Category Archives: Islington life

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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Somper on Sarnies: Max’s sandwich shop, Finsbury Park

I think I awoke covered in Special Brew. At least I hope it was. I feel like I’ve had a small golf ball embedded in my skull for the last 24 hours. I need food. Sustenance will solve all. It was with this in mind that I decided to brave the streets of North London

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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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The city that never sleeps: What your sleeping position says about you?

We’ve all been there. You spend (what feels like) hours tossing and turning, trying to wriggle into the most comfortable position in bed. You experiment with different angles, throw the duvet on and off and constantly rearrange the pillows. You just can’t find the right spot. Then… the moment you’ve been waiting for. That perfect

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The city that never sleeps: 5 easy steps to better night’s sleep in London

Londoners need sleep to fuel their long weeks but shut-eye can be hard to come by in the capital. March is National Bed Month and to mark the occasion, Islington Now have put together five quick and easy ways to help you nod off. 1)  Turn off your technology Most of us can’t go five

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The city that never sleeps: Londoners told to get more kip

Forget the classic saying that if “you snooze; you lose”. March is National Bed Month so it’s time to get comfortable, turn off your alarm clock and snore to your heart’s content. The month, organised by The Sleep Council, aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s kip. It has found

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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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5 of the most expensive Islington properties

With the average house price at a staggering £859,175, Islington Now have done some house hunting and found the five most expensive properties on offer in Islington. Get ready for some eye-watering figures. 1. City Road, London, EC1V. Anton Page: £11,500,000. Situated on the 26th floor, this open plan 3000 square foot penthouse in Old Street

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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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Dating column: Pavey takes on Tinder

It was 11am on a Saturday morning and I was feeling vulnerable. I was standing in a crowded H&M fitting room with my sister, who had decided to prematurely throw open the modesty curtain, revealing me, half-dressed, to my fellow shoppers. I had just agreed to go on a date. My first proper “first date”

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