New Build Investor Guide – Islington
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Islington is one of 12 inner London boroughs and is located in north London. Spanning nearly 6 miles², it is the second smallest London borough and third smallest district in England. The borough borders the City of London, Hackney, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Camden. It includes the districts Angel, Clerkenwell, Finsbury Park, Highbury, Kings Cross and many more.
Regent’s Canal in Angel
Islington’s population is forecast to grow by nearly 5% by 2030
|Forecast Population 2030||249,455|
Economically Active Population
A largely young, diverse, mobile population.
|Age Range||Percentage of population|
|16 – 64||75%|
Average Life Expectancy
The average life expectancy for those born in Islington between 2016 and 2018:
|Males||80 (UK average is 79)|
|Females||83 (UK average is 83)|
Population Density (2011)
Islington is the 2nd most densely populated local authority in England, with 16,321 people per km2.
International Migration (2018-19)
9,466 new residents from overseas, the 5th highest of all London boroughs.
Country of Birth
|Location of Birth||Proportion of Population|
|UK and Ireland||67%|
Crime & Safety
|Crime Numbers (April 2017 – March 2018)||31,452|
|Crime rate per 1,000 population (April 2017 -March 2018)||135|
|Islington has the 4th highest crime rate per 1,000 people of all London borough’s|
|Primary Schools||58 (13 of which have an Ofsted rating of outstanding)|
|Secondary Schools||20 (8 of which have an Ofsted rating of outstanding)|
|Schools and Colleges (16-18 years)||17 (7 of which have an Ofsted rating of outstanding)|
London Metropolitan University
City, University of London
The Whittington Hospital
Moorfields Eye Hospital
|Population considering themselves in very good health||52%|
|Population considering themselves in very bad health||2%|
Employment & Economy
77% of working aged people employed (compared to 75% across England 74% across London).
Top 4 Sectors of Employment
|Finance, banking and insurance||27%|
|Public administration, education and health||26%|
|Transport and communication||16%|
|Distribution, hotels and restaurants||15%|
In 2020, there were over 115 companies the borough employing more than 250 people and 400 companies employing between 50 and 249 people. (source: nomisweb.co.uk)
Jobs and Job density
Aproximately 26,657 residents of Islington also work in the borough. 111,643 people travel into the borough each day for work and 53,174 residents work outside the borough. The daytime population of borough therefore increases by 58,469 people each day. (source: data.london.gov.uk).
|Median Gross Annual Pay for full-time employee jobs (2017)||£31,365|
|Number of jobs in the borough (2019)||92,000|
|Jobs per resident||0.49 (London average 1.03 and UK average 0.87)|
Source: nomisweb.co.uk and data.london.gov.uk
|Number of residential properties in Islington||107,490|
Property Ownership (2018)
|own property outright (no mortgage)||15%|
|own property with mortgage||15%|
|rent from a Housing Authority or the Local Authority||38%|
|rent from a private landlord (representing approximately 33,300 private rentals)||32%|
|Household with no car or van (2011)||65%|
|One person households||39%|
|One family households||44%|
|Other (sharers / students etc)||17%|
Average House Prices
House prices in Islington are the 7th most expensive of all London boroughs. Islington saw the the third highest average price growth of the inner London borough’s.
|Average achieved price January 2020||£665,846|
|Average achieved price January 2021||£712,428|
Volume of Sales
During the COVID pandemic, the number of property transactions fell by 23%.
|Number of residential sales to year ending September 2019||1,875|
|Number of residential sales to year ending September 2020||1,480|
Achieved Rents (January to December 2020)
Mean monthly average rents in the borough:
|London Median Rents
(per calendar month)
(per calendar month)
The Emirates Station, home of Arsenal Football Club
New Build Developments in Islington
Several notable developments in Islington are currently on the market, many of which have been launched in Asia and the Middle East.
250 City Road (Berkeley)
|Total Number of Apartments||930 (616 private)|
|First Launched||January 2015|
Average Prices – 250 City Road
|Price per ft²||£1,031||£1,411||£2,194|
City North (Telford)
|Total Number of Apartments||355 (308 private)|
|First Launched||Sept 2013|
Average Prices – City North
|Price per ft²||£548||£857||£1,102|
Kings Square (London Borough of Islington)
|Total Number of Apartments||140 (42 private)|
|First Launched||August 2020|
Average Prices – Kings Square
|Price per ft²||£958||£1,044||£1,134|
Environment & Leisure
Facilities in Islington include:
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
10 Parks and gardens
7 leisure centres
3 nature reserves including Parkland Walk, London’s longest nature reserve
The tech hub of Old Street
Islington’s underground and overground stations are in Zones 1 and 2.
|Caledonian Road & Barnsbury||Cannonbury|
|Crouch Hill||Drayton Park|
|Finsbury Park||Highbury & Islington|
|Old Street||Upper Holloway|
|Angel (Northern line)||Archway (Northern line)|
|Arsenal (Piccadilly line)||Caledonian Road (Piccadilly line)|
|Farringdon (Hammersmith and City, Circle, Metropolitan lines)||Finsbury Park (Victoria line)|
|Highbury and Islington (Victoria line)||Holloway Road (Piccadilly line)|
|Old Street (Northern line)||Tufnell Park (Northern line)|
The Labour Party