These are a few of Islington Faces BlogÂ favourite people and placesÂ around City Road Basin, Angel, Camden Passage, St John Street and Islington Greenâ€¦Â
- For a full list of places in Islington you might enjoy visiting, see WhereÂ to go out locally.
Camden Passage is such a treat to visit whether just to window shop or to snap up treasures and a favourite drink â€“ turns out that the people who work there love it too. Hereâ€™s what they said about the area to Isabel Vandergert-Wilson in springÂ 2016. OnÂ 5 December 2016 a burst water main caused considerable damage, so these lovely independent shops definitely need your support. Get shopping!
Read the interview with Paul A Young who runs a fab chocolate shop here.
Gordon Gridley Antiques
41 Camden Passage, N1 8EF
Owner Gordon Gridley enjoys: â€śWalking through Highbury Fields, and going to the Almeida Theatre. There are some great cinemas in Islington too.â€ť
Cloud Cuckoo Land
6 Charlton Place N1 8AJ
Staffer: â€śMy favourite shops are: â€śCotswolds for outdoorsy waterproof stuff and the fishmongers has lovely fresh fish, especially the smoked mackrel.â€ť
15 Camden Passage N1 8EA
The staff say: â€śWe love the pubs, we all go for drinks after work so that includes food as well which is good from the pubs in the area. After work we sometimes go to Islington Green and have a drink in the sun.â€ť
20 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8ED
Waitress/barista Miriam: â€śI really like Camden Passage and all the lovely people – itâ€™s beautiful in the summer and the winter. Islington is a great location you can get to other places really easily. It’s great to just hang out and when I walk home at night Iâ€™m not scared.â€ť
120 Islington High Street
Bubble tea owner/manager Joel Erickson: â€śI just really like the whole area. I grew up here so it’s nice to be back.â€ť
13 Camden Passage, N1 8EA
Staffer: â€ś I like Camden Passage and Chapel Market though I can’t pick a single shop. I like the stall holders.â€ť
Enjoy the interview with Angel Central shopping centre manager Lynne Glover. There’s also an interview with the shopping centre co-ordinator, Anna Harvey, when it was known as the N1 Centre. MeetÂ Mark Kebble, the editor of the super readable Angel Resident magazine, which you can also find on line here.
Here’s a feature about Mick Fitzgerald who grew up in Islington in the 1950s plus a short guided walk to Chapel Market back in the day.This post has had 13,000 views!
CITY ROAD BASIN (the canal)
It’s only a 6 minute walk to Islington Boat Club in Graham Road. Here’s an interview with the Islington Boat Club office manager, Jan Dorling who talks about her work and the legacy of the amazing Cyrstal Hale who saved City Road Basin. Learn more about the area with skipper Lorraine Fox who used to run The Sandwich Barge.
Ever seen the paddleboarders on the canal? Meet Rosie Markwick who runs a SUP club at the Islington Boat Club.
One of the first interviews Islington Faces did in Camden Passage was with Vickie Farquharson, trainee manager at Gorilla PerfumeryÂ (which closed in 2016 after the unfortunate Angel flood). Â Just over the road there’s also the first ever branch of the Coffee Works Project, created by Peter Theoklitou, owner coffee works projectÂ from an Islington Family. His new branch has just opened at Blackfriars Road.
CHAPEL STREET MARKET
Chapel Street has had a market for years and is filled with characters. Read more about Christopher Curtis – the photo stall owner and expert on Highbury CornerÂ and Islington history. His post is the most popular on Islington Faces.
Charles Baron wasÂ born at home, just off Chapel Street Market in 1920 but in 2015 was able to give an exclusive interview with Islington Faces aboutÂ what Islington was like back in the day – touching onÂ 90 years of Islington life.
Join a drama class (for adults or children) run by the amazing drama teacher Anna Scher MBE, or her staff at St Silas’s church at the far end of the market. Anna’s helped 1000s of Islington hopefuls learn to act and many have found fame including Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Kathy Burke.
ST JOHN STREET (see EC1)
Close to the Screen on the Green are the offices of campaigning solicitor Raquel SiganporiaÂ who has devised a competition to encourage design students to create devices that help people who use wheelchairs.
Over to you
If you’ve got a favourite place in Angel or a favourite person who you think Islington Faces should interview please get in touch.