Islington Area Guide
As the central district of the London Borough of Islington, Islington is a thriving and busy area that spans from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields. The district is known for its beautiful architecture – it contains a wealth of listed buildings – and includes Upper Street, a thoroughfare famous for its extensive shopping, dining and drinking facilities. The street is also the site of London’s largest free Wi-Fi zone.
What businesses does Islington suit?
Islington is located closely to City’s financial districts, so businesses with links to the finance industry should consider taking advantage of what it has to offer. Bordered by Camden and Hackney, Islington is also in the middle of a vibrant and upbeat community that offers a variety of entertainment to workers. Companies that want both superior transport links and a wide variety of amenities would also benefit from an Islington location.
"Open House London 2013 St Mary's Church, Islington (27) Upper Street" by David Holt is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Islington boasts superior transport links offering flexible and regular travel into central London and beyond. With Angel tube station minutes away, businesses have easy access onto the Northern line and from there to the rest of the underground network.
Liverpool Street: 18 minutes
Waterloo: 21 minutes
Euston: 8 minutes
Due to Islington’s central location and proximity to many of London’s vibrant hotspots, there are some great restaurants on offer serving up a mix of British and World cuisine. Thai restaurant Isarn (119 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1QP) is well regarded in the area, with impeccable service and an authentic menu. Alternatively Chilango’s (27 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0PN) offers Mexican dishes that have been regularly reviewed and called the best in London. Takeaway facilities are excellent and diverse, and sandwich shops and delis offer lunchtime opportunities to workers.
As a central district, Islington benefits from a diverse range of pubs and bars designed to suit all tastes. The Warwick (45 Essex Road, London, N1) is a popular local bar with resident DJ on hand from Thursdays until Sundays. Alternatively The Castle (54 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9HF) is a relaxed pub with a great jukebox system and friendly staff. When you’re ready to hit the town, Lark in the Park (60 Copenhagen Street, London, N1 0JW) is an independently run bar offering a combination of trendy live music and competitively priced cocktails.
A beautiful working farm in the heart of Islington, Freightliners farm offers a variety of fresh produce including honey, eggs and vegetables, along with animals to see including many rare breeds. Visiting is a great way to temporarily forget about the hustle and bustle of London life.
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Explore the history of modern Italian Art in this amazing museum situated close to Highbury and Islington tube station. Featuring some of the most incredible images from the 20th century Italian Futurists, the Estorick Collection is well worth a visit for all art lovers. Set up in 1950, the collection thrives today and has temporary exhibitions running throughout the year.