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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Excellent

64%

Very Good

28%

Average

7%

Disappointing

0%

Very Poor

1%

Top Rated Developments in Islington

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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Modern Development

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Review Date Nov 2020

some of the interior design looks good, but really diffcult to use

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The interior design of the flat is comtempory and modern. Some of the ironmogery specification is not up to standard. The maintance of the commual space is not on-time, but the porter is friendly and nice. The facilities are well presented, but didn’t maintain very well. The building facade looks awful.

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The commual space maintaince

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the responsble from the management team is abit slow, but the members are nice and helpful.

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Modern, high quality specs – best location!

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Review Date Nov 2020

The area is great! 5 min walk to the underground, 10 min walk to the overground. Its centrally located with lots of shops as well as a starbucks and costa! Who can say no to that? You are also surrounded by different supermarkets: lidl, iceland, sainsburys and tescos all in close proximity. As well as the post office! I can find nothing wrong with the location.

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The design is super modern and the quality is very high end! It is always super clean and the concierge is lovely. Only downside is that the gym is still not ready which was something we’ve been looking forward to.

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The move in process was quite smooth. I wish I knew how efficient the energy (electricity and heat)is!

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

I haven’t had any problems thus far, but they seem like lovely people!

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Would recommend others to buy. But a short review won’t tell you much obviously. Do your own research.

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Review Date Nov 2020

The area isn’t very scenic, but is 10-15 minutes’ walk from the main part of Islington, and 20 minutes walk from King’s Cross, which all have good restaurants. Transport links are great.

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The designs are on the whole good. I have the misfortune of living in a ground floor apartment, with floor-to-ceiling wooden patio doors which open inwards, with the door handle too close to the glass pane to fit a supplementary frame for perfect-fit blinds, making it near impossible to find suitable curtains for those. Apart from that annoyance, almost everything else works well. Building management is generally good. Only other annoyance is that you’re not allowed lodgers, according to the leasehold agreement. But nobody will find out if you have a lodger, unless one of you acts like an imbecile by throwing wild parties for example.

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The development is next to a special needs school. They can be noisy sometimes, and throw things over the wall, even smashing a window at one point. But this is being dealt with, and shouldn’t be a problem in the future.

What is the best feature of your home:

My apartment is in the quietest corner of the development.

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Great place to live!

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Review Date Nov 2020

All the shops are close by, as well as the train station.

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The flats have a modern minimalist design which is very soothing especially when working from home. The concierge handles all the packages which is very convenient when Im not at home. The hallways are always clean and odour free. The flats are well isolated from noise pollution, which helps maintain a friendly relationship with the neighbours.

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I wished I knew there were so many developments going on around the place.

What is the best feature of your home:

The heated flooring keeps my feet warm when I crawl the nights to the fridge.

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