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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Sterling way

Review Date Jan 2021

The location is perfect for shops and basic necessities. There are a variety of choices.

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The commute is the reason you would want to stay here. The apartments are rightly furnished. The facilities are lacking.. the concierge service is good to receive your parcel while you are away. The complex apparently had a gym planned but its not in operation yet.

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My flat mates. Like who they were. The fact that we do not have a common area

What is the best feature of your home:

Caledonian Station is 1 min away. The whole flat consists of high ceiling .

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Mono Tower

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Review Date Dec 2020

Development well located by Shoreditch park and in between angel and old street stations

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Great facilities with 24hours concierge (accept deliveries of any parcels you may have), underground storage for certain flats and very well maintained hallway and corridors. If issue with lift etc. addressed very quickly by the management team in the building

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Quite a lot of building work around the development

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

The building management are very responsive when an issue arises (online portal to report issues)

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Overall it is very good

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Review Date Dec 2020

great accessibility but few restaurants nearby.

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Overall it is very good, but the maintenance efficiency in the later period needs to be improved. The signs of water leakage on the roof of the house have not been maintained for three months after reporting the problem.

The overall appearance is very modern, concierge is responsible and friendly.

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Surrounding infrastructure

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Hope there is more storage space. Windows can be installed on the balcony guardrail to seal or prevent rain.

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An honest review :)

Review Date Nov 2020

Very accessible, many grocery stores nearby. However, more recreational facilities needed (i.e. residential gym etc.)

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The overall area around the development is decent. For students, the nearby grocery stores like Tesco, Sainsbury’s’, NisaLocal provides easy access to supplies. The added organic grocery store which offers vegan alternatives is also a plus. This means that the area caters to those who are vegetarian or vegan as well. One other positive about the local area around the development is that down Caledonian road, there are many cafes and restaurants which makes it easy to get access to delicious meals when one is not up for cooking. The overall building management is decent, nothing to complain about but nothing to brag about either. The design is simple and functional. However facilities for residents needs improving, a gym needs to be built for the residents as to make the total amounts paid worth it. Overall a decent living experience.

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I wish I knew that there wasn’t going to be a gym.

What is the best feature of your home:

It is very spacious and the balcony offers residents a good bit of fresh air… in London.

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