One of London’s trendiest and most electric areas, Islington defines posh meets street as the hub of independent theatres, clubs and boutiques.
From the chic Upper Street to the down-to-earth Caledonian Road and Chapel Street, Islington is undeniably the arts corner of North London. Additionally, Islington Square is a major shopping hub for the area, comprising a collection of mixed size retail units with double height ceiling included.
Boasting a strong sense of community, Exmouth Market, offers fantastic local shopping emphasising quality, speciality and variety. Offering primarily food stalls, Exmouth Market is home to local and specialist farmers to small region continental delicacies.
The main campus for four universities including City University, a world class higher education institution, Islington is a popular student area with fast and efficient transport links to central London via Highbury & Islington Station an Angel Tube Station.
Famed for its off the beaten path culture, Islington’s culture appetite is anything but mainstream.
Islington’s Screen on the Green famous for hosting the legendary 1976 gig featuring The Buzzcocks, The Clash and the Sex Pistols is a fantastic cinema mixing Hollywood with home comforts. The single screen Edwardian cinema boasts an in-cinema bar serving food and drinks and your choice of comfy cinema seats or double couches.
A supporter of new talent and a driving force in off-West End, The Almeida Theatre is a 325-seat theatre producing a diverse range of British and international drama with some of the world’s best artists. Supported using public money by Arts Council England, the theatre fundraises £1.3 million annually which, combined with ticket sales, contributes to its £4.2 million turnover.
On the other side of the spectrum, Sadler’s Wells is the world’s number one venue dedicated to delivered the gold standard of UK and international dance. From circus to flamenco, Sadlers Well has something for everyone.
Islington mixes historical heritage with contemporary facilities from culture to eateries. Remaining form the Georgian era, The Albion, is an elegant and tranquil pub offering a country atmosphere. Serving traditional British food and broadcasting sporting events, the beer gardens complete with a flower bed of roses, is a popular choice for many a Londoner looking to relax.
Boasting a diverse community demand, Radici celebrates the heritage of acclaimed chef Francesco Mazzei’s Calabrian and Southern Italian roots. Top choices on the menu range from a wood-fired oven cooked pizza to delicious cocktails concocted by drinks maestro Simone Caporale.
Following World War II, a number of Islington’s suffered considerable damage. To restore the area to its former glory, Islington Council spent several years regenerating Annover Estate and Marquess Estate.
Islington Architects worked with the local community to provide simplified pedestrian routes with clearly defined semi-private and public areas, by installing fob access gates for residents, and improving sightlines, lighting, and paving materials. The new features stretch to semi-native plantings in the courtyards, and a new central square.
A magnet for innovation and famed for its eclectic neighbourhood, Islington is loved by students, young professionals and businesses for its tranquil atmosphere and thriving community spirit.
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