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Islington is an inner borough of London, England. It is located directly north of the City of London. Part of the historic county of Middlesex, it includes the areas of Finsbury Park, Upper Holloway, Highbury, Holloway, Islington, and Clerkenwell. The present borough was established in 1965 through the amalgamation of the former metropolitan boroughs of Islington and Finsbury.
By the late 18th century, Islington rapidly developed as a residential suburb. During this time, you could find elegant Georgian and Victorian squares in Barnsbury and Canonbury. The Upper Street and Lower Street which is now Essex Road became busy shopping centres. During the 1840s, most of Islington became a ‘walking suburb.’ A walking suburb is similar to a dormitory town, but during this time thousands of clerks walked to work in the city of London. Street traders came to Chapel Market.
In 1872, the Highbury and Islington station opened which then transformed Islington into a typical commuter suburb. As the middle-classes were choosing to move out of central London, this turned Islington into a working-class area.
Islington suffered wartime bomb damage and experienced post-war depopulation. In the late 1950s when the process of gentrification began, the middle-classes came back. They restored and revived the square as well as the whole community.
At present, Islington is full of opportunities but can be a tough place to live in. Based on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights released in 2018, Islington stands on the extremes of being an unequal city.
With over 233,200 people living in Islington, most of its residents are the working class from ages 20-39. Almost all of the young population live in poverty. Islington has the third-highest child poverty rate in London. Meanwhile, only 9 per cent of the total population of Islington are over 65. Still, Islington ranks the fourth nationally in terms of older people living on low incomes.
The suburb of Islington has some of the most expensive properties as well as the wealthiest people in the UK. Yet, many residents are struggling to make ends meet. It was reported that neighbourhoods in each ward of Islington are part of the 20 percent poorest in England.
Despite these numbers, the service sector dominates the economy of Islington. There is also manufacturing, traditional craft shops in the Clerkenwell district, an antique market in Camden Passage, and the shops and chic restaurants at Upper Street.
Unfortunately, Islington has the least green space per head of population. But this should not deter you from seeking fresh air and patches of green when in Islington. If you are looking for a different kind of experience such as being in the presence of flowers, then you can head to the local Islington flower shop, London City Florist.
This local independent Islington flower shop offers same-day delivery. This Islington florist is also creative floral design and floral arrangement expert. The flower shop features a team of floral arrangement experts from Islington that love and admire the beauty and art of floral design.
You can see from our pre-designed collection the artistry and craftsmanship involved in each of our products. All of our Islington flowers are fresh. The Islington flowers come from the best local sources to support small businesses and the floral industry as a whole.