Category Archives: Features

Dating column: Thanks god he was a leftie

I walked into Little Bat, a trendy cocktail bar, absolutely shaking. I’d already wandered around for ten minutes in Highbury and Islington, attempting to feign a fashionably late entrance yet all it had achieved was an increased trepidation for the torture I called a first date. An edgy bleached blonde bartender ushered me into a

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Finsbury Park Mosque: “Its more than just a mosque now”

Taken over by extremist Abu Hamza and his supporters in the late-90s, the Finsbury Park Mosque’s congregation dwindled to a handful of radicalised Jihadists. In the decade since Hamza’s removal, chairman Mohammed Kozbar has reverse the mosque’s fortunes and brought thousands of worshippers through its doors. The door of the Finsbury Park Mosque is open

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Chicken shops to vegan cafes: the slow gentrification of Holloway road

What happens when gentrification strikes in your local neighbourhood? Look around, and you will probably be able to spot the telltale signs. First come the students and bohemian creatives who bring with them fixie bikes, underground club nights and even a vegan cafe or two. They will take pride in telling their friends that their

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5 signs spring has sprung in Islington

  It may not be officially Spring until Monday, but thanks to a warm spell Islington is already enjoying longer, sunnier days. Here’s five signs spring has sprung: The daffodils are out in force. These yellow beauties are popping up all over the place. This lovely lot can be found in Spa Fields. Lunch breaks

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Feeling ruff? These local dogs will cheer you up

On Sunday night in Birmingham a hundred thousand people flocked to see pooches of all shapes and sizes compete for Crufts ‘Best in Show’. The yearly event, held this year at the NEC arena, attracts the best-bred specimens. This year’s winner was ‘Miami Afterglo Ink’, who looked suspiciously like well-groomed pop star Sia.   But

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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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The priest who welcomed the LGBT community into his church

Seamus O’Boyle was leader of London’s gay Catholic Mass for six years, until it came to an end under pressure from the Vatican in 2013. Now a parish priest in the borough, Monsignor O’Boyle speaks to Michael Cox about the bittersweet feeling of helping a hurt community which was again cast aside, and the changing

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The history of Chapel Market

Islington’s Chapel Market officially dates back to the 1860s but it’s likely they were serving pie and mash there long before. It’s now traditionally considered a home to butchers, bakers and cheesemongers. The first handful of food shops and non-retail businesses opened in 1841, including a tradesmen and a copperplate printer. But the street remained

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The Suffragettes that knew jiu-jitsu

On International Women’s Day at Archway Library historian Roz Currie is taking the crowd on an inspirational romp through the history of the suffrage movement in Islington. But these aren’t just any suffragettes, these are the Jewish Suffragettes. Currie, a former curator at the Jewish Museum in London and a proud feminist is an expert

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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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