London Area Guides
Old Street Area Guide
Our area guide to Old Street gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include EC1V, EC1Y, EC2A, E2
Property Types & Architecture
Old Street is a street in Central and East London in the Borough of Islington. The nearby Brutalist Barbican centre built in the 60's and 70's is home to much of the area's residential property. New build apartments can also be found in nearby Angel.
Shopping & Entertainment
Old Street has become a favourable location for notable graffiti artists such as Banksy, who like many people may have been attracted by the breadth of artisan bakeries, coffee shops and vintage clothes shops in nearby Shoreditch. 2016 sees the beginning of a massive redevelopment project of Old Street's roundabout to modernise and improve this busy London junction, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike.
Parks & Commons
The nearby Barbican Centre has some green space centered around a lake.
Who lives here?
Those wanting to live in this area want to be close to the action with an easy commute into the City. Its proximity to Shoreditch and Hoxton are also key attractions.
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Schools in Old Street & Exam Results
Schools in Old Street fall under the Islington Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Old Street by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Old Street
Old Street Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Old Street area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Old Street Local Authorities
Old Street is is represented by Hackney Council, Islington Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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