- Transport links
- Schools and services
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
Introduction to Islington
Islington is one of the more charming areas of Northern London. A combination of urban facilities, with leafy lanes, and stunning period Georgian architecture. A very affluent area, very popular with young professionals, who see Islington as being the definition of their successful lives. Always noted as one of the more elitist areas of the City of London, modern Islington retains this reputation. It is refined and charming, a true urban oasis.
Islington is also very close to Camden, which means that it is very well situated for shopping, nightlife and entertainment. And being only 10 minutes from the centre of London, it is the ideal place to commute from. There are a number of entertainment venues in Islington, including theatres and music halls.
And although Islington does not have a proper green space for local residents to enjoy, the streets are often wide, and lined with trees. A very open, pleasant place to live, and wonderful in the summer. Overall, Islington is the perfect place to live if you enjoy refined urban life.
Islington House Prices
Islington is an area with a growth in house prices. In 2015, the average price for an apartment/flat was a little over £600,000. Terraced properties went for an average price of £1,400,000, and detached properties, although rare in Islington, averaged just over £2 million.
Transport links in Islington
The closest London Underground station to Islington is Angel. This is on the Northern Line in Zone 1. It is only 10 minutes in to the centre of London using the tube from this station.
Highbury & Islington Station is in Zone 2, and sits on the Victoria Line, with links out towards the edges of London.
As far as overland trains go, Islington is on the Thameslink Great Northern service, linking to Old Street and Moorgate, but not at the weekend.
Over 20 separate bus routes run through Islington, with links out to many areas of Greater London. There are also two night buses.
Schools in Islington & public services
Parents in Islington are spoiled for choice when it comes to schools. There are no less than 50 schools in the area. Although many are private schools.
St Mary’s and St Mary Magdalene Academy are the two most popular schools for primary aged children. St. Aloysius College for boys continues to be a popular choice is a noteworthy option for older male children.
Islington High Street is packed full of top quality shops. Everything from High Street staples such as Boots the Chemist, to high priced, unique designer label boutiques. Camden Market is also very close by, with its famous range of bric-a- brac, cut prices fashions, and trendy bargains.
Restaurants and Bars in Islington
Nightlife in Islington is diverse, both in budget and quality. Islington has everything from world class theatres, to cozy British pubs. Also, being close to Camden, residents have easy access to one of the most vibrant areas of London for nightlife.
Bars/Pubs: There are a couple of notable bars in Islington that are something special. The Castle Pub has a lovely terrace on the roof, wonderful in the summer. For something trendy, try 69, a cocktail bar that gets very busy at the weekend. The Compton Arms and Charles Lamb are both good, solid English pubs.
Restaurants: Eating out in Islington offers a massive range of options. Everything from world class fine dining, to fast food favorites. For lovers of French Food, Le Mercury is a fantastic choice. Great food, at very reasonable prices. For fine dining, in British style, Almeida is a great choice. Often listed as one of London’s top restaurants, this one is hard to beat. There are also many smaller, ethnic restaurants including Chinese, Japanese, Indian and some of the best Turkish food to be found anywhere in London.
Other Entertainment: Islington is a fantastic location for those who enjoy the arts. The Kings Head Theatre, first opened in 1970, has grown to be one of London’s most respected new venues. It was the first pub/theater in London for over 100 years. For something a little more upmarket, check out Tower Theater, with its major productions. Overall, there are so many options for enjoying the arts in Islington, that no other area of London can really compete.