Shining a Spotlight on Islington

Posted: 30 September 2015 by Higgins Homes

The London Borough of Islington has long been known for its understated class and charm, its beautiful parks and numerous boutique shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It is quiet and calm yet full of things to do and carries an air of intellectual creativity and style.

Located in the north of the city near Camden and Hackney, Islington is just 30 minutes walk into the centre of London. It is also incredibly well connected by the underground, with ten tube stops around the Islington area, as well as plenty of buses that run around the clock. The transport connections even extend to the continent with the Eurostar terminal being in St. Pancras station. So a weekend in Paris or Brussels is just a stone’s throw away.

Buying wholesome health food is wonderfully easy thanks to the many organic wholefood stores that have popped up in recent years. There is also the Farmer’s Market every Sunday, complete with hot food stalls and oodles of fresh local produce. Alternatively you can pop into one of the numerous supermarkets in the area, including Waitrose, M&S and Sainsbury’s.

If international cuisine is more your style, the N1 postcode is a hotspot for delicious Middle Eastern dining – from rustic to gourmet. Choose between Turkish, Lebanese, Israeli and Moroccan to name but a few. For home-cooks there are local fruit and veg shops a plenty, as well as butchers and bakers and every other food group.

Pub lovers will feel right at home in Islington with the majority of jaunts offering extensive drinks menus and impressive grub. Because of its strong creative community, a lot of bars and cafes double up as venues that put on all kinds of events from live music of different genres, to spoken word. There are also several well-known music hotspots in the Borough, such as The Lexington, The Hope & Anchor and the stunning Union Chapel.

Galleries are by no means hard to come by either and range from the smaller art dealers to the larger exhibition spaces. For the budding artist there are art supply shops a plenty.

Meandering through Camden Passage is a great way to wile away an afternoon, kick-starting things with a hearty brunch in one of the many cafes. Quaint boutiques mix hand-made with vintage chic and you can pick up anything from clothes and jewellery to books and homeware. Pedestrianised streets make the whole experience all the more enjoyable.

Stretching right through Islington is the historic and picturesque Regent’s Canal. This now quiet spot was once a central piece of infrastructure, feeding the capital with the transportation of goods through the north of the city. These days the towpaths are more frequented by commuters, joggers and dog-walkers. Several cafes and pubs provide lovely waterfront refreshments.

It should come as no surprise that property in Islington is certainly hot right now so buying here is an investment to say the least. Whether you are looking to live in the area or buy to rent, Higgins Homes has some stunning luxury developments on offer. 

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