Why Islington is the place of choice

By : Nick Marr

If you like your London living to be authentic, vibrant and full of great places to eat and drink, Islington is likely to tick your boxes, according to West Hampstead estate agents Paramount Properties. Situated in the heart of Greater London, it’s a melting pot of cultures, cuisines and nightlife which is just a short ten minute journey away from the centre of the capital. Offering everything from the bustle of Angel to green space and grand Georgian squares, it’s an area that has something for everyone.

Islington has become increasingly popular over recent years, and the diversity of its cafes, shops and residents is one of the key selling points that make it so attractive to everyone from budding musicians and artists to financiers and young families. With a multitude of markets, cocktail bars and antiques stores it has a thriving property market and it’s been home to a number of famous faces including Colin Firth, Lily Allen and Boris Johnson.  Despite its close proximity to the centre of London, it has a strong sense of community and an almost village-like feel to it. People are friendlier here than in some other parts of the capital, and there’s plenty to occupy the whole family.

Originally an agricultural area, Islington was transformed into an industrial area throughout the 19th century and until recently, its reputation was far bleaker than it is today. Overcrowding and poor living conditions led it to become one of the less desirable areas of London, but over the past few decades it’s gone from strength to strength and is now one of the hottest locations the capital has to offer.

Today, Islington has a reputation for being a great place for trendy professionals and with all the cultural events and activities on offer it’s easy to see why. The Everyman Screen on the Green is one of the oldest cinemas in the country, built in 1913 and still standing after two wars it shows a great selection of movies from black and white classics to the latest box office hits. Take a walk down Upper Street and you’ll find a tantalising selection of vintage goodies, artisan food and hand-made items fit for the most discerning lover of glamour and style. There are comedy clubs, coffee houses and bars galore, all brimming with fashionable clientele enjoying a sophisticated night out.

Nationwide skip hire, Proskips said “Islington is a great place to live. It has some great schools, good food and exciting nightlife- and with the average property price currently at around £750,000* it’s a more affordable option than other popular areas.”

*prices correct as of July 2016