Commercial Property Area Guide: Islington – London
This stylish London Borough is just four miles from the city. It’s packed with great places to eat, drink and shop, making it attractive to both residents and business owners. Although the borough stretches from Farringdon north to the edge of Crouch End, the main area lies between Pentonville and Highbury Fields.
Islington today is regarded as a relaxed, enjoyable place, as it has been for centuries. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it offered an escape from the city and became home to ale houses, theatres and several tea gardens. It still has an exuberant scene, with many theatres, comedy houses, cinemas and quirky bars thriving in the area. You’ll also find the famous Sadler’s Wells theatre here.
When you base your business in Islington, you can expect to be surrounded by lots of independent establishments, high-end boutiques and smart restaurants. Straddling the start of the A1, it also has fantastic transport connections for an inner-London district. Here’s an overview of the benefits Islington offers its business residents.
Travel and transport in Islington
There are three underground stations in IslingtonHighbury & Islington to the north is generally seen as the main underground station. It is on the Victoria line, making Oxford Circus just a seven-minute tube ride away. It will take you all the way to Brixton in around 20 minutes. If you’re based to the south of Islington, you might be closer to Angel station. From here, you can take the Northern line to Kings Cross, Clapham and many more. For the Piccadilly line, head west to Caledonian Road. It offers fast connections to Heathrow, Kensington, Covent Garden and more.
Highbury & Islington is also an Overground stationYou can take the Overground from Highbury & Islington to get across to Shepherd’s Bush, Walthamstow, Seven Sisters and Crystal Palace.
Islington is approximately an hour away from four airportsWith London City, Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted all around an hour away from Islington, it’s easy to travel to meetings across the globe. London City Airport is the closest, with journey times at around 50 minutes. Heathrow is the furthest away airport, but it will still only take you about one hour and ten minutes to get there.
The A1 runs through IslingtonIt starts in Angel and runs all the way to Edinburgh. From Angel, it will take you through Islington and Holloway then north out of London. At Edgware, you can join the M1, which offers connections to the M25 and the M6 (the junction is near Birmingham).
Where to eat in Islington
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Islington has a number of handy facilities for residents and businesses
There are seven gyms and fitness centres in Islington, including Nuffield Health, Orangetheory Fitness, Cally Pool & Gym and Barrecore.
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Where is there a bank or Post Office in Islington?There are three banks in Islington near Highbury & Islington underground station – Barclays Bank, Lloyds and Nationwide Building Society. You’ll also find lots of options in neighbouring Angel, which is also home to a NatWest, Halifax, RBS, Santander, HSBC and The Co-operative Bank.
If you need a Post Office, there’s in the centre of Islington along Upper Street, between Barnsbury Street and Waterloo Terrace.
Islington has a few convenient supermarketsTesco, Sainsburys and The Co-operative all have small stores in Islington along Caledonian Road and Upper Street. You’ll also find a large Budgens store. Sainsbury’s has a supermarket on Liverpool Road in Angel (bordering Islington).
Commercial real estate agents operating in Islington
Richard Susskins & Co
Anton Page LLP
Realla has a range of commercial properties to rent in Islington – here’s a selection
Here are a few of the businesses based in and around Islington
The Intern Group
Serviced offices in Islington
Interesting facts about Islington
The Kings Head Theatre and Pub is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK. The pub dates back to when Shakespeare was alive, having opened in 1543.
Lots of well-known people have lived in Islington including Daniel Defoe, George Orwell, Thomas Cromwell, Gillian Anderson, Naomi Harris and many more.
An Islington street was once described as ‘the most disreputable street in London, a haunt of thieves and loose women’ – which is a far cry from the chic streets you see in the area today.
Canonbury Tower has been standing since the Tudor times. It is 20m high and has been lived in by the likes of Francis Bacon, Thomas Cromwell and Oliver Goldsmith.
Islington has lots of literary connections, from About a Boy and Notes on a Scandal to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
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