Islington: A Guide To The Area

It’s all about Islington at the moment! This dynamic and diverse area has so much to offer its residents.  Davis Brown estate agents are delighted to have not one, but two beautiful town houses available to rent in the area, and we thought we would celebrate by telling you a little more about Islington.

Where is it?

Islington is situated in the north of London, and covers the area from Clerkenwell all the way up to Archway.  It is a hugely diverse and exciting area, encompassing areas like Highbury, Essex Road, Finsbury Park, Kings Cross and Holloway Road.

Did you know?

  1. The King’s Head Theatre and Pub in Islington is the first pub theatre founded in England. It has been in existence since the days of Shakespeare.
  2. In 1613, Islington was the first borough in London to receive fresh water which was transported to a reservoir in Clerkenwell from Hertford, via. a forty mile newly constructed canal, known as The New River.
  3. Islington is home to two famous prisons – Pentonville Prison for men and Holloway Prison for women.  Holloway prison is perhaps most well-known for incarcerating many suffragettes, including Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison.
  4. Holloway Road derives from the ‘Hollow Way’ which was recorded in 1307 and was a medieval route leading from North Islington to Highgate Hill.
  5. Whilst Islington is one of the oldest parts of London, the London Borough of Islington was not established until 1965, when the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Islington and Finsbury joined under London’s large scale re-organisation.

Getting about:

Residents of Islington benefit from having a large range of transportation on offer.  Highbury and Islington station services most over-ground lines out to the northern suburbs of London, whilst also taking commuters into Moorgate and the heart of the financial district.  As estate agents in W1, we often travel to Islington on the Victoria Line and from Oxford Circus the journey is only seven minutes in duration.  Angel underground station is another route for City workers – it is situated on the Bank brand of the Northern Line and takes only five minutes to travel to Bank station.  Holloway Road underground services the Piccadilly Line, providing easy access for residents to South London.

Islington also has nearly 20 bus routes to offer to take residents all across the city, from Waterloo to Victoria.

Things to do:

There is something for everyone in Islington. This diverse area is rich in the arts, being home to some of Banksy’s most famous pieces, as well as Sadler’s Wells theatre. If this is your kind of thing, then the Pangolin London gallery is a must – contemporary art features in all forms and best of all – it’s free!  If art isn’t your thing, there are museums such as the Marx Memorial Library – home to Lenin during his years of exile, the museum hold a vast archive from books to pamphlets along with the famous fresco entitled ‘The worker of the future upsetting the economic chaos of the present’.  For the football fans, of course Islington is home to the world famous Arsenal Football Club and for those of you that are keen, not only can you visit the stadium in Highbury, but also the museum.  Finally, Islington is home to some of the capital’s best markets – selling everything from fresh flowers to car boot gems.  Our favourite is Whitecross Street market, which dates back to the 17th Century.  As estate agents in W1, when on viewings in Islington we take advantage of the market and always try and sneak over to Gwilym Davies coffee – this world champion barista winner makes a good flat white!


For the adventurous eaters out there, Moro in Exmouth Market is an absolute go to.  Serving Spanish and North African fusion food, the menu is short and sweet but packed with regional specialities and exciting flavours.  The Fish Shop is another of our favourites.  This restaurant always has its special fish and chips on the menu, but also serves fresh fish delivered daily.  You never know what’s going to be on offer, but that’s part of the fun!

Meet up hotspot:

The Swimmer at the Grafton Arms is the place to meet up.  A juke box, quizzes, music, food and good beer are the perfect mix for a great evening.

Upper Street is another great place for a wander and a catch up with friends.  From boutiques to cafés and unique restaurants, this stylish street is the hub of the area’s residents – the Oxford Street of Islington if you like!


If you would like to find out more about property in Islington, please contact Davis Brown estate agents.

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