blackstock road

Helena Spurr, foodie, chef & café owner Everyone has a story, some of these stories are heard at cafes. The Finsbury Park end of Blackstock Road is crammed with north African style coffee shops packed with men, but there’s also Good For Food run by Helena Spurr which offers a very different Mediterranean dining experience that women,…
Everyone in Islington’s got a story. Settle down for a cup of tea and a biscuit with the Scarbrough family (who’ve lived in Islington for years) and the chat switches from history to celebrity at rapid speed. If you want to know what Superfan Holly and her mother Helen Romero…
Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet butcher David Mayers – a butcher all his working life, but one who has “never had to butcher animals”. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I went to school with Rod Stewart*,” says David Mayers as we start the interview in his spotless shop, Highbury…
Sharon Hayes, animal nurse Everyone has a story, so meet animal lover Sharon Hayes doing the perfect job. Interview by Nicola Baird. Sharon Hayes gives a huge Cheshire-cat grin and looks around happily at the place where she works as an animal auxiliary nurse at abbeyVET on Blackstock Road.There are bags of Science Plan pet…
Joan O’Donovan, charity shop manager Everyone in Islington has a story, so meet charity shop manager Joan O’Donovan . Interview by Nicola Baird. Despite radiating calm Joan O’Donovan, 64, never stops being busy. She started off in Co Galway, Eire one of eight sisters and two brothers, but by the time Joan was 19 years old…
Everyone has a story, so meet early retiree Sai Gulam Bi. Interview by Nicola Baird. “I’ve lived 33 years in this street,” says Sai leading me through the front door and into her immaculate front room that faces on to the N4 road. “It’s always been friendly”. From the kitchen…