About this office
Our team of estate agents in Islington have combined industry experience of over 30 years and are well established in both the core and upper end of the local market. The sales team are market leaders in Islington, while the lettings department works across a network of offices to access an extensive applicant database, including for our specialist corporate department. This flagship office draws the best talent Hamptons has to offer and in addition to Islington itself the team cover Barnsbury, Highbury, De Beauvoir and Clerkenwell.
Why move to Islington?
Islington is a part of Greater London that has enduring appeal as a residential district thanks to its varied and characterful properties, reliable transport links to the centre of town and strong sense of community. People from many diverse backgrounds are drawn here by the excellent schooling options, wide range of amenities and eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
A little bit of history
The area has been populated since medieval times and was a source of water for the capital throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Regent’s Canal also allowed for trade in centuries past, but Islington’s major development and growth into the bustling residential area we know today began in the 19th century with the advent of the railway. Today the area is known as the home of Premier League football club Arsenal who play at Emirates Stadium.
Architecture and property
Properties in Islington comprise mainly period homes that have either been restored and extended to accommodate large families or converted into apartments, so there is truly something to suit everyone. Houses are mostly Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian with some quaint cobbled mews streets, giving the area a charming character and heritage feel. However, there are also a selection of new build developments ideal for young families and first-time buyers.
Shopping and amenities
Many independent shops line Islington High Street, Upper Street and the recently opened Islington Square shopping complex, which also hosts the Boulevard Market where an array of respected local stallholders ply their wares. The Farmer’s Market at Chapel Market and Nag’s Head Market in Holloway offer further opportunity for residents to pick up fresh produce and enhance the community spirit of the area. Angel Central is the place to go for high street shops, a Vue multiplex cinema and the O2 Academy music venue. Islington further benefits from several supermarkets, libraries, fitness centres and a post office.
The main thoroughfare of Upper Street is home to many exceptional restaurants, pubs and bars with something to suit all tastes, including renowned Middle Eastern restaurant Ottolenghi, La Sacre Coeur French bistro, The Gate vegetarian café and several branches of the popular Gallipoli, which serve traditional Turkish mezze. Islington boasts an array of theatres and entertainment venues, including the award-winning Union Chapel which is a working church that doubles up as a unique setting for live music.
Islington has its fair share of pleasant parks and gardens for families to enjoy, including the 30-acre Highbury Fields with a leisure centre, tennis courts and playground, leafy St. Mary Magdalene Garden named for its Victorian church and Paradise Park, which is home to Freightliners City Farm and a children’s centre for learning and play. Highbury to the north is home to the Emirates Stadium, home ground of Arsenal football club, and Gillespie Park, which boasts Green Flag status and an ecology centre.
Islington has many excellent schools with something for every family and age group. Local primaries include Canonbury, Laycock, Thornhill, St Mary’s CofE and St Mary Magdalene Academy, which also has a secondary school and sixth form. Other great choices for secondary age children are City of London Academy and Dallington School, while the Richard Cloudesley school caters for children aged 2-19 with disabilities.
Local residents benefit from excellent commuter links with a wide selection of bus, road and rail connections. There are many underground stations in the area, but the main Zone 2 hub of Highbury & Islington is on the Victoria Line for a quick hop into central London and also offers frequent overground services to such diverse locations as Crystal Palace, Stratford and Richmond.