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353 Upper Street
London
N1 0PD
United Kingdom
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Living in Islington

Islington is a thriving community full of bustling high streets, dense with restaurants, theatres, cinemas, excellent transport links and magnificent housing stock. There are fabulous parks, famous sights and it is home to many of the capital’s finest night time venues.

Islington is a thriving community of bustling streets dense with restaurants, theatres, cinemas, excellent transport links and wonderful period and contemporary architecture.

The borough of Islington comprises five distinct areas, Angel, Barnsbury, Canonbury, Highbury and Clerkenwell, each with their own character and eccentricities creating an eclectic and dynamic neighbourhood.

Clerkenwell is one of the most historic, creative and culturally rich districts in London; with Clerkenwell Green at its heart, it was once known as ‘Little Italy’, its warehouses are now design agencies and magazine headquarters while factories are home to some of the best restaurants in London, including St John, Moro, Bistro Loubet, & Club Gascon.

Clerkenwell has also provided the setting for many Charles Dickens novels; Oliver Twist first saw the 'Artful Dodger' in action whilst pick pocketing gentlemen who were browsing at a book stall in Clerkenwell Green.

Angel is the heart of the borough with Angel Tube station at the junction of City road and St John Street. Upper Street and Islington High Street are a paradise for the avid shopper with Chapel Market, Angel Central and Camden Passage offering something for everyone.

Historically, Islington had long supplied the City of London with water and the building of the Regents Canal in 1820 led to the construction of the headquarters for The New River Company - the predecessor to today’s Thames Water. Either side of the Regent’s Canal sit the stunning terraced houses of Vincent Terrace and Noel Road. While, on the canal itself, are moorings for a cornucopia of narrow boats, which celebrate yearly at The Angel Canal Festival. Angel was also home to the famous playwright Joe Orton (1933-67) who lived at 25 Noel Road from 1960.

Barnsbury lies to the west of Upper Street and is characterised by elegant Georgian properties, Victorian Squares and the charming streets around Thornhill Road. This beautiful part of the borough is extremely popular, with gastropubs such as the Drapers Arms on Barnsbury Street and The Albion on Thornhill road having become almost an institution for local residents.

Families are well catered for with local children enjoying Barnard Park Adventure Playground, in which children can play in a safe environment. There is also a football and basketball pitch, and firepit as well as an amphitheatre and arts and craft classes.

Canonbury sits between Essex road, Upper Street and Cross Street and is made up by the beautiful network streets adjacent to the New River Walk, which dates back to 1613 (The waterway was constructed to bring fresh drinking water from River Lea, from Amwell Springs, into London itself).

This picturesque enclave and the streets around Alwyne Road (1848 onwards) are almost entirely residential with Canonbury Square, Canonbury Park North and South and Grange Grove some of the most desirable in the area.

The proximity to the shops of Upper Street, transport connections at Essex Road and Highbury & Islington, yet the relative calm of its location make it very popular.

Highbury is for many the ideal family location with excellent recreational facilities on the 27.5 acres of Highbury Fields, which house a swimming pool, tennis courts, children’s playground and open parkland.

Highbury Barn lies just past the Clocktower at the end of Highbury Fields (constructed in 1897 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria). With its village-like atmosphere and shops such as La Fromagerie, the butcher Frank Godfrey, the friendly Italian Deli Da Mario on hand to supply delicious, artisan fare, Highbury Barn is, for many, the opposite of the hustle and bustle of Upper Street and Angel. The area offers a complete range of properties - from grand terraces and splendid semi’s to more modest houses and subtle contemporary developments. Highbury is also the home of Arsenal with the Emirates Stadium on Drayton Park and the original site now converted into luxury apartments.

History

The London Borough of Islington of today was created in 1965, when the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Islington and Finsbury were united making Islington the third smallest local authority in the capital, covering an area of just over six square miles.

The borough was badly damaged during World War II and in 1944, a V-1 destroyed Highbury Corner, that once housed an impressive station and hotel.

Post World War II rebuilding and later gentrification has transformed the area into one the most popular districts of London, with many well known actors, writers and politicians calling Islington their home.

The property types available in Islington are extensive, however, Georgian classical architecture dominates the area with its beautiful proportions and symmetry. There is, of course, a great deal of Victorian housing available; an excellent example of this is the Gothic revival inspired architecture of Lonsdale Square and St Pancras Chambers (Kings Cross). Islington has also seen a huge increase in new developments using modern materials and construction techniques.

Whatever it is you are looking for, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

Places of interest

  • Sadler’s Wells (Rosebery Avenue)
  • O2 Academy (N1 Centre)
  • Angel Central
  • Screen on the Green (Upper Street)
  • Estorick Collection (Canonbury Square)
  • Emirates Stadium (Northern Triangle Building)
  • Business Design Centre (Upper Street)
  • Highbury Fields
  • Camden Passage Antiques
  • Exmouth Market

Local authority

London Borough of Islington
222 Upper Street
London
N1 1XR
020 7527 2000 www.islington.gov.uk

Taxi/chauffeur/ luxury car hire services

Angel City Cars
49 Upper Street
Islington
London
N1 0PN
0207 226 8828

Addison Lee
0207 387 8888

Excel Executive
0207 536 7181

  • Islington is easily accessible from across the capital and further afield
  • M40/A40/A501 from the West, M1/A1 from the North, A13/A1202 from the East, and A2/A100/A10 from the South

Rail

  • Angel is on the Bank branch of the Northern Line. Angel can also be reached via Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line, Great Northern and Overground services to Canary Wharf via Canada Water), Essex Road station (Great Northern) with services to Moorgate, Canonbury Road (Overground), & Drayton Park (Great Northern)
  • St Pancras International provides high speed Eurostar services to continental Europe, whilst Kings Cross serves routes to and from the north and east of England and Scotland, connecting to cities such as Cambridge, Peterborough, Hull, Doncaster, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness

Air

      • The Heathrow Express rail line runs directly to London Paddington Station. From here, taxi or Underground to Angel
      • The Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. From here either Taxi or Victoria line Underground to Highbury & Islington Station
      • The Stansted Express to Liverpool Street Station. From here either Taxi or bus to Angel
      • City Thameslink from Luton Airport to Kings Cross St Pancras, either taxi, bus or Underground

Schools

Across the borough there are 44 primary schools and one academy providing both primary and secondary education. There are eight secondary schools and three schools for children with special educational needs. Some of the key local primary schools:

  • William Tyndale Primary School
    Upper Street
    London
    N1 2GG
    0207 226 6803
  • Thornhill Primary School
    Thornhill Road, Barnsbury
    Islington
    London
    N1 1HX
  • Canonbury Primary School
    Canonbury Road
    London
    N1 2UT
    0207 226 5020
  • St Joan of Arc
    Roman Catholic Primary School
    Northolme Road
    Highbury Park
    London
    N5 2UX
    020 7226392
  • St John's Highbury Vale C of E Primary School
    Conewood Street
    London
    N5 1DL
    0207 226 4906

 

Bars and Restaurants

  • Fredericks Restaurant
    Contemporary European
    Islington
    London
    N1 8EG
    0207 359 2888
  • Café Gallipoli
    Turkish & Labanese
    102 Upper street
    London
    N1 1QN
    020 7359 0630
  • Mem and Laz Brasserie
    Mediterranean
    8 Theberton Street
    London
    N1 0QX
    020 7704 9089
  • Duke of Cambridge
    Gastropub
    30 St Peter's Street
    London
    N1 8JT
    020 7359 3066
  • The Elk in the Woods
    European
    37-39 Camden Passage
    London
    N1 8EA
    020 7226 3535
  • Moro
    Moorish
    34-36 Exmouth Market
    London
    EC1R 4QE
    020 7833 8336
  • Almeida restaurant and bar
    30 Almeida Street
    London
    N1 1AD
    020 7354 4777
  • The Albion
    Gastropub
    10 Thornhill Road
    Islington
    London
    N1 1HW
    020 7607 7450
  • The Drapers Arms
    Gastropub
    44 Barnsbury Street
    London
    N1 1ER
    020 7619 0348
  • The Crown
    Pub 
    Islington
    London
    N1 0EB
    020 7837 7107
  • Duchess of Kent
    Pub
    441 Liverpool Road
    London
    020 7609 7104

Hospitals and Medical practices

  • Whittington Hospital
    Magdala Avenue
    Holloway
    London
    N19
    020 7272 3070
  • Angel Medical Practice:
    34 Ritchie Street
    Islington
    London
    N1 0DG
    0207 837 1663
  • City Road Medical Centre
    City Approach 190-196
    City Road
    London
    EC1V 2QH
    020 3316 8570
  • Highbury Grange Medical Practice
    1-5 Highbury Grange
    Islington
    London
    N5 2QB
    020 7226 2462

Theatres and cinemas

  • Sadler’s Wells Theatre
    Rosebery Avenue
    London
    N1
  • Almeida Theatre
    Almeidia Street
    London
    N1
  • Old Red Lion Theatre
    St John Street
    London
    EC1
  • Little Angel Theatre
    Dagmar Terrace
    London
    N1
  • Screen on the Green
    Upper Street
    London
    N1
  • Vue Angel Centre
    Islington High Street
    London
    N1
  • Odeon
    Holloway Road
    London
    N19