The borough of Islington is a desirable choice for those moving to London. It is conveniently located in the central portion of the city which means you have access to various businesses and shopping areas, loads of transportation options, fast access to practically any service required, and yet you can buy or rent Islington apartments or homes in neighborhoods graced by Victorian-style houses surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers.
From Islington apartments, you can enjoy a variety of antique and furniture shops, clothing stores and cafes. Several fun theatres such as The King’s Head, Almeida, Little Angel, and Hen and Chickens provide year-round entertainment as do various museums. Arsenal Football fans will appreciate watching their favorite team take on rivals at their home field of Emirates Stadium which is also located in Islington.
Islington Park provides a relaxing oasis away from the bustle of the busy city. Throsby Creek winds its lazy way through the park which contains a beautiful walkway lined with thriving fig trees. Islington Park is a favorite getaway of those who enjoy cycling, jogging, and family outings. It also contains a fabulous leash-free area where dogs can get plenty of exercise.
A great selection of fine dining establishments will keep your palate happy. Turkish cuisine can be found at Antepliler and Gallipoli Again, fantastic French food is served up at Almeida and Morgan M, Byron’s provides tasty burgers and fries in true Yank-style, and various British tastes can be experienced at S&M Café or such gastropubs as Charles Lamb, The Drapers Arm, Public House, Duke of Cambridge, or the Compass.
You will also enjoy an exciting nightlife in Islington for those evenings away from the stresses of work where communing with friends is at the top of the list. Slip out of Islington apartments and head to nearby gathering spots to enjoy the European atmosphere of Colebrooks, the trendy Anam bar, the bright, spacious All Bar One gastrobar, and many more. Dancing can be found at the antique-packed surroundings of The Old Queen’s Head, the fun Embassy DJ Bar, the multi-leveled Chapel Bar with Turbosound, and the O2 Academy with live bands.
For those relocating to London to gain an education, or are involved in a corporate relocation and have children, Islington also offers numerous educational selections. Universities include London Metropolitan University and City University. Available colleges are Westminster Kingsway and City and Islington (Candi). There are almost 50 primary schools and a dozen secondary schools to choose from for younger children as well as three specialized schools in Islington.