London neighbourhoods: Islington Green vs Newington Green

Nestled in the heart of North London lie two desirable enclaves, Islington Green and Newington Green.

Around two miles apart at opposite ends of Essex Road, each spot has its own character and charm, vying for the attention of discerning buyers and tenants alike. Here, our property experts examine what makes each Green a desirable postcode for choosing your next home.

Islington Green: A quintessential blend of culture and connectivity

Islington Green

Islington Green, with its elegant Georgian townhouses, garden squares and an array of boutiques, cafés, and theatres, exudes a cosmopolitan allure. The area is a magnet for professionals seeking a refined urban lifestyle within arm’s reach of the City. Connectivity is a key advantage here; Angel tube station offers ultra convenient access to London’s financial districts and beyond, giving a compelling reason to settle here for those seeking convenience.

“As the focal point and beating heart of Angel, Islington Green has it all. Adjacent Upper Street and Camden Passage have enough shops, bars, and restaurants that you could never want for more, there are attractive garden squares in every direction and proximity to Regents Canal gives access to picturesque walking and running routes. Underpinning the area’s popularity is the ultra-convenient transport link from Angel station which is only a few stops from Bank.”
Christopher Morris – Partner, lettings, Cluttons Islington

Islington stands out as an area of choice for professionals and families alike. Cultural landmarks like the Almeida Theatre, Saddler’s Wells Theatre and the Screen on the Green cinema offer residents a taste of North London’s rich arts scene. Islington’s Upper Street is a culinary haven, with an eclectic mix of independent restaurants such as Le Mercury and Fredericks but also recognisable upmarket names such as Ottolenghi. Camden Passage is a mecca for antique buyers and whilst some of the retailers have been pushed out by rising rents there remains a thriving trade.

Newington Green: A vibrant hub that has soared in popularity

Turning to Newington Green, Victorian terraces are commonplace and tranquil tree lined streets create a more residential feel. It attracts a creative crowd, drawn to its independent shops and community-centric ethos. While slightly more removed from the bustle of Upper Street, Newington Green is nonetheless well-connected, with Canonbury station and numerous bus routes in close proximity.

I’ve been a fan of Newington Green since I lived in the area few years ago.  There are numerous tree-lined streets on offer such as Pyrland, Poets and Petherton Road with a variety of housing stock available.  Transport links are good and the immediate area enjoys a good mix of cafes, pubs and restaurants.  Another key highlight for me is the proximity to Green Lanes, Dalston, Stoke Newington and Upper street” James Teulon – Cluttons Islington office head & sales

The Green itself is a focal point, surrounded by some notable cafes and restaurants including Perilla, Jolene and Trattoria. Long standing and popular establishments like the Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables shop underscore the area’s commitment to local business. Newington Green is an increasingly popular pocket for those looking for a balance between community living and urban city life.

Newington Green

Green vs Green

Islington Green and Newington Green present persuasive cases and both are fiercely popular. Islington Green’s bustling streets and strategic position as well as proximity to the city and the vibrancy of the area are attractive prospects for urban living.

In contrast, Newington Green’s balanced appeal may allure those in search of community and a calmer lifestyle. For homebuyers and tenants, the area offers a peaceful retreat that still retains swift links to the City. Families and creative professionals, in particular, are drawn to the area’s unique character and sense of neighbourhood.

Average house prices

Data from Rightmove* shows that properties around Islington Green, N1 had an overall average price of £1,353,039 over the last year, and properties around Newington Green , N16* had an overall price of £860,968 over the last year.  

Both Greens serve distinct groups of buyers and tenants, and they both share a high demand for property, with there being some overlap between the two areas. Our expectation is the popularity of both areas will endure. It could be argued that Newington Green has more potential for growth, but Islington Green’s exclusive status is unlikely to change anytime soon.

And the winner is…

In the case Islington Green vs Newington Green, there is no clear victor. Instead, buyers and renters have the unenviable task of choosing between two of North London’s most sought-after destinations. It really comes down to what lifestyle you are seeking and which factors are most important to you. In the end, it may just be where your favourite spot is for a flat white.

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*Data sourced 18 April 2024.

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Islington

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Stand out from the ordinary with Cluttons estate agents

Properties to rent in Islington

Albion Street, Hyde Park, London, W2
£5,000 per week

Albion Street, Hyde Park, London, W2

Bryanston Square, Hyde Park, Marylebone, W1H
£4,250 per week

Bryanston Square, Hyde Park, Marylebone, W1H

65 Hopton Street, Southbank, London, SE1
£3,000 per week

65 Hopton Street, Southbank, London, SE1

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2
£1,995 per week

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2

St. Johns Wood Park, St Johns Wood, London, NW8
£1,950 per week

St. Johns Wood Park, St Johns Wood, London, NW8

Margaretta Terrace, Chelsea, London, SW3
£1,950 per week

Margaretta Terrace, Chelsea, London, SW3

Wapping Wall, Wapping, London, E1W
£1,900 per week

Wapping Wall, Wapping, London, E1W

Metropolitan Wharf Building, Wapping, London, E1W
£1,900 per week

Metropolitan Wharf Building, Wapping, London, E1W

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7
£1,859 per week

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7

George Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£1,850 per week

George Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Southwick Street, London, W2
£1,845 per week

Southwick Street, London, W2

King Stairs Close, Rotherhithe, London, SE16
£1,750 per week

King Stairs Close, Rotherhithe, London, SE16

Knightsbridge, London, SW1X
£1,730 per week

Knightsbridge, London, SW1X

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2
£1,595 per week

Merchant Square East, Paddington, London, W2

Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1
£1,500 per week

Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,376 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X
£1,350 per week

Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X

Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, London, W2
£1,200 per week

Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, London, W2

Finchley Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8
£1,195 per week

Finchley Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8

Montagu Place, Marylebone, London, W1H
£1,188 per week

Montagu Place, Marylebone, London, W1H

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,135 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Hill Street, Hyde Park, London, W1J
£1,100 per week

Hill Street, Hyde Park, London, W1J

Hereford Road, London, W2
£1,098 per week

Hereford Road, London, W2

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7
£1,093 per week

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7

Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair, London, W1K
£1,050 per week

Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair, London, W1K

Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3
£1,050 per week

Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3

Star Place, West Wapping , London, E1W
£1,038 per week

Star Place, West Wapping , London, E1W

King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£995 per week

King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2
£982 per week

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2

Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7
£910 per week

Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7

Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£900 per week

Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Boss Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£900 per week

Boss Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1

East Lane, Shad Thames, London, SE16
£854 per week

East Lane, Shad Thames, London, SE16

Capital Wharf, Wapping, London, E1W
£775 per week

Capital Wharf, Wapping, London, E1W

Grange Road, London Bridge, London, SE1
£750 per week

Grange Road, London Bridge, London, SE1

Curlew Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£750 per week

Curlew Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Hill Street, Mayfair, London, W1J
£740 per week

Hill Street, Mayfair, London, W1J

Seymour Street, Marylebone, Marylebone, W1H
£725 per week

Seymour Street, Marylebone, Marylebone, W1H

Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1W
£700 per week

Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1W

Robert Adam Street, Marylebone, London, W1U
£700 per week

Robert Adam Street, Marylebone, London, W1U

East Lane, Shad Thames, London, SE16
£692 per week

East Lane, Shad Thames, London, SE16

Blue Anchor Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE16
£692 per week

Blue Anchor Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE16

Dignum Street, Islington, London, N1
£692 per week

Dignum Street, Islington, London, N1

170 Copenhagen Street, Kings Cross, London, N1
£635 per week

170 Copenhagen Street, Kings Cross, London, N1

1 Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14
£635 per week

1 Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14

Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£577 per week

Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

New Crane Place, Wapping, London, E1W
£577 per week

New Crane Place, Wapping, London, E1W

Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, SW3
£575 per week

Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, SW3

Chelsea Cloisters, Chelsea, London, SW3
£550 per week

Chelsea Cloisters, Chelsea, London, SW3

King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£550 per week

King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14
£550 per week

Narrow Street, Limehouse, London, E14

Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7
£540 per week

Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7

New Quebec Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£525 per week

New Quebec Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Shad Thames, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£519 per week

Shad Thames, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Curlew Street, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£508 per week

Curlew Street, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Shad Thames, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£500 per week

Shad Thames, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Vanilla And Sesame Court, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£475 per week

Vanilla And Sesame Court, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Tarling Street, Whitechapel, London, E1
£475 per week

Tarling Street, Whitechapel, London, E1

Wapping Lane, London, E1W
£475 per week

Wapping Lane, London, E1W

Chambers Street, Shad Thames, London, SE16
£450 per week

Chambers Street, Shad Thames, London, SE16

Queens Head Street, Islington, London, N1
£438 per week

Queens Head Street, Islington, London, N1

Burr Close, Wapping, London, E1W
£425 per week

Burr Close, Wapping, London, E1W

11 Biscayne Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14
£415 per week

11 Biscayne Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14

Unicorn Building, Wapping, London, E1W
£415 per week

Unicorn Building, Wapping, London, E1W

Fulham Road, Fulham, Fulham, SW6
£312 per week

Fulham Road, Fulham, Fulham, SW6

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