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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In London Islington

For anyone planning a move to or within Islington in inner London, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic part of London.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Islington's famous areas include Archway, The Angel, Finsbury Park and Islington 

Islington has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different properties to call home, from brilliantly located apartments, period terrace houses and innovative new builds to  executive housing, family townhouses and apartments. 

"Islington’s Victorian homes and quiet backstreets, popular with families and liberal politicos, contrast with its commercial heart. A well-heeled crowd frequents Upper Street's indie stores and Camden Passage antiques market by day, and trendy pubs and eateries at night. Dance performances at Sadler’s Wells, plays at the Almeida Theatre, and performances at the Union Chapel church are part of the vibrant arts scene." Visit London

Islington is located in the heart of London, with Haringey to the north, Hackney to the east, The City to the south and Camden to the west. 

Many famous figures have previously called Islington home, including George Orwell, Naomi Harris, Gillian Anderson and Thomas Cromwell! 

For more fun facts about figures about Islington  and the surrounding areas of Islington , scroll down to our Islington  feature page! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Islington, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Islington  (or you already live in Islington  but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Islington  there is a big choice of high quality Islington  schools, with a number of the Islington ’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

Islington ’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In Islington UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Islington and in the suburbs of Archway, The Angel and Finsbury Park by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in ISLINGTON, some of the best of which being:



The Lyceum School

Shoreditch, London, England, EC2A 2DU

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-11 Years, Day

The Lyceum is a unique, co-educational independent school in the heart of the City of London (EC2) for children between the ages of 4-11. It is a happy place where learning is rich, fulfilling and exciting.

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St Paul’s Cathedral School

City of London, London, England, EC4M 9AD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

St Paul’s aims to instil a love of learning through a broad curriculum. It aims to give each pupil the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, personally, physically, culturally and spiritually.

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Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In London, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In London, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In London, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In Islington, England, UK

The most popular neighbourhoods in the Islington  area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Islington, Islington, UK (12,400)

>  Holloway, Islington, UK (41,300)

>  Highbury, Islington, UK (22,000)

> Bunhill, Islington, UK (20,300) 

>  Finsbury Park, Islington, UK (14,300)

>  Caledonian, Islington, UK (13,900)

>  St Mary’s, Islington, UK (13,900)

>  Angel, Islington, UK (13,500)

>  Junction, Islington, UK (13,400)

>  Tollington, Islington, UK (13,200)

>  Mildmay, Islington, UK (12,900)

>  Hillrise, Islington, UK (12,700)

>  St George’s, Islington, UK (12,400)

>  Barnsbury, Islington, UK (12,000)

>  Canonbury, Islington, UK (12,000)

>  St Peter’s, Islington, UK (11,900)

>  Clerkenwell, Islington, UK (11,500)




Islington is a very popular place to live and many people move to Islington each year, or to near Islington  and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Islington are looking for a  bustling and vibrant location with endless opportunities to choose from. Deciding to relocate to Islington  in order to enjoy a different pace of life of the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Islington, England UK

> FACT 1: Islington has enough restaurants to eat at a different one every day! A foodie heaven, this London borough offers everything from exquisite asian dishes, vibrant caribbean street food and staple Mediterranean feasts.

> FACT 2: The Angel Tube station, in north Islington, features the third tallest escalator in Europe. Watch your step as you ascend up to 60 metres high and just hope that they dont stop working as that is a long walk up…

> FACT3: 12 Grimmauld Place, the famous location of Sirius Black’s familial residence in the Harry Potter film Order of the Phoenix, is located in Islington! Just a short walk up from King’s Cross Station where you can snap a picture next to platform 9 ¾

> FACT 4: Recognise the name ‘The Angel Islington’? That may be because it is an original monopoly property, a proud member of the ‘light blues’!

> FACT 5: Visit the King’s Head Theatre and enjoy a pint at the second oldest operating pub theatre in the UK, it first opened in 1970 and shows plays and comedies for those wanting to combine their love of theatre and food.

> FACT 6: Islington is the home of Arsenal FC and has been in the borough for over 100 years! Visit the Emirates Stadium in Holloway for a chance to see one of the famous players.

> FACT 7: Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide, has previously stated that he based much of the series on people that he came across whilst strolling through the borough. It is rumoured that Islington is the location where characters Arthur Dent and Trillian meet at a party - just before she is swept away by Zaphod Beeblebrox.

> FACT 8: Granita, a former restaurant on Upper Street is rumoured to be the location for the infamous ‘Blair-Brown Deal’. The deal was struck on the basis that Brown would stand down from the Labour leadership contest and in return, Blair would grant him wide powers over domestic policy when he became PM.

> FACT 9: Islington is known for its diversity. Many Italians moved over to the popular borough in the 1850s and Islington is known to many as London’s “little Italy”. Whilst many Irish immigrants also relocated, now Islington has the second highest population of Irish immigrants in London.

> FACT 10: Islington used to receive fresh water from a 40 mile canal based in Hertfordshire. In fact, it was one of the first London Boroughs to gain this luxury.

Where To Live In Islington, UK

Islington and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, mansion, with or without granny annex, garden or courtyard. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

For central city living, Islington and the areas near Islington are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Alwynes Islington, Canonbury Park Islington, South Duncan Terrace Islington, Highbury Place Islington, Richmond Crescent Islington, Thornhill Square Islington, Church Row Islington, Camden Place Islington, Chalcot Crescent Islington, Makepeace Avenue Islington, Flask Walk Islington, Kelly Street Islington, Colebrooke Row Islington, Bishops Avenue Islington

Commuting To And From Islington By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Islington is especially popular with those who have offices based in London and are happy to commute into the centre for the majority of the week. .

Others are happy to commute regularly to The City of London, Canary Wharf, Westminster, The West End and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Islington To City of London: The City is about 2 miles by road from Islington via the A1 and driving to the centre of The City from Islington normally takes under 15 minutes. There is a very regular bus service to The City from Islington, with buses taking from 20 minutes to 30 minutes to get to The City.

> Islington To Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf is about 5 miles by road from Islington via the A1202 and driving to the centre of Canary Wharf from Islington normally takes under 30 minutes. There is a very regular bus service to Canary Wharf from Islington, with buses taking from 45 minutes to 50 minutes to get to Canary Wharf.

> Islington To Westminster: Westminster is about 4 miles by road from Islington via the A1 and driving to the centre of Westminster from Islington normally takes under 20 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Westminster from Islington, with tubes taking from 30 minutes via the Victoria Line to get to Westminster.

> Islington To The West End: The West End is about 3 miles by road from Islington via the A501 and driving to the centre of The West End from Islington normally takes under 15 minutes. There is a very regular bus service to The West End from Islington, with buses taking from 30 minutes to get to The West End.



Nearest Airports To Islington, UK

The nearest airport to Islington is London City International Airport (LCY) which is 7 miles away. Other nearby airports include London Heathrow (LHR) (under 15 miles), London Gatwick (LGW) (under 26 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (under 26 miles).




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