Working in Islington

Everyone has a story. Thanks to the Discovery space that opened above the mobile provider Three’s store on Islington High Street in March 2016, 2,000 more people are ace at using their smart phones, iPads and all sorts of apps. Meet the duo Jessica Tompkinson and Alan Parker behind this…
Everyone has a story. What do you do with your used batteries, dead light bulbs, broken hairdryers, jumping CD players/ipod docks or the old TV? Throwing them in the bin isn’t a good plan, so here are some tips on how to recycle electrical waste in Islington provided by Archway-based Jean…
Everyone has a story. Islington Museum has a special way of capturing the stories of people and places in our borough. Meet their new curator, Roz Currie, who’s just opened a show about fire – Islington Burning – and is now researching a new exhibition about Holloway Prison (which closed…
Everyone has a story. Have you seen the little tuk tuk tucked into the corner of Christchurch Vicarage by Church Path on Highbury Fields? If not you have a treat in store – The Daily Grind’s artisan coffee made by former Highbury Grove student Jack Tomkins. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. In May 2016 Elizabeth Jones, 88, and her volunteers celebrated sending out the 100th issue of Talking News Islington – an audio magazine for the visually impaired. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she reckons that during her career running a general store near London Bridge she…
Everyone has a story. For 30 years Bachulal Chotai has been mending watches and repairing jewellery at his unique shop on Holloway Road, just opposite Cycle Surgery and Central Library. He plans to retire soon – so this might be his very last interview as a shopkeeper. Interview by Nicola Baird…
Everyone has a story. Private tutor Muhammad Ali, working from his Romilly Road home, talks about his love of maths, physics and Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.   Muhammad Ali doesn’t just share a famous name with the great boxer, they also share a birthday (17 January). But that’s where…
Theatre review from Islington’s newest venue, Park Theatre – showing The Roundabout until 24 September 2016. Review by Nicola and Saira for Islington Faces. THE ROUNDABOUT – at the Park Theatre until 24 September 2016 (published 29/8/16) Thanks to J B Priestley’s wit (and the fact that An Inspector Calls is…
Everyone has a story. When Lynne Glover says “ We are Angel Central,” she is referring to herself and her team whose job it is to keep the shopping centre (which includes 24 retailers and eateries, O2 Academy and 10-screen Vue cinema) a place that everyone enjoys visiting. So how…
Everyone has a story. How do you learn to love trees, bees or nature in a borough like Islington which has the least green space of anywhere in the country (except the City)? Step forward Marnie Rose whose passion for nature inspired her to set up The Garden Classroom specialising in…