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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A luxury experience in a modern building

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

Archway can be a challenging place to live in, but the Residents Team and facilities in the building make it easy.

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The Vantage Point Development offers everything you can ask for and an environment conducive to comfortable living.

The facilities are top notch, it’s always a pleasure to see the Residents Team and the services offered (handyman, photocopies, reception of deliveries) are great!

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I am not fond of Archway but it’s an area issue, not an Essential Living issue.

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

Very well, prompt answers and support as soon as an issue arises.

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Thank you for the excellent review! It’s great to hear you are making the most of all the facilities we have to offer 😊

Our little London oasis

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Review Date Sep 2020

We love living here in Archway. Being so close to SO many shops like Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Aldi, Co-op and M&S food- we are spoilt for choice for supermarkets. There are also numerous pubs and restaurants only a short walk away.
We have so many options for travel if we need it. The buses go all over London and Archway station is literally a 1 minute walk away.

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Since moving into Vantage Point in June, my fiancé and I are 100% happier as people. When we enter those main entrance doors downstairs, we enter into our own little oasis. Always greeted by the wonderful concierge, I just love coming home.
The design of the building is beautiful and chic. It feels like living in a hotel!
I personally really enjoy going upstairs to the communal area when I just need a bit of me time or a new place to chill out. The roof terraces are so peaceful and I still can’t quite get over how amazing our views are!!!
We also love having the gym upstairs.
Our home is just beautiful and we love it so much. Our gorgeous big windows in the living room and bedroom are my favourite feature.

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I wish we had moved in a lot sooner!!

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

Whenever we have needed something, our emails are always responded to quickly and promptly. The concierge are the absolute best- particularly Marcia, Raimonda, Felix and Monica. They are absolutely fantastic and always go out of their way to make us feel at home/ look after us.

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‘Little London oasis’ – what a fantastic review! Thank you for all the 5 stars. 😊

Best place i have ever lived

Verified Resident
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Review Date Sep 2020

Vantage Point is located at a perfect position: you’re one lift away from groceries, pharmacies, shops, restaurants, the tube, bus station and everything else. I honestly don’t think it can get better than this. The neighbourhood is lovely and very close to central London too, literally close to everything you need.

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Vantage Point is an excellent building. It has conquered our hearts in so many ways it’s hard to describe:

– The flats are gorgeous! Every piece of furniture fits perfectly in an harmonic and beautiful design, and it’s pretty spacious too! There’s room to fit all your things as there are many drawers all around. The views are extremely worth it, the internet is great, it just feels so great to be at home.
– The building has insanely amazing amenities. From a library, work station, to a rooftop, games room, gym and a place to do parties, every single location is inviting, comfortable and offer incredible views to work or chill. We absolutely love spending time at the common areas.
– The staff is extremely friendly and well prepared. We felt at home instantly when we arrived, and we still feel at home because that’s the atmosphere every single employee creates for the tenants. It’s great speaking to them and they’re incredible helpful.
– The location simple could not be better. We take the lift downstairs and we have EVERYTHING. Shops, groceries, the tube, bus station, restaurants. We’re literally in the center of a lively, pretty great neighbourhood close to central London and close to everything. And even better than this: you won’t even hear the traffic downstairs as the windows on your flat have incredible good acoustic.
– The community in the building is great! People do stuff together, go to parks walk with their dogs. There are many events and things for tenants to meet. It just feels great.

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I can’t think of anything honestly, this building is great.

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

I can’t think of anything honestly, this building is great.

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Thank you for such an excellent review! It’s wonderful to hear you love your flat and are using all the amenities too. 😊

Stylish, easy living – highly recommend

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Review Date Sep 2020

Archway is a transport hub, and so it’s easy to travel to most places in London. In the area there are countless grocery stores a minutes’ walk away. There are some great pubs and restaurants too e.g. Crudough and Hot Wok Kitchen.

Being near a hospital, across you can often hear sirens within Archway, but that’s silenced within the building due to the soundproof windows.

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The building is cleverly laid out. The studios rentals are built to feel more like a one-bed apartment, with ample storage.

The communal areas are big and kept in pristine condition.

The residents team are all lovely people, and are accommodating to any questions you have. The whole place feels very safe and secure.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I’ve lived in Archway for years so I know it well. I think highlighting not only the tube station for transport, but also Upper Holloway Station and the many buses makes it easy to get anywhere in London. Hopefully this will help get people into the area!

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

The bins. Within the flat they’re far too small and limiting, but cannot be removed. Then when taking your own bins to the rubbish collection for the building, they’re often full. Feels like there needs to be more room downstairs, or different drop off points across the building.

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Thank you for the 5 stars! It’s great to see you are making the most of the communal areas, especially the roof terrace. Great picture!

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