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In the spotlight: the London Borough of Islington

In the spotlight: the London Borough of Islington

A mix of green spaces and busy streets give Islington its unique character.

Avid readers will have stumbled over Islington here and there – after all, it is easily one of London’s most literary boroughs.

George Orwell and Douglas Adams, who also named the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s minor character of Hotblack Desiato after a local estate agent, lived in the district of Islington.

The area also features heavily in pop culture: In Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere series, Islington is an angel living below London, tasked with guarding the city; two of Nick Hornby’s most successful books, High Fidelity and Slam, are also set in the district.

It must be somwhere special to call home – not just by its many authors, but musicians, actors and artists, too.

Furthermore, on 27 November 1970, Europe’s first gay rights demonstration, in form of a torchlight rally, took place in Islington’s Highbury Fields; today, people flock to the fields to enjoy the sun.

A plaque remembers the march which would later evolve into London Pride.
A plaque remembers the march which would later evolve into London Pride.

Despite being close to Central London, Islington still manages to hold onto its individuality and offers everything, from independent shopping opportunities on Upper Street to quiet, green retreats just a short walk away from all the hustle.

Numerous small parks hold the odd surprise: going for a walk through Bunhill Fields, for example, will see you you encounter the graves of Daniel Defoe and William Blake, to name but two.

Walking through Bunhill Fields, you'll stumble over some famous graves.
Walking through Bunhill Fields, you’ll stumble over some famous graves.

In the north of the borough, Arsenal FC’s home turf – the Emirates Stadium – is not just home to first-class football but also concerts and other events, drawing in people from all over the country.

From the footie to sell out shows by MUSE and Bruce Springsteen, the Emirates Stadium has it all.
From the footie to sell out shows by MUSE and Bruce Springsteen, the Emirates Stadium has it all.

If we had to describe it in one sentence, we’d say it’s the London you see in film and TV – a mix of old and new buildings, small independent shops and cafes and a lot of hidden, green places.

A prime example for Islington’s new architecture actually sits on the crossroads between Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and The City – right on the doorstep of London’s Tech City, home to big players and promising start-ups.

Canaletto's appearance is a work of art in itself.
Canaletto’s appearance is a work of art in itself.

Canaletto, created by Dutch architect Professor Ben van Berkel’s UNStudio, sets a focus on individual comfort and contemporary design; its uniquely arranged, curving façade offers residents spectacular views and is set to stand out from the growing number of London’s high-rise towers.

As you’d expect from a high-end development in Central London, amenities range from a concierge service to a private screening room, swimming pool and a gym – a stylish restaurant and private Club Canaletto (including a sky terrace) on the 24th floor are the proverbial cherry on top.