Islington

A Guide to Living in 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.

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

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

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

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Great place

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Excellent transport links. Good access to a wide range of supermarkets. Lots of pubs and restaurants near by.

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Well designed, appealing block. Good insulation as can barely / never hear neighbours. 24 concierge is good for security and for receiving parcels etc. Property management company can be slow to get back to you if you have an issue. Good community sprit in the block, great place to live.

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Seven sisters road can be a bit dodgy later on in the evenings

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Any problems that we have raised they have dealt with them.

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Great Location and friendly community

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Like: It’s a great area in terms of accessibility.
Dislike: Seven Sister road can be a bit dodgy at times

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We have a concierge that can collect deliveries 24/7 and its a very secure building. The design is quite modern and building management are on top of any changes that are needed. There is alos secure car parking and a good community group that makes sure everyone in the building is looked after.

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Seven sisters road can be a bit dodgy in terms of the local people that are on it.

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

Yes our queries have always been answered and attended to.

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Be careful buying at this property – threats, abuse and dishonesty by property management company at Dance Square

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Great central location, close to the City

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Be careful when buying property from Mount Anvil and in particular at this location (or any others managed by Silvertown Properties). Mount Anvil transferred freehold to Dance Square flats to a shell company which awarded contracts to members of Residents’ Association and refuse to allow residents transfer property to one another.

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That the freehold would be transferred by Mount Anvil to a property management company where the owner and his fellow directors engage in dishonest practices, threatens and abuses residents through his lawyers and seeks to unjustly enrich himself at the expense of the residents.

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Location, great transport links, communal garden, nearby restaurants

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All fine

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Nice area near shops and tube, however quite dirty due to Mcdonalds round the corner

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Nice property however not well taken care off, quite a lot of problems with hot water, dog shit in comunal areas, bicycles chain in non allowed spaces, bis store really dirty with hundred of flies, and security is never around.

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That there was no concierge service to my building and the building next to mine inside the same development was allocated to council housing

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Thank you for your review. I’m pleased to learn that you are happy with the property, but disappointed that you are unhappy with the services / upkeep provided. We believe that the scheme is well maintained, but I am happy to discuss any concerns that you may have in order that we can provide you with the best possible service. Please feel free to contact me on 0208 825 1909 or by emailing solvita.hadaj@a2dominion.co.uk ”

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