Islington Area Guide
Islington is a neighbouring borough to Hackney and Camden. Originally named by the Saxons, Giseldone (in 1005), then later mutated to Isledon which was used throughout the 17th Century. Now formally known as Islington, it is a borough well known for the Camden Passage at Angel which is one of London’s best loved antiques market. Islington borough is also known for its history of wells, springs, a canal and a man-made river which brought commerce to the area since the 13th Century.
Islington is also home to many famous people such as playwright Joe Orton, sci-fi novelist Douglas Adams, singer Alexandra Burke and ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair who all lived in the borough. Islington is also famous for being one of the most restaurant-dense areas in the UK and also home to Europe’s third longest escalator.