Nicola Baird

Kimi Gill: photographer

Everyone has a story. Kimi Gill has both lived and worked in Islington and now she’s offered to use her brilliant photography skills to pep up the photos on Islington Faces. Please enjoy this interview and here’s looking forward to a fab collaboration. Interview by Nicola Baird “Because I move…

Jan Dorling: Islington Boat Club

Everyone has a story. Islington Boat Club office manager, Jan Dorling, explains why Islington keeps on celebrating the legacy of campaigner Crystal Hale (10 December 1915 – 26 November 1999) and invites us to a very special party on Sunday 23 April 2017 at Islington Boat Club. Interview by Nicola Baird.…

Elly Rigby: The Pantry Underwear

Everyone has a story. Eloise Rigby recently opened her first shop – the wittily named Pantry Underwear – selling everyday underwear. So how’s it going? Interview by Nicola Baird Stepping into The Pantry Underwear is a revelation. It’s a calm space filled with the sort of affordable bras and pants…

Ilario Guidu: from prisoner to life coach

Everyone has a story. “I was not the son a mother would want,” admits Ilario Guidu. Here’s how a former drug addict, alcoholic and prisoner is now helping turn around reformed addicts lives thanks to an Arsenal match day burger stall. Interview by Nicola Baird The wittily named Breakout Café,…

Sofia Larrinua: cookery school manager

Everyone has a story. Central Street Cookery School celebrates its 5th birthday this April. Manager Sofia Larrinua gives us a taste of the highlights at this innovative teaching and rentable kitchen at St Luke’s Community Centre, just off Old Street. Interview by Nicola Baird. “When I started at Central Street Cookery School…

5 recipes from Islington Faces

Everyone has a story but some also have a significant dish they love to cook. Here are some tasty recipe ideas collected from some special friends of Islington Faces by Nicola Baird. What will you try? (FYI: noodles, peanut sauce and spicy tofu as seen in the pic are not listed here, sorry!). TREAT…

Mikhail Braunhofer: Pop Coffee at the Whittington

If you believe that good food is a key part of good health then meet gardener and chef, Mikhail Braunhofer, who runs the coffee and hot meal spot, Pop Coffee, by the Whittington Hospital. Interview by Nicola Baird It’s clear that Mikhail Braunhofer, who is just finishing his second winter running Pop…

John Bailey: university beekeeper

Everyone has a story. Head of Sustainability at the University of London, John Bailey, talks about ways to capture the public’s imagination via bees and the joys of cycling through Islington on the way to Russell Square. Interview by Nicola Baird “Bees are fun and engaging and can help people…

David Hammond: Islington childhood memories

Everyone has a story. During February 2017 Islington Faces instagram account @islingtonfaces shares the story of David Hammond who lived at 212 Liverpool Road until he was 13 years old (from 1949-1961) until his family moved to a new house in Essex – with an indoor bathroom. Interview by Nicola…

Paul Boorman: Islington antiques

Everyone has a story. Paul’s Emporium on York Way is the perfect Islington antique shop to find well-made, affordable and witty items for friends or to decorate your home. But do people still buy old things? Interview by Nicola Baird Paul’s Emporium is a treasure trove of signs, records, masks, shop fittings,…
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