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London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Islington
Shown within Greater London
Status: London borough
- Total
Ranked 352nd
14.86 km²
ONS code: 00AU
- Total (2002 est.)
- Density
Ranked 78th
12,181 / km²
Ethnicity: 75.4% White
5.4% S.Asian
11.9% Afro-Carib.
1.7% Chinese
Arms of Islington London Borough Council
Islington London Borough Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive: Liberal Democrats
MPs: Jeremy Corbyn, Chris Smith
London Assembly:
- Member
North East London
- Jennette Arnold

Islington is a borough of London to the north of the City of London, west of Hackney, east of Camden, and south of Haringey. Population 179,000 (1998), ethnic minority population about 20%. It was formed in April 1965 through amalgamation of the Metropolitan Borough of Islington and the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury. It is an area of significant social contrasts (55% of population live in council housing, yet some houses of value greater than 3 million GBP). Contains one of the largest intact areas of urban Georgian architecture. Islington is also known for its shopping facilities and "trendy" restaurants, bars and clubs. Its most prominent institution is Arsenal F.C., one of the world's most successful football clubs.

The borough contains two Westminster parliamentary constituencies; Islington North and Islington South & Finsbury.

The borough includes the areas:


Famous Residents

Tony Blair, Prime Minister, once lived here (in 1 Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury). Other famous residents include the writers George Orwell and Douglas Adams, playwright Joe Orton, politician Boris Johnson, and pop musicians Dido Armstrong and David Gray.

Famous Places

Demographics of Islington

According to the 2001 census Islington has a population of 175,797. It is 75% White, 6% Black African, 5% Black Caribbean and 2% Bangladeshi. 32% of the borough's residents are owner-occupiers.


The area was recorded as Gislandune (c. 1000) and Iseldone (Domesday Book, 1086), from Old English *Gisla (man's name, genitive *Gislan) and -dun (hill, down).

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Last updated: 05-16-2005 15:06:07