Islington

Mingle with the city's movers and shakers in this stylishly self-conscious north London neighborhood.

Islington grew from humble beginnings. What started as an overcrowded London suburb transformed into a neighborhood of high-class status—Islington is now a destination for celebrities, socialites, and fast-paced professionals. Buildings that began as inns and defunct social houses have since been reimagined as fashionable gastropubs, wine bars, and boutiques. Islington offers another perk—getting to and from this stylish neighborhood is simple via its bus lines and nearby tube stations.

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On the Map

Islington is within LB of Islington and bordered by St. Luke's, St. Pancras, Canonbury, De Beauvoir Town, Kings Cross, Clerkenwell, Bloomsbury, Shoreditch, LB of Hackney, and LB of Camden

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 35 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 30 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 81 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 17 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 32 minutes on the tube

A Trendy Neighborhood In an Intimate Setting

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Islington's fashionable inclinations keep the neighborhood trendy without going over the top. Set against a backdrop of narrow alleys and wide boulevards, this savvy London location keeps up with the times.

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Though the neighborhood owns a reputation for being smashingly dashing, street markets like the daily Chapel Market maintain its down-to-earth appeal.

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Islington might not boast as much green space as some of its neighbors, but it makes the most out of its petite public squares.

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And public triangles. Triangularly-shaped Islington Green serves as a popular gathering place to avoid the noise of nearby Upper Street.

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Make us swoon.

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The main street, Upper Street, is lined with lovely coffee shops, designer shops, antique and junk shops to rummage in and classic English pubs to sample a pint of traditional ale."

High Style on High Street

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Independent shops and stylish boutiques inundate Islington's High Street.

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It's easy to spend days exploring this many stores.

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Famous for its nightlife, buzzing Islington offers an impressive choice of entertainment, from bars and restaurants, to renowned theatres such as the Almeida and Sadler’s Well Dance Theatre. Several live music venues are also close by, like Union Chapel, O2 Academy Islington and The Garage."

Pub and Restaurant Culture

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Without its pubs, bars, and restaurants, Islington would appear empty.

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Casual places to eat, drink, and meet line Islington's commercial corridors.

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In some neighborhoods, a restaurant like Byron would be considered shabby.

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In Islington, it's considered shabby-chic.

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The Angel area which is considered to have the best selection of restaurants and bars in London."

When Daytime Fades and Night Begins

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If you prefer wine culture to brew culture, then sip on a glass of fine Sauvignon while watching a movie on a sofa that isn't yours. The Screen on The Green shows mainstream, art house, and classic films.

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If you're in the mood for dancing, The Old Queens Head Pub spins tunes every Saturday night.

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Wine and DJs still don't suffice? Arrive at 'Round Midnight and be greeted with the smooth sounds of Jazz and Blues.

Seclusion in the Side Streets

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Upper Street and Essex Road may always be hopping, but their side streets tell another story.

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Calm and serene, Islington's streets are quiet escapes filled with well-kept homes.

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They're so peaceful, you'd believe you were miles away from the activity of Islington's core.

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Photography

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After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja traveled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

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