Category Archives: Arts

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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Meet the author of Hornsey Road art project

Bright yellow polystyrene figures hanging off objects have appeared in Hornsey Road over the past few days. Islington Now tracked down the artist and asked him what it was all about. ‘Kit’ has been an artist for about 25 years, but prefers to remain anonymous. “I want people to look at my art, not at

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Angel Comedy Club – cheap gags!

Saving a few pennies is always a cause for celebration in London. When it comes to comedy or drama however, a common expectation is that what you pay for is what you get. So where does that leave Angel comedy club then? Angel Comedy runs free stand-up seven nights a week from a function room

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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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Pricked out: Critic explores sexuality and Shakespeare in new play

Theatre critics are notorious for their sharp wit and acerbic style. Writers such as Michael Billington of The Guardian and Ben Brantley of the New York Times are known for their reluctance to take prisoners.   It takes a brave critic to take up a pen and write a play, knowing it will be judged

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Sex, murder and betrayal: Who were the real Borgia family?

It’s well-known among history buffs and the average TV viewer alike that the Borgias were the most notorious family of Renaissance Italy. Originally outsiders from Spain, they clawed their way to power by ruthlessly murdering anyone who got in their way, and brokering powerful alliances between Italy’s powerful noblemen – like a 16th century House

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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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Meet Labour’s first elected transgender politician, Osh Gantly

At a time when trans activists and celebrities are more visible than ever, you’d probably expect to hear more about the Labour Party’s first elected transgender politician. But local councillor and trans woman Osh Gantly remains under the radar in many ways, preferring to work on borough-wide issues than tackle LGBT rights from a more

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Review: Praise for Madame Butterfly in the pub

It’s not often the best seat in an opera house is right at the back. The King’s Head Theatre isn’t your average opera house. The intimate space behind the Islington pub makes Paul Higgins’ adaptation of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly captivating. The small theatre magnifies every moment by inviting the audience to scrutinise each smile and

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