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Islington is one of those rare gems found in London, which manages to bring together people from all walks of life in one hugely popular and attractive area. With the artistic types rubbing shoulders with the most affluent of families, and the students living alongside the uber trendy, Islington is a real go-to for diversity in both its local offerings and its residents.
The hot-spots in terms of neighbourhoods could be considered to be Barnsbury with its famous Squares and Canonbury which is a favourite area amongst the buying market. Islington was largely destroyed after the second World War and as such it has had a real phoenix from the ashes regeneration over the last few decades. Now, a one bed flat can go for half a million and a family townhouse for anywhere up to two million. Due to the desirability of this gentrified location, a number of well known ‘names’ have chosen to make Islington their home, such as Boris Johnson and Lily Allen
Islington is a well connected area in terms of transport, with the Northern and Victoria lines on your doorstep as well as the newer East London line.
In terms of the neighbourhood’s activities and interests, there is no end. With around five hundred restaurants and bars lining the streets including Ottolenghi and Keston Lodge, as well as boutiques, antiques, high street shops, independent food stores and the Chapel Market, there is plenty to see and do. If you are more drawn towards the arts, history and culture, their are four theatres, galleries, the Islington Waterways walks, a library of the arts, a cinema and several live music venues dotted up and down the main strip as well.
For families, the area boasts a number of primary and secondary schools so there is plenty of choice when it comes to education, as well as adventure playgrounds, youth ‘hubs’, sports facilities for different clubs and children’s centres to keep them entertained.