Category Archives: What’s On

TfL U-turn over Highbury Overground staff cuts

Rail bosses yesterday decided not to remove staff from Highbury & Islington Overground station after customers expressed safety concerns.Staff would be removed from four Overground stations: Canada Water, West Brompton, Blackhorse Road and Highbury & Islington. The decision comes amidst record budget cuts by TfL after the Department for Transport announced in 2015 that it

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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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How Islington’s toxic air is slowly killing our children

What links Upper Street, Pentonville Road, Holloway Road and Seven Sisters Road? As well as being the busiest traffic thoroughfares in Islington, these places are also the borough’s most toxic pollution hotspots. The cost to some Islington residents is certainly fatal. According to Friends of the Earth’s Islington co-ordinator Katarina Korytkova, air pollution is the

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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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Things to do in Islington this week

Spring is just around the corner, and there’s plenty to do in Islington this week. Here’s our handy guide to what’s on.   1. It’s British Pie Week! Celebrate by going out and treating yourself to a savoury pie at Piebury Corner on Holloway Road, where you can eat among Arsenal fans, or for a spicier

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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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