London is definitely the place to be these days, but when you finally decide to relocate there (or even to move from one place to another within the capital) things become complicated. The thing is that the city covers an enormous territory and every single one of its 32 boroughs has its unique character and traits that make it very hard to choose from. However, we believe that Islington, the Inner London borough that lies to the north of the City, has all the characteristics that make up for a really nice place to live in.
The case for living in Islington
If you are wondering whether or not Islington is the right place for you, just consider some of the following factors:
- The borough is located in the immediate vicinity of the City, Westminster and other key Central London locations. If you work in some of the big business districts that are within the historical core of London, you will no longer have to worry about lengthy commutes etc.
- Islington is part of North London which is generally considered to be a good thing. Crime rates in North London are traditionally lower than those in the south, the transport connections and infrastructure are better, and the quality of healthcare and education are higher – all those things should make you want to live here.
- Islington is home to a number of very popular tourist attractions and cultural institutions such as the Almeida Theatre, the London Canal Museum, the Islington Museum, the iconic single screen cinema The Screen On The Green, The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and many more. Those make Islington a vibrant and interesting place, where you will always find something to do in those free weekends when boredom lurks around the corner.
Some of the best locations in Islington to live in
The borough consists of quite a few districts, and at first you will find it hard to make up your mind where exactly you are to seek accommodation at. You will not be making a mistake if you focus your attention on Nag’s Head N7. It is a rather small area some 5.6 kilometres away from Charing Cross which is named after a famous pub which stood for centuries there (unfortunately it closed down in 2004). Nag’s Head is actually a pretty busy shopping district too, identified as one of the 35 major centres of London by the London Plan.
Another pretty great location is of course Pentonville N1. It benefits from the fact that it is one of the locations in Islington that are closest to the City. It was mainly developed to its current state in the 1770s by architect Henry Penton, after whom the area is named. Pentonville is also the birthplace of philosopher, political economist and civil servant John Stewart Mill who championed the freedom of the individual from the unlimited state and social control, and laid the foundations of much of what we know today as modern ethics.
St Luke’s EC1 is yet another great place to check out. It is located right next to the much busiest and tourist-friendly Barbican and Shoreditch. The area is pretty popular because of the Whitecross Street Market. The section of the street on which the market is being held every day is traditionally closed for vehicles. Thursdays and Fridays are food market days, and people from all over London come here to shop. St Luke’s has a number of great residential developments that are going to cover all your personal needs, requirements and preferences for sure.
The last place we would like to direct your attention to is Tufnell Park N7, N19. In the best traditions of English residential architecture, Tufnell Park was developed around a small, cosy and beautiful open green space. The area consists of large Victorian semi-detached houses, many of which were divided into flats. Tufnell Park also boasts a rather impressive list of really famous local residents such as actors Bill Nighy, Ben Miller, Christopher Lee and Damian Lewis, painter Fermin Rocker, MP and leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, and bestselling authors such as Robert Muchamore and Joe Craig among quite many others.