N1 Islington

The borough of Islington comes from a very humble beginning. Having started as a workingmen’s neighbourhood, the area has risen to become one of the most prestigious London postcodes, now home to celebrities, politicians, members of the upper class and young professionals.

Walking through Islington reveals an eclectic mix of architecture. There are council flats next to mansions and, in-between, what used to be inns and social housing have been turned into pubs, wine bars and boutiques. In addition, the area has good connections to the rest of London via multiple tube services and bus routes.

A favoured activity for locals is to wander through its many gardens, more specifically through the Georgian gardens of Barnsbury Square. There are stretches of streets that are filled with unique restaurants and bars that have an alternative atmosphere, and some great music venues such as Union Chapel, a Grade I listed building that is still a working church but hosts musical acts during the weeknights. During the weekends, the prams come out in force and young families can be found either strolling through the shops or getting cosy with a roast in one of the many good pubs of the area.

The property market in N1 Islington

  • Just 15 years ago, houses and apartments were purchased by teachers, medical workers and young professionals. Today the area is becoming an important commercial property hub, in addition to a growing luxury residential property market. This area of London has a growing market of commercial property on sale. In addition, houses are priced well beyond the £1,000,000 mark and are purchased by successful young professionals and creatives.
  • A two-bedroom property can start at around £600,000 and be a great London property investment as it only likely to increase. Three-bedroom properties can easily reach £1,000,000 and a house overlooking Highbury Fields will start at £5,000,000.
  • Slightly more affordable than areas like Notting Hill, Chelsea or Marylebone, Islington has seen a steady increase in well-off locals selling up west and trading for more space in the borough.

Three insiders tips for N1 Islington

GET – a cocktail at 69 Colebrook Row, a small cocktail bar. Only a short walk from Upper Street on an Islington backstreet. It is where the bar wizard Tony Conigliaro came to be known across the city for his interesting cocktails.
DO – walk through the Chapel Market during the weekends near Angel tube station.
SEE – a film at The Screen on the Green, sipping on a glass of Sauvignon while lying on a sofa.

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