Having been a popular excursion destination for Londoners attracted to its rural atmosphere in the 17th and 18th centuries, Islington’s agricultural landscape quickly gave way to a surge in property development in the 19th century. As well as large residential properties, this development also included theatres and music halls, which attracted artisans and professionals to the area.
Although social conditions declined soon afterwards and the Blitz destroyed part of the district, Islington’s post-war gentrification has transformed the area into one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods today.
Victorian and Georgian properties line the pretty squares and tree-lined streets, particularly around Angel. Conversion flats can be found throughout Islington and there is a wealth of high-quality modern apartments.
Islington is well-served by a vast number of state schools, such as St Mary’s and Thornhill. The area also boasts some academies, such as St Mary Magdalene Academy (featured).
Upper Street and Islington High Street are packed with a variety of restaurants, from the fine-dining Almeida to Yottam Ottolenghi’s (featured) casual Islington outpost. Frederick’s has been a popular family-run restaurant in Angel for almost 40 years.
There is no shortage of things to do in the evening. As well as countless pubs and bars, such as 68 Colebrooke Row, the area houses some of London’s most popular theatres, including Sadler’s Wells (featured) and The King’s Head Theatre.
Highbury Fields (featured) boasts 30 acres of sports facilities and playgrounds and the New River Walk is an historic stretch of water which follows the path of a 17th century aqueduct that connects Islington with Hertfordshire