Latest Stories

Inside the Muslim community centre that’s helping Syrian refugees resettle

  Tucked down the side of Finsbury Park station is an unassuming group of buildings known as Muslim Welfare House. This is the headquarters of a nationwide network of centres providing a dizzying range of services and support to a diverse and ever-growing Muslim community. “It’s not easy to co-ordinate,” says Toufik Kacimi, CEO of

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

5 shops to buy Mother’s Day gifts

Still undecided what to get to your mother for Mother’s Day this weekend? Islington Now has you covered: here are some possible options. The stress of buying the perfect present for Mother’s Day can leave even the strongest of us a shivering wreck. Have we spent enough on our dear beloved? Have we bought her something she has

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading