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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Review Date Oct 2021

Vantage point is a fantastic apartment with lost of local shops, restaurants. It is a very convenient place and park available.

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Lovely apartment! Everyone I met here is friendly and kind, the reception and everyone who works at this apartment is nice and responsible. Thank you very much to a nice staff member named Michelle who responded to my email and decided to rent this apartment to me. Here is pet friendly, which means you may meet some cute pets:)

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I like ‘build to rent’ which means you do not need to deal with real estate agents.

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They are so nice and patient to answer the question.

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New modern properties in north London

Review Date Oct 2021

Location is close to Finsbury park tube station. Not a very safe area, but lots of infrastructure around, including groceries, bars and restaurants.

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A modern, well-designed building with good facilities. Concierge service is very helpful, especially in terms of automated parcel delivery notifications. Although the lock was broken in my apartment when I arrived, the building company was quick to arrange a specialist to fix it.

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No services apart from concierge and residential bin area are offered

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Although the lock was broken in my apartment when I arrived, the building company was quick to arrange a specialist to fix it.

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Very good development – Amazing location and great rooms

Review Date Oct 2021

The area of this development is almost excellent. Next to the tube, just 2 mins away walking, 25mins walking from Kings Cross. 3 supermarkets (Tesco express size) in just 2-3 mins walking and the larger ones just 15mins away. The only minus is that there aren’t many bars/restaurants in the range of 10-15 mins away.

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Very good development. The design is very good but it could be better. The rooms are very good, nice size and very good arrangement of stuff. Some rooms may be a bit darker than others but I am not in this case. There is a gym on the ground floor which is large and not many people go, so that is very good too. The management is very good and helpful to any problems that may occur.

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nothing came as a surprise, the landlord was very clear

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Immediate response, they were very helpful to send people to fix any issue.

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New development in good condition, good services and facilities.

Review Date Oct 2021

Several green spaces around, excellent transport links, convenience and local shops close by, good proximity to city centre.
Semi-busy and loud road (student hall next door), although station close by parts of main road a bit dodgy

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New development in good condition, good services and facilities. Some extra safety measures such as second building door however tenants are unable to unlock it from the flat. This would not be a problem if concierge service was available 24/7. Also balconys flooring poor and not fully covered when it rains. Kitchen has too many appliances in it, hardly any storage space.

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Hardly any storage in the living / kitchen area, need to purchase or ask for extra storage cabinet

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Management has been very responsive and has attended to our issues promptly.

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