Just a stone’s throw from the City, Islington is a thriving and fashionable area that has a lot to offer its residents, from excellent transport links to an abundance of theatres and many local markets. Islington draws in city workers as a result of its prime location, fine period properties, smart restaurants, shops and boutiques. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the more expensive areas in which to live in London.
The best of Islington:
• Islington is rich in culture, with four theatres in the area. The Almeida Theatre just off Upper Street is among the capital’s foremost venues, producing its own plays.
• Home of Arsenal FC, The Emirates stadium in Hornsey Road is deemed one of the most breath taking stadiums in the world, hosting national and international fixtures and music concerts.
• Upper Street, the lively central hub of Islington has an excellent blend of high street and independent shops and a variety of bars and quality eateries including the original Ottilenghi restaurant.
• Islington has ample markets - Camden Passage is home to the famous London antiques market, Chapel Market offers a variety of deli, bric-a-brac and clothing stalls and on Sundays there is the Islington Farmers’ Market
• The largest park in Islington, Highbury Fields, provides locals with a tranquil refuge from city life. It has excellent facilities including 11 tarmac tennis courts, a children’s playground and water play feature, a café and a designated picnic area.
Is Islington for me?
Islington has a mix of residents from bankers and lawyers attracted by its close proximity to the City, to wealthy young couples, plus students and younger residents drawn in by its excellent social and cultural scene. It also has a number of council homes. It is predominantly a built up area, with just a handful of green areas.
Islington has a good choice of state schools, the majority have good or outstanding reports from Ofsted.
For state primary schools this includes St John Evangelist RC in Duncan Street (N1), St Andrew's
(Barnsbury) Church of England in Matilda Street (N1) and Our Lady and St Joseph Roman Catholic in Buckingham Street. There is also Grafton Primary in Eburne Road (N7) and Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Holloway (N7) and the Hungerford Primary School and Children's Centre in York Way (N7).
State secondary schools in the vicinity include St Mary Magdalene Academy (N7) and nearby Highbury Fields (N5) and Highbury Grove 9N5). There are also a number of colleges in the area.
Islington is in transport Zones 1 & 2. One of Islington’s main selling points is its excellent transport links to the City.
Tube: N1 residents have a choice of three tube stations; Angel (Zone 1) on the Northern line, Highbury & Islington (Zone 2) on the Northern line and nearby Caledonian Road on the Piccadilly line.
For N7 residents, there are Caledonian Road and Arsenal stations (both Zone 2) on the Piccadilly line as well as Highbury & Islington (Zone 2) on the Northern line and nearby Tufnell Park (Zone 2) to the west of Islington, on the Northern line.
Trains: Overground stations serving Islington include Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, Highbury & Islington and Canonbury, on the Richmond/ Stratford route, as well as connecting routes to Shoreditch, Canada Water & Croydon.
Highbury & Islington offers direct trains to Moorgate and Shoreditch, and Canonbury has direct trains to Shoreditch.
Buses: There are multiple but routes connecting Islington to London including the 4 (to Archway or
Waterloo), 19 (to Battersea Bridge or Finsbury Park), 38 (to Clapham or Victoria), 43 (24 hr service to Friern Barnet or London Bridge) and the 205 (to Paddington). There are also a number of night buses.
For further information on Islington’s transport links, visit the Transport for London website (www.tfl.gov.uk)
Islington generally has clean and tidy streets and well maintained homes. Properties are a mix of
Georgian and early Victorian terraced houses and cottages. There are also a number of 1950s and 1960s flats and some council estates, particularly within the N1 area. Many families tend to settle in the area long term, meaning that there can be a shortage of properties for sale. There are also a number of modern canal-side flats.
Islington Hill falls under Islington council borough. The annual 2016/ 2017 council tax rates for Islington are listed below:
Band A: £864.10
Band B: £1,008.12
Band C: £1,152.13
Band D: £1,296.15
Band E: £1,584.18
Band F: £1,872.22
Band G: £2,160.26
Band H: £2,592.30