This is the area where Islington’s cosy, eclectic Angel transforms into city slickers and hipsters. Many people seem very rich, but it is¬†also an area of considerable deprivation. Gems include¬†the canal, some fabulous pubs, an amazing art gallery, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, and some of Islington’s newest and tallest buildings.

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Here are a small selection of interviews from EC1:

Central Street Cookery School manager: Sofia Larrinua (c) islington faces

Improving the community

You’ve go to take a peep inside St Luke’s Community Centre. It’s fantastic for the over 55s, like Dame Vera Lynn fan Gordon Warrell. But it’s also got the achingly cool Central Street Cafe attached, rooms to hire and even a cookery school. Here’s an interview with St Luke’s Community Centre’s Communications Manager, Lisa Burrell. You might also enjoy the interview with Central Street Cookery School manager Sofia Larrinua.

Sadler’s Wells
Up the road between Angel and Clerkenwell you’ll find Sadler’s Wells. Here Kevin Zhang talks about Peking opera.

Yemi Hailemariam is trying to push the UK government to make Ethiopia free her partner, Andy Tsege. (c) Kimi Gill Photography for islington faces

Islington Faces’ favourite street has to be Exmouth Market. ¬†Nearby we interviewed Yemi Hailemariam who is doing everything to try and free her partner Andy Tsege who is being held illegally in an Ethiopian jail. And in May 2018 she had the fantastic news that Andy was being freed. See this XXX.

Meet a young man who has been homeless in the area but is now trying to make it as a designer, Brandon Richards.

Designer and mag fan Jeremy Leslie runs magCulture on St John Street.