Author Archives: Adam Becket

Shoreditch Grind licence plans delayed

A popular espresso bar and restaurant has been forced to prolong its wait for a late night music licence after a council hearing over the issue has been delayed. Shoreditch Grind is looking to be able to play recorded music past 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights, when it is open until 1am. This requires an

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Islington’s secret LGBT history

There is a rich history of LGBT+ action in Islington, from the first gay rights demonstration in the 1970s to the first openly gay MP. The first openly transgender Labour councillor to be elected, Osh Gantly (Highbury East), is just one of the latest milestones passed in the borough. 2017 is a very important year

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5 places to go for Waffle Day in Islington

Ahead of Waffle Day this weekend, Islington Now went to discover the best places to have a waffle-off in the heart of Islington. Here are our findings, try them all!   CrepeAffaire – 51-53 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA CrepeAffaire offers four types of waffle at competitive prices, ranging from ‘Plain & Simple’ (just icing sugar)

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Mother’s day in Islington: what are you going to do?

Ahead of Mother’s Day this weekend, Islington Now spoke some people around Islington about their plans (or lack of) for the day itself. Faruk, 23 – “I knew that it was coming this weekend. I’m not going to do anything special for it, I’ll probably get her some gifts as I work in retail. Things

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Will Holloway’s rich history survive gentrification?

If Highbury Corner is Islington’s beating heart, then the Holloway Road is its aorta, the main artery through which people and traffic are funneled through the borough. The name, Hollow Way, comes from the ‘hollow’ that cattle made in the road as they made their way from the countryside to the markets of London. The

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7 best pubs of Islington

We’ve taken on the mission of finding the best pubs in Islington. After much taste-testing, ambiance-feeling and a few hangovers,  here are our favourites: 1) The Earl of Essex, Angel Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Angel is The Earl of Essex, a gem of a pub near the Regent’s Canal. It is barely

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