Boroughs | Islington




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Islington comprises a range of inner London typologies, from the City fringe / Tech City in the south to the bustling Holloway Road in the north. With the second highest residential density in the capital, future development opportunities lie within the intensification of existing areas such as including around key transport hubs, the boroughs town centres as well as in the south of the borough near to the City.


Population projections 2021 245,663

Population projections 2050 267,919


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 7,750

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 465

  • Islington has the second highest population density of any London borough (14,575 people per kilometre squared compared to a London average of 5,700). The densest borough by population is Tower Hamlets with 15,702 people per km squared.
  • One of the Elizabeth line stations is at Farringdon in the south of the borough, and, in the north Finsbury Park station serves as the busiest transport interchange outside of Zone 1.
  • Islington is aiming to build 775 homes every year to meet its target of 7,750 new homes by 2029, and 13,175 homes by 2037.

Keith Townsend, Director of Environment and Regeneration

  • Housing: we are investing £60m towards building new council homes to help deliver Islington’s target of 550 new council homes by 2022, and an extra £280,000 to prevent homelessness and stop vulnerable households from becoming homeless.
  • Young citizens: despite having to make savings of almost £250 million since 2010, all libraries, children’s centres and youth hubs are protected, as are free school meals for all nursery and primary school pupils, which save families around £400 a year.
  • Environment: we aim to achieve our ambition of becoming a net zero carbon borough by 2030; by increasing the proportion of electric and hybrid vehicles in our fleet, and by encouraging residents and businesses to play their part and continue implementing changes wherever possible.
  • Employment: we are investing an extra £250,000 to create a new team of community-based outreach workers to provide vocational and employability support to vulnerable young adults, to develop their skills and get them into work.
  • Safety: we are planning on spending £239,000 on creating a rapid-response team of officers, to speed up the response process to complaints made by phone and online, to eliminate anti-social behaviour and make Islington a safer borough to work, live and visit.