The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Islington
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A significant southern area of central London, Islington is a popular inner borough playing home to some well known political players and football club Arsenal and their emirates stadium. Formed in 1965 under the London Government Act 1963, the borough remains the second smallest borough in London but still one of the most popular.
During World War II, Islington sustained heavy bombing, which saw much of the district destroyed. Since starting the rebuilding, Islington has become a hotspot for lively community living, where a range of different eateries, shops and bars can be found alongside a lively cultural scene which draws in families due to their impressive school selection. Truly offering something for everyone, Islington is a favourite of many that visit.
What is the population of Islington?
According to the Islington council, the borough is home to an estimated 236,000 residents, with a slightly higher population of men (51% of the population) compared to women.
Crime in Islington
CrimeRate reports that Islington is one the top 5 most dangerous boroughs in London, with a higher than average crime rate of 106 crimes per 1000 people. The Islington crime rate is higher than the national average for the UK (96.4 crimes per 1000 people) and is 17% higher than the crime rate of London (87 crimes per 1000 people). The higher chances of crime make Islington part of the top 10 most dangerous cities and the 422nd most dangerous location in the UK.
High Crime Rates in Islington
Some areas in Islington are more crime prone than others, Finsbury Park, Bunhill and Caledonian are among the areas with the highest crimes rates.
1. Finsbury Park
Theft, antisocial behaviour, and violence are among the most common crimes here. Due to the mixture of different outdoor live music events, retail establishments and bars, Finsbury Park is a hotspot of activity that unfortunately plays hosts to crime.
Close behind Finsbury Park in terms of crime, with crimes such as theft and anti-social behaviour common here.
Living in Islington
In this section we answer all questions regarding living in Islington and what everyday life is like.
House Prices in Islington
According to Zoopla, the average price for a property in Islington is £848,710, which is a 5.79% value change compared to the last 12 months.
How Much Does a Detached House Cost in Islington?
The current average value for a detached house in Islington is £1,952,110. Detached houses in Islington have seen a 5.07% (£94,123) price increase in value compares to the last 12 months, which is great if you are looking to sell your home but not so if you’re looking to buy.
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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Flat in Islington?
To rent a flat in Islington, you can expect to pay on average £2,190, according to Home.
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The Cost of Living in Islington
The cost of living in Islington is 49% higher than the national average, according to the Economic Research Institute. Due to its convenient transport links, the cost of transportation is said to be one of most affordable in the country, whereas other necessities such as food, housing and health care are said to be very high and less affordable.
What Neighbourhoods in Islington are the Best?
Canonbury and Barnsbury are often the neighbourhoods in which people argue are the most popular within Islington, with no one seeming to agree which is better. Generally, if you are looking for houses from the Georgian or Victorian era, you can find a wealth in Islington.
If you are looking for more modern housing, Regent’s Canal, City Road and Wenlock canal basins are home to some new developments in the area.
Islington Transport Links
By far the most popular way to travel in Islington is by train. Only 4 miles from central London means the residents of Islington are well connected and have a wealth of commuting options at their fingertips.
As a Zone 2 area, there are multiple different train stations which offer links to many nearby destinations. Reach Welwyn Garden City and Hertford North in just 40 minutes and a host of other locations across London with the underground routes.
With bus services into the capital and surrounding areas, traveling by bus is another option for commuters who are looking to get to work in central London. You can also find a range of night buses available for those who work the nightshift or are just enjoying the local adjoining amenities.
To help encourage two wheel commuting Islington Council offer a range of cycling incentives, such as the free Bikeability cycle training for both adults and children, to encourage this eco-friendlier mode of travel. Likewise, there are multiple cycle paths and routes through Islington and nearby Hoxton.
If it is by car you wish to travel, then you want to make sure you stick to the 20mph speed limit, as Islington was one the first place in the UK to introduce the lower speed on side roads eventually expanding to most of the main roads too.
The A1 runs through the heart of Islington offering easy access to London and connections to the M1 motorway. Should you find yourself on the A501 London Inner Ring Road make sure you carry change as this will cost you a free even though the A501 is not actually within the London congestion charge zone.
Where is Islington’s Closest Airport?
The closest airport to Islington is London City, which at only 7 miles away is a 20 minute drive with good traffic, however the recommended airport is always London Heathrow or London Gatwick due to their much larger size and flight options. Both of these larger airports are only 35 minutes away with good traffic.
What are the Schools like in Islington?
Families are very fond of the Islington area as it is home to a number of well ranked schools. Most schools within Islington have received a ‘good’ rating from Ofstead, however schools such as William Tyndale and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School for girls are rated ‘Outstanding’.
The most sought after primary schools in Islington are William Tyndale Primary School and City of London Primary Academy which have received an ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted due to their impressive teaching standards and practices. Other schools such as Thornhill Primary School and St John Evangelist RC Primary School are also highly rated and sought after by the families of Islington.
Home to a range of academies, independent schools and specialist schools, Islington has a wealth of educational institutes to choose from. The City of London Academy, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School and Central Foundation Boys School (all catering for children aged 11-16) have received ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted and offer a high level of education.
Similarly, The Bridge Integrated Learning Space provides specialist SEN education for those aged 7-19 that have severe learning difficulties and/or Autism.
City, University of London
Home to over 20,000 students, City, University of London is right in the centre of action with a campus in central London and Islington. Referred to affectionally as City by its students, staff and alumni, The Complete University Guide ranked City as the 52nd best university in the UK for 2022, with The Guardian placing ranking them within the top 100 in 2021.
As a city university, there is a wealth of university and private student accommodation across London, but usually first years attend city will stay in one of the hall of residence which are in walking distance of the University campuses and trains stations for easy links to nearby cities and home.
In this section, we discuss everything possible to do in Islington if your there for a visit, on a business trip or just looking for something to do!
Staying Overnight in Islington
Choosing the right hotel can make or break a trip, whether somewhere to crash after a day of adventures or somewhere to relax on a business trip, here are our top 3 picks of where to stay in Islington.
Hub by Premier Inn London King’s Cross Hotel
Super sleek, super modern and right in the middle of all the action, it’s no surprise that this hotel has received the Traveller’s Choice 2021 award and has over 2,700 reviews! With an overall rating of 4.5, and a walker rating of 100 out of 100, this hotel is perfect for everyone, no matter what your stay.
In the rooms, find large double beds with touch screens that allow you to control the rooms lighting and temperature, all from your fingertips.
South Place Hotel
Home to a Michelin star restaurant, this hotel sits in a buzz of activity and offers comfortable rooms with a touch of luxury. Rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor but over 1,500 people, this hotel is a great base for those looking to be able to walk to local attractions and amenities.
The Zetter Hotel
Another winner of Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2021 with over 1,022 reviews, The Zetter Hotel is rated 4.5 Stars and offers a convenient location for those looking to be central to all the action. One unique thing about this hotel is that it was build by eco activist and is designed to be more eco-friendly than the standard hotel. Another great of feature of this hotel is that they offer free to hire bikes on a first come, first serve basis.
The Top 10 Things to Do in Islington
- Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum
- Emirates Stadium
- The Charterhouse
- Sadler’s Wells
- Wesley’s Chapel & Museum of Methodism
- London Canal Museum
- The Museum of the Order of St John
- Whitecross Street Market
- Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
- King’s Head Theatre
Visiting Islington with Kids?
If you are visiting Islington with kids, it can be hard to know what to do, especially when the kids are a variety of ages. Read what you should do with the kids in Islington below!
The Top 5 Things to Do with the Kids in Islington
- King Henry’s Walk Adventure Playground
- Little Angel Theatre
- The London Canal Museum.
- Highbury Fields
- Plonk! Islington
For Younger Children: Little Angle Theatre
The only purpose built puppet theatre in London; Little Angel Theatre provides shows for all ages but is especially popular with younger children. Find yourself immersed in coloured sets with wonderful characters as they go on their adventures. Shows run everyday apart from Monday and you can book tickets here.
For Children Aged 6-13: King Henry’s Walk Adventure Playground
An adventure playground that’s free for children between the ages of 6 and 13 where they can not only create their own mini adventures but can also spot some of the local Islington wildlife. Parents can rest easy and just relax as children as supervised at all times by playworkers of the playground. Find out more about the playground here.
Fun for the Whole Family: Plonk! Islington
7 crazy holes with dips, turns and loops that will keep the whole family entertained. Children and adults can play up to 5pm daily and enjoy the crazy theming of the mini golf course. Find about more about Plonk! Here.
Shopping in Islington
Heading towards Angel, just off of Upper Street is the gem Camden Passage. If you are a thriftier or are looking for something edgy, vintage and at a steal this is place you want to visit. Down this passage you can find an abundance of vintage shops, designer hotspots and high street shops to allow you to shop till you drop! Make sure to stop by when they are holding their weekly antique market and you may find something that catches your eye.
If you are looking for even more choice, then head into central London for a day of heavy shopping. Find big brand names and department stores like Harvey Nichols and Harrods just a short tube journey away.
Grabbing a Bite to Eat
If you are looking for something to satisfy your appetite, 12:51 is the hottest spot in Islington. Inspired by the song of the same name by The Strokes, the vinyl’s on the walls and the scuffed up tables make this place edgy chic and hide away some of the best food in London. A new British, Scottish, Caribbean fusion offers flavours and combinations with are fresh but not overpowering.
Afghan Kitchen, a long standing local favourite, offers real comfort food that has served the residents and visitors of Islington for quite a while. Simplicity is key here in the décor as the food speaks for itself, with vibrant flavours and multiple dishes to try we suggest going with a few friends so that you can mix and match all of the different taste sensations.
With a modern, hipster vibe, Bababoom Islington, offers Middle Eastern cuisine with a twist, bring good food to London. With big portions, plenty of flavour and a world of sensations, this is a place to experiment with new foods and discover a new favourite.
Top 10 Places to Eat in Islington
- Afghan Kitchen
- Bababoom Islington
- Brother Marcus Islington
- Four Legs at The Compton Arms
- The Gate
- Little Georgia
A Night on the Town
Whether you are looking for some pub grub or somewhere to dance the night away, there is something in Islington to suit your needs.
Pubs in Islington
The Island Queen is fast becoming the obligatory pub to visit, their Tuesday night quiz is famously known and a highlight of the local’s week, whereas their cosy and comfortable island themed décor welcomes every visitor.
A perfect spot to grab a casual drink is The Winchester, perfect in the week for an after work catch up but what is even more special is when the resident DJ rocks up on the weekend and this cozy little pub becomes a hot dance spot for those looking to avoid the big nightclubs.
If you want an ale, The Bull is the place to visit. A vibrant and friendly atmosphere of fairy lights and dark wooden finishes makes this an intimate spot to grab a real ale and relax with friends.
Bars in Islington
The Bar with No Name is not as mysterious as it once was as this hidden gem has now been discovered. Located at 69 Colebrooke Row, you’ll want to spend a while here sampling all of the handcrafted cocktails and taking in the stunning décor which may or may not make you feel like you in Film Noir.
However, if the American dream is more your thing consider a trip Slim Jim’s Liquor Store where the authentic dive bar aesthetic is sure to transport you to LA. Ask for a glass of bourbon and play a song on the jukebox as this sure to be a place, you’ll spend your whole evening.
If you want a story to tell your friends at home, why not visit The Four Sisters Bar which at one point in time was actually a brothel. Be transported back in time where candlelit corners provide the perfect escape to sip the home brewed beers that are sure to impress.
Hoxley & Porter are one of those unique gems which offer something a little bit extra. Taking inspiration from colonial explorers you can cosy up in one of the 12 man booths and sip away at fun themed cocktails.
Need a Locksmith in Islington?
When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for an Islington Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Islington provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!
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