Islington: A Short Guide
Located directly north of the historic City of London, the borough of Islington consists of Archway, Canonbury, Clerkenwell, Finsbury Park, Holloway Highbury, St. Luke’s, and the titular district. It’s home turf for Arsenal Football Club, with the Emirates Stadium welcoming many football fans throughout the season. Islington also has a variety of independent theatres and an array of restaurants, pubs and bars.
The history of Islington
Originally named by the Saxons as Giseldone (1005), then Gislandune (1062), the name means ‘Gīsla’s hill’ from the Old English Gīsla and dun ‘hill’, ‘down’. This mutated into Isledon, which was used well into the 17th century, before the area became officially known as Islington at its formation in 1899. It’s the second smallest borough in London and the third smallest district in England.
Culture and politics
Islington is known for its art culture, with high-end galleries and theatres dotted around the borough. Here you’ll find Almeida Theatre, the Little Angel Theatre and Sadler’s Wells which boasts a history dating back over 300 years. These buildings have helped create a theatre hub away from the traditional, bustling West End. Islington also houses the London Canal Museum, Union Chapel and the London Metropolitan University.
The borough is a popular area for young, progressive individuals and has a rich history of radical left-wing politics. Jeremy Corbyn, member of parliament for Islington North since 1983 was responsible for leading the Labour party from 2015-2020, and is representative of the neighbourhood.
A rich and diverse borough
Islington is a densely populated and diverse region of London, with different social classes living in close proximity. Around 233,200 people live in Islington, with a significant proportion of these aged between 20 and 39. While ethnic minorities, including African and Afro-Caribbean groups, make up one-fifth of the residents in the borough.
There are over 15,300 registered businesses in Islington — 89% of which employ less than nine people (the London average). The dominant industries in the borough are professional services and the scientific and technical sectors, which represent 22% of all employment. Islington also has a thriving and resourceful voluntary sector that supports thousands of citizens in the borough. Together, these businesses and initiatives create large amounts of commercial waste for Bywaters to manage and dispose of.
Consequently, this leaves our team with a lot on our plate, but our drive to improve recycling rates pushes us forward. In Islington, we cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a theatre showing the latest production or an office complex generating coffee cups or food waste, we can give you the right waste solution for your company needs.