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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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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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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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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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Spillikin review: Provocative, emotional, worth seeing

The books on the shelves behind the humanoid robot slowly disappear throughout the play. It is a powerful visualisation of the erasing of a life. The life is Sally’s. Our protagonist in Spillikin is a foul-mouthed older woman, played by Judy Norman. At the beginning of the play she has already forgotten her husband is

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South Korean artist leaves a delicate touch in breathtaking exhibition

The greatest artists have the audacity to portray as beautiful something that is, on the surface, quite banal. This is what makes responses to their work vary from “this is breathtaking” to “this is not art”. The collection about cultural displacement in Do Ho Suh’s latest exhibition, Passage/s, at the Victoria Miro gallery sits comfortably

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An international student’s guide to the best pubs in Islington

After a thorough analysis of the typical Londoner, I have discovered that they all gather in places of worship called a ‘pub’ where they share a ‘pint’ and get piss-drunk. Whilst trying to be British by singing “God save the Queen,” and declaring fish and chips to be the best meal ever, I thought partaking in

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The 5 best pizza places in Islington

The Italian’s have given the world so many wonderful things: Prosecco, Pasta, heck even Pavarotti. But most importantly, our Euro chums have given us the gift of pizza. Back when our Roman friends created the scrummy treat, little did they know how much we rely on the yeast feast to get us through all of

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Candoco explores the concept of dance through the nature of disability

Watch a performance by the Candoco Dance Company, and the first thing that strikes you is the sheer power of the performers. You soon realise that you are witnessing something out of the ordinary. Some of the performers are on crutches, others are wheelchair-bound. One of these dancers is Toke Broni Strandby, who is missing

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Dining at the Dolls House’s private members’ club

The latest offering to Islington’s Upper Street is the Dolls House, a stylish restaurant and inconspicuous private members’ club, which is now the permanent home of the glamorous Hoxton pop-up. Situated by Islington Town Hall in a rustic three-storey Victorian townhouse, this whimsical restaurant boasts debauchery on another level. Screams of laughter from the “members

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