Night tube breathes new life into the Borough of Islington
Islington, like many other inner London boroughs, was once a village on the outskirts of London. Islington means ‘Gisla’s hill’, and it wasn’t until the seventeenth century that it became known as ‘Islington’.
Like most parts of London, Islington has seen good times and bad times.
Islington’s identity crisis
In the middle of the twentieth century, Islington appeared to suffer from an identity crisis. It felt inferior to its northern neighbour, Canonbury. However, it could feel slightly superior to its neighbours in the east, Hackney and Shoreditch. Some parts of Islington could be described as areas of genteel poverty, while others could be described as slightly shabby.
Changes were coming
The 1960s brought change to Islington. Many of the houses in roads such as Noel Road began to attract actors and media professionals.
After Camden Passage was developed into a thoroughfare of upmarket restaurants and shops, other areas of Islington began to change.
In the early 1970s, streets such as Upper Street, once a rather run-down thoroughfare, began to see fashionable restaurants and bars open up.
Others soon followed and by the end of the century, Islington had become a major attraction to people looking for a good night out.
Islington could now boast theatres, music venues and restaurants bars, and people came from many parts of London to enjoy these attractions.
Islington was enjoying a renaissance, and things were only going to get even better.
The Night Tube boost
Before August 2016, revellers enjoying themselves in Islington’s bars, restaurants, and music venues had to keep an eye on the clock. Most tube and railway connections tended to cease around midnight. Those who came from outside London had to endure the crowds on the last trains home, or stump up a hefty fee for a cab .
The coming of the night tube has changed things for the better. The addition of all-night trains on the Victoria, Piccadilly and Northern lines on Friday and Saturday nights has made it easier for those living on the edge of London to reach Islington and enjoys its nightlife, without worrying about missing the last train home.
Highbury & Islington, Finsbury Park, and King’s Cross St. Pancras on the Victoria Line, Angel on the Northern Line, and Holloway Road on the Piccadilly Line all serve the Islington borough.
This means people from places as far away as Walthamstow, Cockfosters or Brixton will be more inclined to travel into Islington.
Since the opening of the night service, takings in the bars and restaurants close to night tube stations have seen their takings increase dramatically, and Islington has enjoyed its share of this boost in trade.
Islington is a good place to live
Islington is not only a place of entertainment and culture, it is also a great place in which to live. It has attracted many young professionals who enjoy living close to the commercial centre of London, while at the same time enjoying the experience of living in a local neighbourhood.
Islington has become one of the most sought-after places to live in London. Its mixture of new builds and traditional period properties has helped attract many buyers and tenants to the borough.