Islington Area Guide for Businesses

An enviable place to live and work, attracting talent to your office in Islington is sure to be a piece of cake.

“Deus Per Omnia: God pervades all things”

– Islington Borough motto

Islington, the favoured hangout of creatives and so-called ‘hipsters’, is a trendy and eclectic neighbourhood that somehow manages to walk the fine line between posh and ‘street’, earning Islington the moniker ‘Bobo’ (‘bourgeois bohemian’).

The Borough of Islington has an estimated current population of around 216,000, having merged Islington with Finsbury in 1965. Nonetheless, the Borough of Islington is still the second-smallest borough in London (and the third-smallest district in England!).

Just four miles from the centre of London, Islington is a veritable hub of activity in the creative and tech industries. An enviable place to live and work, attracting talent to your office in Islington is sure to be a piece of cake. Particularly, that is, if you can offer the kind of striking environment that can be found at Needspace? Islington’s St Mark’s Studios offices. The stunning restored listed building, complete with impressive Grecian-style pillars outside and sleek modern interiors, combined with exceptional, fully-customisable office space in Islington makes St Mark’s Studios a business location with a difference.

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Islington Transport Links

Information for Businesses in Islington: Facts and Stats

Office Space in Islington

Networking in Islington

Best Restaurants in Islington

Other Ideas for Client Entertainment in Islington

A Bit Of Islington History

Islington is very well-served by public transport. Frequent and plentiful bus routes run through the area, and it is similarly easy to reach by tube. Holloway Road, Caledonian Road, Highbury & Islington and Angel will all see you right in the heart of Islington. St Mark’s Studios is situated just 5 minutes’ walk from Holloway Road.

Unlike many other areas of London, Islington is easily accessible by road. The A1 runs right into Islington, and it’s a short hop outwards to the North Circular, M25 and M1.

Information for Businesses in Islington: Facts and Stats

Despite its modest size, Islington has a formidable economic presence, with one of the highest business startup rates in London and providing 255,000 jobs across 20,130 enterprises. These enterprises are spread over a total of 22,405 workplace units (both Islington office space and other types of workspace, such as Islington studios to let, and workshops).

Over 20% of enterprises based in Islington are in the Information & Communication industries, with the Finance & Insurance industries coming in a close second. There are over 6,000 creative companies operating in Islington, accounting for around 32,000 jobs.

Those working in Islington command an average of £773.90 gross weekly pay, in no small part due to the type of industries that dominate the Islington local economy. 32.1% of workers in Islington are in professional occupations, and a further 23.7% are associate professionals or in technical roles.

Office Space in Islington

As such an affluent and creative area of London, attaining office space in Islington which reflects the ethos of your innovative company is a priority. That’s why the attractive, modern Needspace? Islington offices in St Mark’s Studios building are fully-customisable. Our clients are able to put their own stamp on their Islington office space, request office furniture from us, and benefit from unparalleled levels of support and service from our dedicated on-site centre manager and reception. 

At Needspace?, we know our clients value the importance of making a memorable impression, hence the sleek design of communal areas and reception area. These areas are kept to the highest standards of cleanliness and maintenance, all included as part of your monthly licence fee.

We even offer on-site shower facilities and bike racks so every member of your team can maintain their health and wellbeing with regular exercise and eco-friendly commuting by bicycle. Our outdoor terrace is perfectly suited for a little fresh air and sunlight during your breaks, and communal tea and coffee point makes it easy to enjoy a relaxing chat with colleagues away from your desk.

Good offices to let in Islington can be hard to come by, but with Needspace? you get so much more for your money than elsewhere in the area, all wrapped up in one, affordable monthly fee. Our flexible contracts ask for just a minimum of three months, so you’re never tied down to a long lease and maintain control over the direction your business takes at all times.

Networking in Islington

Making your mark as part of the Islington business community is as important to the development of your company as all the other work you do. Luckily, Islington has a range of networking groups and regular events to help you cement your place and grow those all-important business connections.

Here are just a few that you might like to check out:

The Athena Network Islington Group

1230 Business Networking Lunches

BNI Islington

The Islington Chamber of Commerce (ICoC)

The Best of Islington

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Where to Entertain Clients in Islington

Best Restaurants in Islington


Set within a Grade II listed building on Upper Street, Islington, SKÅL offers Nordic dining at its best. Their authentic Scandinavian ethos is underpinned by a commitment to ‘husmanskost’, a term which means traditional home cooked Swedish food. The family-run restaurant offers a casual dining experience combined with exquisite quality food and cocktails.

Afghan Kitchen

A long-running fixture, Afghan Kitchen overlooks Islington Green and is a true favourite with locals to the area. The capsule menu of authentic Afghan home cooking is best enjoyed with a group, sharing dishes across the table over a few beers. The sparse, clean interiors add to the relaxed vibe of this great little spot in the heart of Islington.


Running since the 1960s, Frederick’s is both ritzy and buzzing; a real Islington institution. Modern European food and a very tempting wine list make Frederick’s an excellent choice for entertaining clients in Islington.

Bababoom Islington

Not your average kebab joint! Bababoom is the sort of fast food restaurant you can enjoy without the guilt. Not only is the food on offer filling and delicious, there are also plenty of healthy options to choose from – including veggie and vegan menu items.


Celebrity chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, has already got two upmarket restaurants. Ottolenghi is his cafe-deli restaurant offering, and is no less appealing. From salads to cooked dishes, mouth-watering breakfasts and cakes and pastries, you’re simply spoiled for choice at this handsome and attractive Islington eaterie.

Other Ideas for Client Entertainment in Islington

With the rest of the capital on your doorstep, you’ll find no shortage of places to take clients. But if you want to keep it local, there are plenty of things to do in Islington itself.

Angel Comedy Club

Split between venues, the Camden Head and The Bill Murray, Angel Comedy Club plays host to some of the UK’s leading comedy acts, as well as up-and-comers from London and beyond. 

The Crystal Maze Experience

If you’re looking for some lively, interactive fun, then The Crystal Maze Experience in Islington is pretty much exactly that. An extremely popular attraction, tickets sell quickly, and not without good reason. A truly unforgettable experience, this team challenge is great for bonding with colleagues as much as entertaining (certain types of) clients!

O2 Academy, Islington

Music, comedy and club venue, the O2 Academy in Islington, is a great choice for an evening out with clients, colleagues, or anyone else for that matter! Whatever you’re into, there’s an event for you. Just check the listings to find out what’s coming up.

Almeida Theatre

The Almeida began life as a literary and scientific society. Now, it is an Islington institution, a theatre that takes the Arts very seriously. Outstanding productions, featuring the next generation of great British artists, are the bread and butter of the Almeida – an absolute must-visit for culturally-inclined visitors.

Sadler’s Wells

Speaking of culture, Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading dance-focused performing arts venue. From ballet to modern and more avant garde performances, some of the world’s biggest names in dance have performed at Sadler’s Wells. Running since 1683, this is a true London landmark that everyone should visit at least once.


A Bit Of Islington History

The Saxons were the first to name Islington, though its original name – first recorded in 1005 – was ‘Giseldone’, which means ‘Gisla’s Hill’. Over time, this name mutated with the language to become ‘Islington’ as we know it today.

Islington has been popular with the wealthy and well-heeled since the 1500s, given its (then) rural atmosphere with easy access to the City. Even as the area has become increasingly urbanised over the centuries, it has remained a generally well-to-do area, though not universally across the borough.

Islington’s cultural significance has also been long-standing. Music and dancing has been a popular activity – particularly along Upper Street – since the 18th century around the ale-halls and taverns. The 19th century brought with it many music halls and theatres, such as the Collins’ Music Hall (part of which remained a theatre until 1958). The Islington Literary and Scientific Society first met on Upper Street in 1833 and has evolved into the famous Almeida Theatre.

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