, a myriad of independent bars and pubs as well as high street stores and boutiques.” A property professional on Canonbury Cross, N1

Boys playing guitar outside old houses

Local entertainment in Islington

The borough’s big on culture, as well. Try the Almeida for world-class theatre, and the Pleasance for little-known comedy acts tipped for big things. There’s also the Islington Arts Factory – a community centre for inspiring classes like reggae aerobics, pottery and tai chi. The centre’s celebrated for its exhibitions, which showcase local artists’ sculptures, paintings and photography.

 

Quotes from the HomeViews community on some of the best places to live in Islington…

“Waterside strolls, lazy weekend brunches, cocktails and vintage shopping – it’s all on the doorstep.” – A property professional on Hoxton Press, N1

“A mish-mash of family-friendly cafés and glamorous restaurants.” – A property professional on Xchange Point, N7

Reviews in Islington

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Good building, no good management

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Review Date Sep 2022

Lovely area, mc donalds can get a bit busy of people a night but mainly a safe place to life

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Music at late night on weekdays from neighbours and packages being stolen more than ones, emailed the agency and got NO response. I cant send deliveries to my own house anymore, no one reply my emails complaining about it so really disappointing for a place like this

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That i will have noises at night and deliveries stolen

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They didn’t answer my emails about the problems that we ve got

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High End visually, low end in reality

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Review Date Sep 2022

There are 2 Co-Ops which provide the essentials, Angel is a 10 minute walk away where there are major supermarkets for larger shops.
Good bud connections and northern line is very regular.

Downsides are that the block has a number of inconsiderate tenants who like to play music into the early hours with their doors and windows open – even midweek.
Another major issue is theft within the building, we have had multiple packages stolen and have heard of other neighbours having packages taken from the communal post area.

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Not much natural light depending on the way your apartment faces.

Building management are quick on addressing items that need fixing but couldn’t care about your safety and well-being in the block. Nothing has been done about the noise late at night and no cameras or security measures put in place to aid in preventing further thefts in the building.

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I wish I had known how problematic this high end block would be. I’ve lived in multiple modern new blocks and have never had to deal with so much noise, anti social behaviour and lack of help from the management team

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No. One chap came to identify the flat from where the noise was coming from, nothing followed

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Recommended development

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Review Date Aug 2022

Close to Caledonian Road station and many bus stops. Different options for supermarkets (Caledonian Road and Holloway Road). No traffic noise since the building doesn’t face Camden Road

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Building includes an internal courtyard with a garden.

Flats are very well designed. Underfloor eating is ver efficient. Every flat had a big balcony.

Mechanical ventilation system ensures air cleanliness

Property management is very effective. Neighbours are great

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Ensure the developer can pay the stamp duty for you

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

There’s an email distribution and call center. Very responsive

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Quiet yet convenient

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Review Date Aug 2022

There are convenient public transport around the development, including many bus routes at doorstep, walking distance to Caledonian Road Station on the Piccadilly Line, and Tufnell Park tube station on the Northern Line.

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Ada Lewis House is a nice development. It is in a quiet location on the corner of Camden Road and Dalmeny Avenue, away from traffic noise, yet not far away from all the shops and bus and tube connections.

The building has a pleasing appearance. There is also a beautiful private garden

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How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I think the building management need to respond faster to residents

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