is a district in London, England
. The area usually referred to as Islington is only part of the London Borough of Islington
. Because of its proximity to the City of London
, Islington developed as a fashionable area in the nineteenth century
, with large well-built houses. However changes in residential patterns led to a decline in its popularity, and by the mid-twentieth century it was largely run down. From about the 1980s
the district was rediscovered, and experienced a rapid process of gentrification
, becoming very popular among fashionable people, particularly of a younger generation. A number of the central figures in the New Labour
movement lived there, including Tony Blair
before his victory in the 1997 General Election
, and the district has become synonymous with a new class of left-leaning fashionable professionals, dismissed by some as "trendies".
Knife and Packer's cartoon "It's grim up North London", published in Private Eye, satirises the stereotypical Islingtonite.