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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Very Good

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Average

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Disappointing

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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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Great place to live!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2022

Great place to live. Transport is perfect, apartments are quite. Couple of small issues, you need to check your exhaust fan is installed the right way, otherwise you have to replace the ceiling in the bathroom to fix. No parking is also not ideal but one side of the station is very safe. Homeless people outside, but you get that everywhere and they only bother women occasionally.

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The actually apartments are so nice. Windows block out noise. The concierge staff are so friendly. M&S and Picture House just downstairs. It’s great. It is a beautiful design, the east side is a little lacking but the west side lobby is amazing. Cycle stores are great. There are thefts occasionally so get a great lock.

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Great gardens and pavilion area, amazing views.

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Getting a fob is a little difficult, also I have had a fault with the toilet and we are in the third month of trying to fix this

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Problem solving

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Review Date May 2022

I think the transport and shipping are very convenient, and enough cafe and restaurants to choose, but the tastes are not very good.

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1. Please reduce the noise from ventilation system in bedroom.
2. Please keep the waste tube working all the day.
3. Reception’s service is good
4. Facilities in common room are not very clean and heating not work
5. Waste bin always full, and smells bad

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More introduction about thermostats

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Responses are very quick, stuff can solve the problem at a short time

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The house design is pretty good

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Review Date May 2022

There are lots of shops and restaurants so it is pretty convenient. Also, the downstairs is archway station so the transport location is decent. In a word, everything’s perfect!

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The house design is pretty good: 2b2b. Facilities are also in a good condition, once there are some problems appeared, there would be stuff to help you solve it.The only bad thing is that the drill in the kitchen sometimes it is easy to block. The reception stuff is pretty friendly.

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The heating system. It’s hard to operate because once u turn it off it turns into default mode and needs the stuff to set.

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It’s pretty fast responding and once we report some problems they are willing to help us

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Amazing – can’t recommend enough!!!

Verified Resident
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Review Date May 2022

Great location, right next to Archway tube stop! Also, everything you need in terms of shops, pubs and parks are all within a quick walking distance!

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The building is fab, can’t recommend it enough. The communal spaces are great and always kept tidy. The communal spaces are also great to WFH in if you like. The building is very modern and the flats are beautiful. The residents team are amazing and can’t help you enough, always lovely to stop and chat to! Love everything, can’t recommend the building enough.

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It’s easy enough to bring a van with all of your stuff in, park in the basement and then use the lift in the basement to bring up all of the stuff to the flat.

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

I had an issue with the extractor fan when I moved in and someone came up to the flat to take a look the same day to help. No other issues aside from that!

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