From the contemporary apartment buildings and buzzing shopping hub of Angel to the leafy Georgian squares, Islington’s diversity appeals to residents from all walks of life. The past few years have seen its popularity boom, and prospective buyers are queuing up to gain any sort of foothold in the neighbourhood. Islington residents are frequently spotted searching for antiques in the Camden Passage, and in between tucking into some of the tasty international street food from Exmouth Market, or sipping cocktails in a not so secret bar. Although it is only about 10 minutes from the centre of London and is now home to a fair amount of chains, Islington has succeeded to maintain its authentic character, as well as many of the individual and unique shops, bars, and restaurants. Islington's well-established art venues and theatres have been popular since the early days of the area, and continue to showcase the very best of British drama, art, and dance.