What with the government knocking the constituency of Islington North off the map and famous nightclub Fabric closing its doors following council pressure, it seems that Islington has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. There are lots of positive things going on in the borough, however, and plenty of reasons why property in Islington is so in demand. Today, we're turning our spotlight on Islington.
Art and design
The London Design Festival will be entering its 14th year from the 17th-25th September, with the Islington Design District taking part for the third year. The walk from Amwell Street along Upper Street (via the arts and antique stalls of Camden Passage) will be lined with pop-up design stores, cafes and showrooms. New designers will be showing off their latest pieces with one-off exhibitions. The 20th September is reserved for late-night shopping – ideal if you want to pop along after work for some home styling ideas.
Dining and drinking
Islington's food scene is phenomenal at the moment – so if you're planning to leave the borough, be prepared to sell your home to foodies. Recent openings include Shoreditch favourite Rok Smokehouse, whose Islington branch opened in July, and fancy kebab shop Black Axe Mangal, which has been in situ for 14 months and still faces plenty of demand from customers. Bellanger, owned by accomplished chefs Corbin & King, opened last December and boasts a more laid-back atmosphere than the duo's other restaurants.
After a spike in hate crimes across England this summer, around 300 Islington residents gathered in Highbury Fields for a rally against xenophobia. The community is continuing to fight against hatred, as new music classes are being launched in Holloway in an effort to bring people of diverse backgrounds together. Another project, which ran alongside the play Boy at the Almeida theatre during April and May, also had a community focus. The writers teamed up with Arsenal in the Community to help 40 local youngsters write their stories, which were performed onstage during the play's run.
For more information on Islington's top selling points, read our Islington Area Guide.