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You're never hungry in Islington
Member Name: Cinders
Date: 27/08/00, updated on 27/08/00 (131 review reads)
Advantages: Plenty to eat
Calls have been made to move The Angel Islington up the Monopoly board, I say no, because every time I buy it I feel as though I have got a real bargain.
Islington spans a huge area of London from Archway to Kings Cross, touching parts of Camden and Hackney also. Although, the area's that most people see, if they are not residents, are The Angel and Highbury.
I live at The Angel and I marvel at how it is constantly changing, becoming the restaurant capital of London, and attracting lawyers, doctors and actors into it's overpriced housing.
Islington has been a fashionable area of London for some years now, and house prices reflect this. The average price of a house in Islington is £350 000, although Tony Blair's house sold for a massive £750 000. Most of the houses are Georgian is their architecture, but if you look you'll see factory's being made into luxury flats popping up all over.
As I see it things started to change in Islington with the opening of the Royal Bank of Scotland head offices. This brought a sudden influx of hungry lunchtime traffic and the shops gladly accommodated this.
A couple of years later a rich business man saw the potential of The Angel and bought The Blue Hall, a dilapidated entertainment building, and turned it into The B usiness Design Centre. Suddenly Islington had conference traffic, and Stakis built a hotel next to the Design Centre.
London Underground saw the extra commuters travelling into The Angel, and renovated The Angel Tube station. The station was decorated with they style of the new Jubilee Line, and has the longest escalator in Europe. London Underground probably saved lives in doing this, as they took away the horrific single platform popular with suicides.
New restaurants and shops opened to cope with the ever-increasing traffic and now Islington is a busy, bohemian area, populated by people from many different backgrounds and cultures.
Although there seems to be a slump in house prices London wide, and Islington is not immune from this, the building in Islington continues. Due to open this year is a huge shopping complex, which locals fear will take trade away from Chapel Market. The complex is planned not only to have shops, and even more restaurants, but a five-screen cinema too.
Somebody commented to me the other day how we know that Islington is a major player within London now. The Hilton bought The Stakis and The Angel is now one of the few boroughs to have it's very own Hilton.
They are probably right, Islington is set to grow and grow, and with funding and belief the sky's the limit.