Hamptons- Relocation & Renovation guide - Islington

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Relocate & Renovate Islington Local Area Guide www.hamptons.co.uk




Roberto Silva Landscapes 020 7688 0935 Landrob7@aol.com www.silvalandscapes.com


AG Bespoke Windows 020 8150 7171 07951 049784 www.agbespokewindows.com

Spotlight on Dallington School 24 Dominic McKenzie Architects

Consultancy ~ Design ~ Management 41 Imperial Avenue, Victorian Road N16 8HP 020 7688 0935 w w w. s i l v a l a n d s c a p e s . c o m

0203 327 4780 office@dominicmckenzie.co.uk www.dominicmckenzie.co.uk Celebrating childhood, we embrace the individuality of every child and allow our children to flourish at their own pace in a relaxed and supportive family environment. We do not conform to a predetermined method of teaching and offer a child-centred, creative, holistic and ambitious experience, designed to develop the whole, unique child and to prepare them for their onward educational journey.


Our vision encapsulates what we feel to be the important elements of children’s development:

Dallington School 0207 251 2284 admissions@dallingtonschool.co.uk www. dallingtonschool.co.uk

LOVE GROW SUCCEED We aim for all children to love learning and to grow and develop life-long skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed in whatever they set Value your own worth and understand the their mind to. differences in others. Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, Dallington Dallington School owes its existence to our has five large airy, open-plan floors of founder, Mogg Hercules. A natural educator, classrooms and specialist spaces. With an Mogg’s philosophy and ideas were focused abundance of natural light and high ceilings, on nurturing children´s development and we have much more space than our exterior broadening their learning experiences and would suggest! Playtime is spent in a beautiful playground around the corner, equipped ensuring that they were happy learners. with plentiful climbing frames, trees, football In 1978 she and her husband bought number quad, as well as playground equipment 8 Dallington Street and Dallington School was including tricycles for younger children, sports equipment, and a table tennis table. born. Fast forward to 2023, and under the strong, visionary leadership of new Head James Griffiths, Dallington is looking firmly to the future, with a constantly-developing curriculum, packed with diverse activities and trips, along with a strong pastoral support team.

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The plentiful curricular-related trips are all included in the fees. These include expeditions to the theatre, concerts, museums, galleries, local woodland for Forest School, and much more. We offer a vibrant selection of afterschool clubs and activities, as well as individual musical instrument teaching.

Are you a Renovater in the local area? We look forward to welcoming you for a visit. www.dallingtonschool.co.uk

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Welcome to Islington


Why move to Islington?


Pubs & Live Music




Local Hotspots




Family Days Out


Local Schools


Fitness & Health


Local Restaurants



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Welcome A very warm welcome to Islington and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons. You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in London. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. Hamptons has been matching people with property, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since. Today, over 150 years since we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’. Yours sincerely, Grant Bates & Ben Craven - Head of Sales George Ioannou - Head of Lettings r



Islington Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Islington Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Islington, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning 6

and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home.


A little bit of history

“A big WELCOME and enjoy”


The area has been populated since medieval times and was a source of water for the capital throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Regent’s Canal also allowed for trade in centuries past, but Islington’s major development and growth into the bustling residential area we know today began in the 19th century with the advent of the railway. Today the area is known as the home of Premier League football club Arsenal who play at Emirates Stadium.


Why move to Islington? People from many diverse backgrounds are drawn here by the excellent schooling options, wide range of amenities and eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Local residents benefit from excellent commuter links with a wide selection 8

of bus, road and rail connections. There are many underground stations in the area, but the main Zone 2 hub of Highbury & Islington is on the Victoria Line for a quick hop into central London and also offers frequent overground services to such diverse

locations as Crystal Palace, Stratford and Richmond. Islington has its fair share of pleasant parks and gardens for families to enjoy, including the 30-acre Highbury Fields with a leisure centre, tennis courts and playground.


Ideal living

one of the best in London. Locals boast that they have some of the tastiest Italian food around. You’ll also find Mediterranean, Mexican, French, Turkish, and other cuisines, along with basics like a burger joint and casual breakfast spots. There are a number of pubs and cocktail bars here – some of the trendier ones are perched on rooftops, offering a great place to watch the sunset while you down a cold beer.

www.goodmigrations.com Quiet and secluded, you are more likely to find people sitting around and discussing a book along the canal in Islington than going out clubbing here. This area is extremely popular with those just moving to London thanks to the thriving property market, traditional homes, and newly built apartment buildings. The most coveted properties here are the elegant Georgian houses that line many streets, but they’ll take a bit of luck (and a lot of money) to get one. There are very few chain stores or restaurants in the area. Instead, each and every shop is unique. You can find the latest fashion trends at the boutiques that dot Islington High Street and Upper Street. Or explore the Camden Passage market, which is popular with tourists and locals alike, to see a great combination of collectibles, antiques, vintage fashion, gifts, and homewares. The neighborhood has amazing dining options. Almeida is probably the most famous restaurant in the area and is consistently rated as



Famous Residents Islington and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics, artists and common or garden members of the upper-crust for generations. Here are a few notable names...

Colin Firth,

Leona Lewis,



Lily Allen


Nina Bawden


James Beck


Tony Blair

former Prime Minister of the UK

Helena Bonham Carter


Jay Bothroyd


Jim Broadbent


Jonny Buckland,

Lead guitarist of the band Coldplay

Alexandra Burke


Kathy Burke

Actor and Director

Jimmy Carr




Peaches Geldof

Daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

Tony Hadley,

Lead singer, Spandau Ballet

William Hogart






Interview with ‘Roberto Silva’ it wrong. It is important to me to make sure the client makes a good investment when it comes to commissioning me as a garden designer. The main advantage when a client works with me is that the client will be working with me as an agent to give them the best advice on planting, layout, plans, plants, accessories and furniture to achieve the garden of their dreams When the client works with me, they will be avoiding hidden fees which many firms charge, for example, if working with a design and build company. The client also has a choice to work by the hour instead of on a percentage basis. In that way, the client has the full control of their budget. However, many clients prefer a percentage basis or a package deal where they would know how much it would cost to deliver the whole project well beforehand How can you help add value to a property? I would save the client time and money by designing a garden that suits their budget and needs. A well-designed and built garden is a long-term investment that adds value to the property, and should the client decide to move, my work will increase the likelihood of a quick sale A professional garden designer like myself will have the experience and knowledge to translate the client’s brief into reality, and by adding good What is the most satisfying part of your job? structure planting such as evergreen, quality I enjoy the whole design process however paving and fence which will translate into the the sketch proposals, the planting plan and value of the property. The key word is “timeless overseeing the project are the most satisfying garden” for long-term value parts of my job. Seeing a neglected garden be transformed from a sketched idea to a beautiful What are the most popular requests you reality is very rewarding. receive? Having said that, following the client brief, and The most common one is low maintenance as getting the client satisfaction after they see the most of my clients are busy and do not have garden built and planted are also very important. the time to maintain their gardens. They also As a garden designer, I work to the client’s do not want to spend a large sum of money on satisfaction and make sure this is achieved from maintenance. the early stages until the garden is finished. In London, most of the gardens lack privacy and are exposed to neighbours, so how to create What are the main advantages of investing in privacy in their gardens is high on the agenda of your garden designs and outdoor space? many of my clients. All are very easy to achieve Gardens can be an expensive business if you get with the right planting. Tell us a little about the background of how you learned your craft. I was originally trained as an agronomist In Brazil which involves mostly the science of soil and food production; In the UK, I have been trained in courses in garden design, horticulture and Hardlandscape at Capel Manor. In 2000 I managed to get my MA in landscape architecture from the University of Greenwich.




Consultancy ~ Design ~ Management 41 Imperial Avenue, Victorian Road N16 8HP 020 7688 0935 w w w. s i l v a l a n d s c a p e s . c o m

Pubs & Live Music The Old Queens Head Pub We are a traditional hearty Pub with worn sofas and carved stone fireplaces. We have regular events such as, quizzes, comedy nights, live music from big-name DJ’s and we serve wholesome food. Come and visit us to sample one of our famous gourmet burgers or join us on a Sunday to devour our mouth-watering roasts. 44 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN. 020 7354 9993

and is the perfect place to relax, unwind or if you are having a celebration in Islington Town Hall; and are looking for a spot to have a drink before or after. 115 Upper Street, The Angel, N1 1QN. 02072264443 www.kingsheadtheatrepub.co.uk/

The Ladybird Bar, Cocktail Bar & Club Islington’s favourite cocktail bar and music venue…open till very late and ideally located www.theoldqueenshead.com/ in the heart of Angel on Upper Street opposite Islington Green, 5 minutes form The Angel tube. The Lexington Dj’s spinning anything from funk, electro, disco, The Lexington is a classic London boozer Latin or classic house to commercial; holding turned lounge bar, with a hint of Kentucky some of the best House nights on weekends, charm and lashings of rock & roll excess. eclectic crowd, molecular cocktails, original Enjoy award winning food served up with our and classic drinks alongside some impressive favourite American craft beers or just lounge sharers. around in our baroque mezzanine exploring 70 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NY. 07812 the best bourbon selection in London. If you like 390482 it a little bit louder, head upstairs for the latest www.ladybirdbar.co.uk/ and greatest bands in our live venue. Then The Grace dance the night away with our family of music Our newly refurbished pub is a cosy meeting loving DJs, playing everything from 20s jazz to spot for locals and music lovers alike, offering the newest indie through the sea of countera solid selection of beers and hard liquor, with cultural sounds into the wee small hours. one of the only late licenses in the area and 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB. 020 an exciting calendar of acoustic nights, late 78375371 parties, regular music quizzes and comedy. Upstairs you’ll find our intimate music venue www.thelexington.co.uk/ with its storied history of breaking new acts, and an exciting schedule of the best upcoming Hope & Anchor bands. Our Greene King Local Pubs are at the heart of communities across the UK. Whether you’re 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD. 020 7619 6721 dining on our delicious food, dropping in for drinks, or celebrating a special occasion with www.thegrace.london/ friends and family, our pubs have something for everyone. Radicals and Victuallers 207 Upper StreetIslingtonN1 1RL. 020 A beautiful and spacious bar, night-club and 73541312 eatery aimed squarely at the leftfield, the quirky, and the adventurous among us. We www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/ deal in craft beers, alternative music, naughty diner grub, and good times. In the heart of King’s Head Theatre Pub Islington, Radicals is a haven from the hurried Located on the trendy and eclectic Upper Street in Islington, Kings Head Theatre Pub was hordes of city drones - a place to unwind and imbibe in the company of people who are just founded in 1970 and is best known for being as weird as you. the first theatre pub since Shakespearean 59 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NY. 020 times. Along with our famous theatre, our 7704 7691 Victorian pub offers our own Barrel-aged Negroni and a host of quality wines to sip on www.radicalsandvictuallers.co.uk/ 14


“Wet your whistle”

The Piano Works The Piano Works is the only non-stop live music venue where the audience decide the repertoire. Enjoy live music every night at our dinner and Brunch parties. Join SingEasy’s singing waiters, a highly theatrical West End party host and an expert pianist for an evening of rip-roaring entertainment, delicious food and cocktails. Everyone is invited to request their most-loved Musical Theatre tracks and sing along with our delightfully fun and playful team. 113-117 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BX. 020 7278 1966 www.pianoworks.bar/ Laki Kane Cocktail Bar & Thai Restaurant Islington London’s Tropical Escape cocktail bar, Thai kitchen, and experience venue. In the heart of Islington, on Upper Street you’ll discover your own tropical escape at Laki Kane. Putting a modern spin on the tiki bar experience, you’ll experience a carnival of the senses packed with the Aloha spirit of eternal happiness. A place to share dinner with friends, taste unforgettable cocktails, experience the entertainment, music and DJs all delivered to you with a five-star service and a smile. 144-145 Upper Street, N1 1QY. 020 7607 0766 www.lakikane.com/

Should you wish to wet your whistle in Islington you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Islington. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore. www.hamptons.co.uk

The Lamb Purpose built as a boozer in the 1870s, The Lamb opened in its current incarnation in February 2012. We’re a completely independent pub and specialise in local beers from the likes of Five Points, Howling Hops, Signature Brew, By the Horns, Three Sods, Hackney Brewery, Gorgeous Brewery. There is also a pretty good range of wines and spirits. Formerly a brewpub, The Lamb has a beautiful interior with handsome wood panelling and skylights, as well as the painstakingly stripped back original green tiles on the facade. Lovely staff and live music help to make the pub a much loved local boozer. 54 Holloway Rd, London N7 8JL. 020 7619 9187 www.thelambn7.co.uk/


Local Hotspots Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Islington! people inside and another 30 out, it’s the perfect place to spend some time with your friends, colleagues or maybe just your laptop. You can also find an extra piece of serenity in the peaceful back garden; a calming escape from the busy high street. Serving espressobased, batch/pour over filter coffee, cakes, pastries and a full brunch menu, there’s plenty of sweet and savoury options. 96-98 Islington High St, London N1 8EG. 020 4524 8220 www.redemptionroasters.com/

Saint Espresso Located in the buzzing Angel Islington, our first Saint Espresso Cafe broke boundaries in local coffee shop design, creating an environment described by The Telegraph as an instagrammer’s dream, with austere, graphic interiors bathed in light streaming through the floor to ceiling windows. Treat yourself to a delicious cake or one of our signature toasties and sandwiches, and wash it down with a beautiful flat white. Angel House, 26 Pentonville Road, London N1 9HJ. www.saintespresso.com/ Kobo Café Coffee roasters and coffee shop in Angel, London. KOBO Cafe on Upper Street, Angel serves specialty coffee, teas, cakes, snacks, and food. Most of our products are free from gluten, lactose with a focus on clean, organic and healthy eating 346 Upper St, London N1 0PD. 020 3417 9599 www.kobocafe.co.uk/ Redemption Roasters and coffee shop Located on the edge of Camden Passage, Redemption Angel is our largest coffee shop to date. The large windows make this a light filled space and with seating for over 30 16

Dolce Coffee Welcome to Dolce Coffee! our aim since we opened our doors in 2007, Is to serve the local community with fresh food, quality service at good prices. During the years we have created a bond with our customers, that remains to this day. We see ourselves as more than a café, at Dolce we feel part of this community, and are proud to welcome you. 48 Essex Rd, London N1 8LR. 020 7359 1075 www.dolcecoffeeangel.co.uk/ Frequency Coffee Angel Multi-concept shop focussing on delicious specialty coffee, serving delicious freshly prepared food and flexible working spaces. 13 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA. 020 78137931 www.frequencycoffee.com/ Stasis Coffee Nice, clean, relaxed coffee place serving a variety of Greek food delicacies and superb coffee. Their freddo Espresso is excellent. The cheese and spinach pie exceptional. A selection of Greek pies on offers as well as a good selection of tasty sandwiches and soft drinks. Friendly staff, helpful and polite. A small selection of Greek sweets available as well as Greek products like olive oil, marmalade, preserves, etc. Rest room available. Good clean space inside and a small outside area 63-65 Parkway, London NW1 7PP, 07874 060832 www.stasiscoffee.co.uk/ www.hamptons.co.uk

DiGuardo Boutique

We are an independent store selling clothing and accessories carefully curated from a handpicked selection of independent designers. Offering unique fashion from everyday wear to luxury styles with a modern edge. DiGuardo Boutique offers brands not found on the high street. 211 Upper St, London N1 1RL. 07971 148355

www.diguardoboutique.com/ Wild Swans

Founded by Danish born Caroline Van Luthje, Wild Swans offers Scandinavian fashion, homeware and beauty. The name ‘Wild Swans’ comes from the fairy-tale ‘The Wild Swans’, by Hans Christian Andersen. It perfectly describes the range of designers as well as the customers – Beautiful, strong gracious birds with a bit of an edge. 152 Upper Street, London NI IRA. 020 7354 8681

www.wild-swans.com/ Annie’s London

Colibri Boutique We are a premier independent multi brand fashion boutique for women selling clothes, shoes and accessories located in Upper Street, Islington, London UK. Colibri staff are happy to offer advice on how to best dress for your shape and size. As at the very heart of our business is to provide a service to our local customers. Please, contact us for any query. 13 Upper St, London N1 1QN.

With its amazing collection of quirky dresses, Annie’s vintage clothes shop in Islington’s Camden Passage knocks spots off most of the vintage clothing stores in London. The fashion set love it. Everyone, including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Nicole Farhi, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan have raided the place for quirky trimmings, accessories and one-off pieces such as feather capes, embroidered shawls, original flapper dresses and bias-cut numbers in fabulous prints. Kate Moss and Pearl Lowe are regulars. 12 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8ED. 020 7359 0796


www.colibri.boutique/ SEFTON Sefton is a leading independent menswear boutique in Islington, London. Hosting a unique curation of ready-to-wear and sneakers alongside emerging brands sourced locally and worldwide. We have been established since 1999, stocking an eclectic range of international designers, blended with high quality own brand product in a modern, down to earth boutique environment. 196 Upper St, London N1 1RQ. 020 7226 7076 www.seftonfashion.com/ www.hamptons.co.uk


Interview with the team at AG Bespoke Windows Tell us a little about the background of AG Bespoke Windows? I have been working as a project manager and contract administrator for more than 20 years and had found often that the designs and aspirations of clients were often difficult to achieve or unavailable through the existing and established marketplace in the UK with many of our clients requiring bespoke designs and intricate customisations that would often be less cost effective. AG Bespoke Windows came into being as a result of the significant gap in the marketplace for high-quality products offering individual character, stylish luxury, efficiency and affordability. Can you go through your customer process with us? Simplicity is the key to our process, as this is generally one of the most significant investments a client will make in their homes, we like to be comprehensive. Initial enquiries come through our showroom, online, by telephone or through our partner network. We arrange a convenient time for a showroom or home visit to discuss and answer any questions and discuss the varying options and types, material selections, styles, finishes and colour that are available and measure the windows. We aim to deliver a personalised quotation back within 7 days of our 1st visit and follow up with our Design Review to ensure everything is to our clients exact requirements and answer any further question they may have. When our clients are happy to proceed, we go through the deposit & order stage and confirm the delivery date and strive to keep our clients fully informed every step of the way. On confirming the delivery date we then schedule a suitable date and time for the installation. Fitting day - is the final stage when we apply the AG Bespoke Windows special touches to the clients home so they can finally see their vision come to life. What types of materials can you use? Primarily we work with Timber, Aluminium and Alu-Clad products and our range includes Bespoke Timber Sash Windows and Heritage Sash Windows. Wood is a natural and environmentally

friendly material with excellent thermally insulative qualities; aiding with a constant level of humidity in a room, and providing comfort and aesthetic pleasure. Our use of engineered timber manufacturing technology helps to expose all of the natural qualities and allows the wood to be created into virtually unlimited shapes that is accompanied by a vast spectrum of colours and customisable technical solutions enhancing the diversity of applications, where even the most demanding of clients can find the solutions for their needs. Aluminium and Alu-Clad windows offer a bold declaration of style featuring low density, slimline frames and are perfect for contemporary properties, but are also crucially built with the strength to withstand the worst that the British weather has to offer. Smaller frames bring our extensive glass range to life, filling every room with ample natural light. Not only is it important that windows look the part, they must also perform impeccably, all yearround and our range of window systems offer full functionality with windows that open on almost all aspects; including from the side or top, vertically slide and tilt and turn and the reassurance of an insurance backed 10 year guarantee. If a client lives in a conservation area are you able to match historic designs to overcome planning and building control regulations? For protected and conservation area properties the Local Authorities will assess each application on a case by case basis and we do offer a full planning application service. We work closely with Local Authority planning control departments and Conservation Teams to ensure that all aspects and requirements are addressed during the planning application stages; this also aids in the discharging of any conditions imposed by the Local Authority. Being FENSA registered suppliers and installers all aspects of the Building Control requirements are covered by our installation on general installations and we work closely with our partner network of Private Building Control officers on larger developments.




Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Islington!

The Hope Theatre The Hope Theatre is an award winning 50-seat venue above the world-famous Hope and Anchor pub. The building traces its history back to 1880 and developed as a famous music venue in the years to come. The pub is now owned by the Greene King, still has numerous gigs and is a hotspot for music and theatre lovers alike. 207 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RL. 020 7354 1312

Little Angel Theatre Little Angel Theatre is a home for puppetry. Since it first opened in 1961 the theatre has been dedicated to creating and sharing inspiring stories. Puppetry is at the heart of this innovative theatre, from igniting the imaginations of the youngest minds to equipping tomorrow’s puppeteers with the tools they need to succeed. As well as an internationally recognised theatre with productions touring throughout the UK and across the globe, Little Angel Theatre also has its roots in Islington, www.thehopetheatre.com/ and works with its local, diverse community to break down barriers to arts engagement so all can Almeida Theatre benefit and enjoy this remarkable art form. The Almeida exists to launch the next generation 14 Dagmar Passage London N1 2DN. 020 7226 of British artists onto the world stage. A small room 1787 with an international reputation, the Almeida began life as a literary and scientific society – complete www.littleangeltheatre.com/ with library, lecture theatre and laboratory. From the beginning, our building existed to investigate ODEON Luxe & Dine Islington the world. Today, we make brave new work that Islington’s Luxe & Dine is an exclusive film asks big questions: of plays, of theatre and of the experience designed for adults and teenagers. Our world around us. We bring together exciting artists deluxe venue has first-class reclining seats, freshly to take risks; to provoke, inspire and surprise our prepared food, fine wines, and cocktails. All served audiences; to interrogate the present, dig up the to your seat by our attentive hosts. past and imagine the future. We make live art to 13 Esther Anne Place, London N1 1TU. 0333 014 excite, enliven and entertain. 4501 Almeida St, London N1 1TA. 020 7359 4404 www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/islington/ www.almeida.co.uk/ 20


The Pleasance Theatre Pleasance Islington has been one of the most exciting Off-West-End theatres in London since it opened its doors in 1995, providing a launch pad for some of the most memorable productions and renowned practitioners of the past decade and staying true to its mission of providing a platform for the talent of the future. Across three-spaces, the theatre welcomes artists at all stages of their careers, with a commitment to new work that pushes boundaries. Carpenters Mews, North Rd, London, N7 9EF. 020 7609 1800 www.pleasance.co.uk/ Sadler’s Wells Theatre Sadler’s Wells Theatre is a performing arts venue located on Rosebery Avenue next to New River Head. The present-day theatre is the sixth on the site since 1683. Sadler’s Wells has been in Islington, near Angel, since 1683. The site has two theatres: Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Lilian Baylis Studio. Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN. 020 7863 8000

details of the eclectic Art Deco style. venue with a overall capacity of almost 2000 seats make Gracepoint a primary destination for world class performance and events. It is one of the largest performing arts venues in the City. The Grade II* listed Cinema is located at numbers 161-169 Essex Road, in the Borough of Islington. 161-169 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 2SN. 020 3795 1161 www.gracepointuk.com/ Everyman Screen on the Green Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach, where you swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat. A warm and friendly atmosphere, with a fantastic customer service. A wide array of mainstream, independent and classic films, special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there is something for everyone. 83 Upper St, London N1 0NP. 01233 555642 www.everymancinema.com/

www.sadlerswells.com/ Anna Scher Theatre The Anna Scher Theatre (AST) was established in 1968 and has produced household names including Kathy Burke, Phil Daniels, Natalie Cassidy, Dexter Fletcher, Pauline Quirke, Gary and Martin Kemp, Patsy Palmer, James Alexandrou, Linda Robson, Naomi Harris, Gilian Taylforth, Susan Tully, and Joe Swash. AST’s method combines improvisation, discipline, and professionalism with the natural talents within the local community, which makes for highly able, confident actors that deliver natural performances every time. Penton Street, London, N1 9UL. 07943 962 172 www.annaschertheatre.com/ Gracepoint Gracepoint was opened in September 1930 as the Carlton Cinema. It was built as a cinevariety theatre for independent exhibitors C & R Theatres. It is an architecturally outstanding work of its time. The building is a good example of cinema architecture during the 20th Century in London, exhibiting many of the distinctive www.hamptons.co.uk


Family days out Islington is a great destination for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

Barnard Park Barnard Park is one of our largest parks. There are lots of things to do, including sports facilities and a playground. The Park features a children’s playground with a water play feature, Perennial meadow in Barnard Park extension, Barnard Park Adventure Playground and a full size redgra all-weather football pitch with stepfree access. Copenhagen St, London N1 0ER. 020 7527 2000 www.islington.gov.uk/ Freightliners Farm Freightliners City Farm is a 2.5 acres green space in the very urban London Borough of Islington. It is a small community farm where a diverse range of people take part in farming and gardening and people can visit and spend time in a countryside type environment in the city. It is an open access space which is free at point of entry supported by donations, grants and income from farm services such as the cafe and corporate team challenges. Sheringham Rd, London N7 8PF. 020 7609 0467 www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk/ 22

London Canal Museum At the London Canal Museum, you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London’s canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterway museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals. 12/13 New Wharf Rd, London N1 9RT. 020 7713 0836 www.canalmuseum.org.uk/ Camden Passage, Islington Camden Passage is hidden down a traffic free, cobbled back street, just off Upper Street in Islington. Since the 1950’s Camden Passage has ranked alongside Portobello, Kensington Church Street and Spitalfields as one of London’s leading antique locations, In later years the area has diversified with many new www.hamptons.co.uk

shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and market stalls. Camden Passage, Islington should not be confused with Camden Market or Camden Lock, which is nearby in Camden Town. Within Camden Passage you can find fashionable contemporary clothing, modern designer jewellery, Japanese art prints, handmade chocolates, specialist delicatessens, a fishmonger and excellent restaurants and cafes. 1 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA. 07463 557899

Islington Museum From free exhibitions, talks and events to vibrant learning programmes, explore Islington’s past with us. Our Free-tovisit museum and history centre hosts temporary exhibitions and regular children’s events. 245 St John St, London EC1V 4NB. 020 7527 2837


Culpeper Community Garden A green oasis in the midst of streets and inner-city bustle, Culpeper Community Garden is one of the most valued green public spaces in Islington. It is a beautiful public open space which is both a city park and an environmental community project. Managed by and for local people, it is an award-winning project where people come together to appreciate their environment. Surrounded by roads and a busy shopping area, Culpeper is described as ‘an oasis’. Children and adults alike love to explore the pathways, ponds and wealth of plants. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or simply for relaxing. 1 Cloudesley Rd, London N1 0EJ. 020 7833 3951

Coram’s Fields Coram’s Fields is a children’s only park and playground and is open all year round for children under 16 years old. Our charity also provides services for all young people, both from the local community as well as for those visiting the area. The park is steeped history and for 80 years Coram’s Fields has existed solely for children and young people as noted by our well-known policy that ‘no adult can enter without a child‘. 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN. 0207 837 6138 www.coramsfields.org/ Charles Dickens Museum Today the Charles Dickens Museum is set up as though Dickens himself had just left. It appears as a typical middle-class Victorian home, complete with furnishings, portraits and decorations. A visit allows you to step back into 1837 and see a world which is at once both intimately familiar, yet astonishingly different. A world in which one of the greatest writers in the English language, found his inspiration. 48-49 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LX. 020 7405 2127 www.dickensmuseum.com/ Islington Green This is a beautiful triangular green space with plenty of benches and seating areas, plus a war memorial and statue of Sir Hugh Myddleton. Upper St, London N1 8DU. 020 7527 2000


www.culpeper.org.uk/ Islington Square Islington Square is a place to discover something new; be that an independent restaurant, a concept bar, or a boutique store. It’s home to a luxury health club and a subterranean cinema, as well as a tree-lined boulevard and several theatre spaces. Old and new structures house an array of residential homes. Culture, wellbeing, performance, and literature exist, side by side. 116 Upper Street, London, N1. 020 8085 7100 www.slingtonsquare.com/




Dominic McKenzie Architect Q&A Is there a type of commission that gets your office particularly excited? A new-build house in London is always exciting. But such commissions are quite unusual as there are so few potential sites around. So typically our work involves extending and refurbishing existing (normally Victorian) properties. Our work is always high-quality, design-led, contemporary and creative, whilst being respectful of the historical architectural setting. What gets us excited is if there’s an opportunity to do something creative and beautiful within those constraints – which there normally is!

Tell us a little about the background of your architectural practice. Dominic McKenzie Architects was set up in 2011. I was previously a director of another architectural firm where, amongst others, I was project architect of the Accordia housing project in Cambridge which won the 2008 Stirling Prize - the UK’s highest prize for Architecture. I was keen to set up my own firm so went it alone soon after that point. What is your customer process from receiving that first enquiry? People either phone the office or send an email to get in contact. It’s always helpful if people include photos and estate agent plans of the house if they have such things. If we are able to take the project on (sometimes projects can be too small, or not suitable for other reasons), I’ll arrange to meet the customer at the property. After that we send a fee proposal and if that is acceptable we can start the design process.

What words of encouragement would you give to a potential client who is using an architect for the first time? Definitely do it. The architect will see opportunities for your property and know how to go about realising them – through planning, listed building applications and then construction. Hopefully they will create something way beyond what you had expected. But if you use an architect – use a good one! Not all architects are the same. You need an architect with a track record of working creatively within the constraints of the local area. We know Islington’s houses, streets, Conservation Areas and planning department. What’s your favourite thing about working in the Islington area? I have lived in Islington for twenty years - I know it very well. My kids also go to school here and the architectural practice is based here. My daily commute is a triangle of 10 minutes walk from home, to school, to the office and back home again. On the way I bump into people I know, see some beautiful buildings and places and some interesting shops. It’s like living in a fantastic urban village – there are very few parts of London that are as nice as Islington.


Award-Winning Architecture in Islington

Spotlight on Dallington School Celebrating childhood, we embrace the individuality of every child and allow our children to flourish at their own pace in a relaxed and supportive family environment. We do not conform to a predetermined method of teaching and offer a child-centred, creative, holistic and ambitious experience, designed to develop the whole, unique child and to prepare them for their onward educational journey. Our vision encapsulates what we feel to be the important elements of children’s development: LOVE GROW SUCCEED We aim for all children to love learning and to grow and develop life-long skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed in whatever they set Value your own worth and understand the their mind to. differences in others. Situated in the heart of Clerkenwell, Dallington Dallington School owes its existence to our has five large airy, open-plan floors of founder, Mogg Hercules. A natural educator, classrooms and specialist spaces. With an Mogg’s philosophy and ideas were focused abundance of natural light and high ceilings, on nurturing children´s development and we have much more space than our exterior broadening their learning experiences and would suggest! Playtime is spent in a beautiful playground around the corner, equipped ensuring that they were happy learners. with plentiful climbing frames, trees, football In 1978 she and her husband bought number quad, as well as playground equipment 8 Dallington Street and Dallington School was including tricycles for younger children, sports equipment, and a table tennis table. born. Fast forward to 2023, and under the strong, visionary leadership of new Head James Griffiths, Dallington is looking firmly to the future, with a constantly-developing curriculum, packed with diverse activities and trips, along with a strong pastoral support team.

The plentiful curricular-related trips are all included in the fees. These include expeditions to the theatre, concerts, museums, galleries, local woodland for Forest School, and much more. We offer a vibrant selection of afterschool clubs and activities, as well as individual musical instrument teaching.

We look forward to welcoming you for a visit. www.dallingtonschool.co.uk

Local Schools Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.

Canonbury Primary School Our children will leave Canonbury as confident, resourceful, and respectful individuals who are ready to lead a successful life at Secondary school and in the wider world. We believe that learning is at its most powerful when everyone respects one another as part of our community. Children, staff, parents, and governors will work together to create a safe and supportive environment where every child can thrive in their work and play. We will aim high, striving for every child to achieve more than they thought possible. Our curriculum will nurture curious minds, stretch the imagination, and provide opportunities for every child to discover their talents. 124 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2UT. 020 7226 5020

Laycock Primary School Children have just one childhood; we believe their primary school experience should be magical and wondrous, filled with inspirational and unforgettable learning experiences. We are a friendly and welcoming school with a strong community spirit which reflects our inclusive ethos and belief that every child can thrive and achieve their goals in life. We will educate the next generation of independent thinkers through an engaging and creative curriculum which embeds key skills in English, Mathematics, Science and PSHE through experiential enquirybased learning. 26 Laycock St, London N1 1AH. 020 7226 2927 www.laycock.islington.sch.uk/

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Thornhill Primary School At Thornhill our curriculum aims to inspire children to learn, celebrating the rich diversity within our community. It places the child at the centre of learning, nurturing each individual, enabling them to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Our curriculum provides opportunities for all children, breaking barriers and stereotypes. We pride ourselves on having a curriculum that gives a voice to all children enabling them to play a major role in their learning journey. Thornhill Rd, London N1 1HX. 020 7607 4162 www.thornhill.islington.sch.uk/ 29 www.hamptons.co.uk

Dallington School Dallington in the 21st century is a vibrant centre of learning – with strong roots in the foundations laid by Mogg but with branches reaching into the future – embracing new technologies, seeking emerging opportunities and exploring new horizons. We will – in inimitable Dallington style – always be true to our founding ethos, whilst retaining the right to push boundaries, as we continue to provide an outstanding and evolving education for the children in our care. 8 Dallington St, London EC1V 0BW. 020 7251 2284 www.dallingtonschool.co.uk/ 29 www.hamptons.co.uk

St Mary’s Islington C of E Primary School We believe that everyone is precious and loved by God. We aspire to let our light shine in all that we do. We nurture and empower every child to flourish. Together we shine in our world by showing compassion and serving others. We encourage children to shine Gods light shine through us. Fowler Rd, London N1 2EP. 020 7359 1870

St Mary Magdalene Academy St Mary Magdalene Academy is made up of two schools: the Primary School and the Secondary School, including the Sixth Form. The Academy is sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and is a Christian community of learning which aims to nurture young people to become high achievers and to discover their vocation in a global society. We welcome pupils and students from all faiths and none to our schools, which strive to be inspirational communities of www.stmarys.islington.sch.uk/ learning focused on happy, successful children. 475 Liverpool Rd, London N7 8PG. 020 7697 City of London Academy Islington At COLAI we provide an exceptional level 0123 of pastoral care, academic education and www.smmacademy.org/ enrichment for every student. The Academy, Mars Montessori Bilingual Nursery which opened in September 2008, is a mixed, We are a small private nursery which offers non-selective Academy, with no religious excellent teacher ratios and care. We admit affiliation, committed to providing excellence children from the age of 18 months until the end in education and opportunities for all. We of August after their 4th birthday. Reception deliver an ambitious and creative curriculum Class in Primary School is the September term designed to develop a love of learning and an after a child’s 4th birthday. We have native intellectual curiosity amongst our students. In French teachers who deliver the French-bilingual addition to the formal curriculum, we offer a environment for the children and Chinese wealth of enrichment opportunities designed to teachers for our Introduction to Mandarin. We enhance our students’ educational experience employ fully trained Montessori teachers as and develop their cultural awareness and well as members of staff having an alternative Aldwickbury School qualification in childcare. This helps provide appreciation. Aldwickbury School is an independent Pre-Prep variety within the nursery and ensures that Prebend St,School London 8PQ. 7226 8611 and Prep forN1 boys aged020 4-13 located on the needs of our little children (1 ½ – 2 ½) are www.colai.org.uk/ the outskirts of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The carefully monitored, nurtured, and supported breadth of opportunities on offer at Aldwickbury throughout their day at school. We are open 47 Richard Cloudesley School is something we are Secondary incredibly proud of. The boys weeks a year, from 8am to 6 pm (you can arrive Welcome to Richard Cloudesley School. Webut are between 8am and 9:00 and collect your child are challenged and engaged academically analso ‘outstanding’ school for 80 pupils aged 2-19 between 4:30pm and 6 pm). benefit from a wide-ranging co-curricular years with physical disabilities and additional 4, off Collins Yard, Islington Green, London N1 programme making full use of our extensive sensory needs. Our pupils are very happy at 2XU. 020 7099 0452 grounds and facilities. The school offers boys of school and are encouraged to learn, achieve all abilities a myriad of exciting opportunities www.bilingualnurseries.com/ and be independent. developSt, their confidence and unearth 1 to Prebend London N1 8PQ. 020 7704their 8127 talents in the arts, STEM, on stage, in music

www.cloudesley.islington.sch.uk/ and on the sports field. The journey through the school prepares the boys to leave at 13 when we believe they are truly ready for senior school education. Wheathampstead Rd, Harpenden AL5 1AD. 01582 713022 www.aldwickbury.org.uk



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Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

Nuffield Health Islington Fitness & Wellbeing Gym Our modern club is more than just a gym. Recently upgraded with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, we offer dedicated training areas, exciting new boutique classes and versatile equipment for all fitness levels. So whether you’re new to exercise or training for something specific, our Technogym transformation will allow you to achieve so much more in the gym. 27 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 2SD. 0207 288 8200 www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/islington

Third Space Islington A space to focus and relax. The sculptural, curved ceiling and walls in our hot yoga studio promote calmness and serenity. Can’t spot the heaters? We use Europe’s only infrared-mirrored panels to create a range of temperatures suited to each class. 15 Esther Anne Pl, London N1 1UL. 020 7534 2820 www.thirdspace.london/islington/ Islington Boat Club Our mission statement is to inspire learning, improve health, promote socialisation and strengthen the Islington community by providing a wide range of safe and affordable water-based activities – with a focus on young people, the over-50s and people with additional needs. 16-35 Graham St, Islington, London, N1 8JX. 020 7253 0778

The Life Centre Islington The Life Centre is your retreat for self-discovery - yoga for life. One of London’s best yoga studios, The Life Centre is still our favourite online yoga community. An early adopter, instructors have really found their stride, and its schedule of classes has everything from www.islingtonboatclub.com/ slow yin to vigorous vinyasa. 1-7 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH. 020 7704 0919 www.thelifecentre.com/ 34


Barrecore Islington Our unique Barrecore Method is recognized as one of the fastest, safest and most effective body transformation exercises, and has been publicly endorsed by some of the world’s biggest celebrities and influencers including Claudia Schiffer, Pippa Middleton, Rita Ora and Poppy Delevingne. Our Islington studio is located right on Upper Street, midway between Angel and Islington tube stations. 90-92 Upper St, London N1 0NP. 020 7288 1441 www.barrecore.com/locations/Islington Islington Yoga Islington Yoga was founded in 2000. We teach Shadow Yoga, a dynamic form of Hatha Yoga developed by Sundernath, and Emma Balnaves. Introductory Courses are offered for beginners, providing a sound foundation for the yoga practice, as well as weekly classes, intensive courses, workshops and retreats for experienced students. Individual practice classes and courses are available for those wishing to cultivate and/or deepen their own practice. 98b St Paul St, London N1 7DF. 020 8533 5553 www.islingtonyoga.com/ Pilates Central Pilates Central is a short bus ride from the Angel tube station on Islington High Street. So if you’re looking for a Pilates studio in Islington you’ve come to the right place. We tailor your sessions to suit you to ensure you can really benefit from our classes. Colebrooke House, 10-12 Gaskin Street, London N1 2RY. 020 7288 8080 www.pilatescentral.co.uk/ Islington Pilates Pilates is a strength building technique. It is within the control where you will become powerful in your movement, helping you realign with your body, mind and entire internal system. Pilates primarily focuses on spinal health, spinal mobility and recruiting strength from the deep core muscles which then propels the body to perform good movement patterns. The Dance Studio at Platform, Hornsey Road Baths 2 Tiltman Place, London N7 7EE. 07763 369870

Angelica Retreat We love welcoming new clients, whether you are a skincare and beauty obsessive or just starting out on your journey – see us as a friendly and informative face in what can often be an overwhelming and intimidating industry. Our wonderful treatments are carried out by the spa’s highly trained therapists who are incredibly passionate about skincare, body treatments and wellness. Prioritise yourself and your well-being. Let us be your new skincare and beauty experts! 104 Islington High St, London N1 8EG. 020 7354 1805 www.angelicaretreat.co.uk/ Cally Pool & Gym Situated in the west of the Borough of Islington near Kings Cross. It has a 25-metre pool, a 20-metre teaching pool, a gym overlooking both pools and a sauna suite. It offers something for everyone and there are several memberships that are available, including our student membership. There is also a wide range of swimming lessons available that cater for all ages and abilities. 229 Caledonian Rd, London N1 0NH. 020 7278 4676 www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/islington hird Space Islington Close to home: luxury training in the heart of Islington. State of the art facilities, London’s best trainers and, for the first time, a separate, dedicated space for families – Little Space. At the heart of the club: a 7000 square foot arena of flexible training. World-class equipment includes a custom-built track, athletic rig, and performance cardio areas with Myzone heartrate connectivity to help you train with precision. Slip into infinity-level water under a sculpted ceiling of light. Our 20m adult pool has 6 generous lanes designed for performance. The latest ultra-violet filtration technology works like sunlight to keep the water permanently purified. 15 Esther Anne Place, London N1 1UL. 020 7534 2820 www.thirdspace.london/islington/




Local Restaurants

Frederick’s Having celebrated its 50th birthday in 2019 we are now proud to be a full pack of cards. Frederick’s is a relaxed, contemporary restaurant and bar with many private dining options. Serving modern European food with familiar yet focused service and an enviable wine list. Frederick’s continues to be run by the Segal family and is proud to be regarded as an Islington Institution. 106 Camden Passage, London N1 8EG. 020 7359 2888

Yipin China A traditional Chinese cuisine, utilising Hunanese curing and smoking techniques in our signature dry wok dishes. We serve authentic dishes and offer a friendly service to ensure you receive a true traditional dining experience. 70-72 Liverpool Rd, London N1 0QD. 020 7354 3388 www.yipinchina.co.uk/

Ottolenghi Islington Ottolenghi Islington is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, located opposite the Almeida, is a pre-theatre favourite. Reservations are taken for dinner but not during the day – try to make it extra early if you are planning on a weekend brunch. This is both a deli and restaurant, seating about 50 people. Tables are mostly long and communal but there are a handful of tables for two. 287 Upper St, London N1 2TZ. 020 7288 1454

Smokehouse Smokehouse Islington opened its doors in August 2013 to much critical acclaim. We’ve won our fair share of plaudits but our philosophy is still the same. Offer the best and most original smoked and grilled food in London, have the best beer list in London (20 on tap, 60 in the bottle) and source wine from small family-owned vineyards only. We work with the best farms in the UK and butcher our meat on site to create a specials board bursting with coal-grilled prime cuts and slow-cooked specialities. 63-69 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2DG. 020 7354 1144






Bellanger A relaxed, all day Café, Bar and Brasserie on Islington Green from restaurateurs Corbin & King, the team behind The Wolseley. With refreshed interiors and an informal, more casual style, Bellanger has returned to North London. Our all-day menu features French brasserie classics such as Coq au Riesling, Confit De Canard and Steak Frites et Salade. Sandwiches, salads, Croques, eggs and Tarte Flambées are offered along with a choice of fromage, desserts and glaces to finish. 9 Islington Green, London N1 2XH. 020 7499 6776 www.bellanger.co.uk/ Le Sacre Coeur We’re a traditional French bistro tucked away in the heart of Angel, Islington. Our cosy, warm and welcoming quaint bistro is one of the oldest French restaurants in the area and has built up an astounding reputation over the years for our authentic, indulgent menu. At Le Sacré Coeur we create an undisturbed and classy environment centred around incredible food and impeccable service. Looking for a tasty lunch or an unforgettable dinner? Try Le Sacré Coeur. 18 Theberton St, London N1 0QX. 020 7354 2618 www.lesacrecoeurbistro.co.uk/ Saponara Since 1989 award winning delicatessen Saponara offers authentic Italian food in the heart of Islington a perfect destination for food lovers in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Fresh dough prepared every day by our skilled Pizzaioli, stone baked pizza,Italian deli, thin, crispy and delicious all you can find at N1 Islington. 23 Prebend St, London N1 8PF. 020 7226 2771 www.saponarapizzeria.co.uk/ Delaterra We are a cosy and charming restaurant that serves delicious home cooked food with many vegan options available. Our experienced staff are very welcoming and friendly and will ensure you receive a first-class dining experience. 31 Essex Rd, London N1 2SN. 07760 869036 www.delaterra.co.uk/

Little Georgia Islington Welcome to Little Georgia, London’s authentic Georgian restaurants, where you can enjoy traditional & delicious home-made Georgian dishes. If you are searching for a different cuisine in London, and have never visited a Georgian restaurant, then Little Georgia is the perfect choice. 14 Barnsbury Rd, London N1 0HB. 020 7278 6100 www.littlegeorgia.co.uk/ Radici Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei opened Radici with D&D London in his local neighbourhood of Islington in the spring of 2017. Set just off Upper Street on the former site of Almeida, translating from the Italian as ‘roots’, Radici is a trattoria celebrating the rustic, humble food of the Mezzogiorno, Francesco’s home region. Fellow Southern Italian chef Giuseppe Cafaro runs the kitchen on a day-to-day basis, having previously worked for Francesco at l’Anima and Sartoria for many years. 30 Almeida St, London N1 1AD. 020 7354 4777 www.radici.uk/ The Blue Legume London Welcome! We at Blue Legume are here to give you the best dining experience we can. From breakfast to brunch, lunch, and dinner, we make all our food from scratch and to order. We use the finest fresh, free range and organic ingredients to create the best taste experience. 177 Upper St, London N1 1RG. 020 4501 2701 www.bluelegume.co.uk/ Gem Restaurant Gem Restaurant is the UK’s first Turkish / Kurdish / Greek restaurant bringing you all 3 of the greatest cuisines under one roof. All our food is cooked and prepared daily on the premises and sourced locally from independent family run suppliers which is why Gem Restaurant stands out from all the others. Our newly refurbished authentic Anatolian style decor throughout the restaurant makes Gem Restaurant the perfect place for a relaxed and friendly dining experience. 265 Upper Street London N1 2UQ. 020 7359 0405 www.gemrestaurant.org.uk/



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Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.



Islington Community Group www.facebook.com/groups/743308202528264/ Islington!!! www.facebook.com/groups/2251896624 Islington - A Pictorial History www.facebook.com/groups/681210132047714 Everything Islington www.facebook.com/groups/1680354965587354

Islington Now www.twitter.com/islingtonnow?lang=en Islington for women www.twitter.com/Islington4Women Islington Friends of the Earth www.twitter.com/isfoe Caxton House www.twitter.com/CaxtonHouse



Help and support from your local Council You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax. Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Islington Town Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.islington.gov.uk



Planning & Building Control Unsure which services you need? If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do. Please note that many developments will require both.

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access • change the density of development in an area • use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties • have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural What is planning? quality of any building work, in areas Planning is the process of deciding such as safety, public health, accessibility, whether a proposed development should and the materials used. Most substantial go ahead or not. It uses national and local building projects (such as an extension, policies to consider the development in its knocking down walls or converting context and may look at the impact of the a garage or loft) will need Building work on neighbours and the wider Regulations approval. community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed www.islington.gov.uk/planning/buildinginfrastructure (such as drains, transport control and schools). You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following: • create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building • affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties • affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes • work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas www.hamptons.co.uk


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