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 around the Highbury area, and throughout Islington there is a wealth of high-quality modern apartments. 

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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. Of particular note are family-run Frederick’s has been serving modern European food to locals since the 1960’s, and Yottam Ottolenghi’s (featured) chic and casual Islington post, which grabs flavours from around North Africa and the Middle East. A short walk away is Granary square with numerous stylish restaurants including Indian Dishoom, one of London’s best.

There is no shortage of things to do in the evening. As well as countless pubs and bars, such as the award-winning cocktail bar 68 Colebrooke Row, the area houses some of London’s most popular theatres, including Sadler’s Wells and The King’s Head Theatre.

Green spaces & recreation

Highbury Fields 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. F45 gym on St Alban’s place is popular with an extensive list of gym classes.


Islington boasts excellent transport links to the City: Angel and Old Street stations are served by the Northern line, and Caledonia Road and Highbury & Islington stations are served by London Overground and the Victoria line, respectively. Islington is close to the Eurostar at St Pancras for easy weekends away.