highbury corner

Everyone has a story. Health Improvement Officer Suad Ahmed moved from Somalia to the UK aged four and has spent her adult life in Islington. Here she discusses ways to make healthy eating as fun – and beneficial – as child’s play for Islington families. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos…
Everyone has a story. From 23-29 April Islington could perhaps be mistaken for Cannes as the Unrestricted View Film Festival showcases documentaries, comedies and shorts at three local venues. Here film festival director James Wren introduces the 2018 line up. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. “There are…
Everyone has a story. A writer and journalist on crime fiction and thrillers, Barry Forshaw’s first job in London was selling books at Canonbury Bookshop, 268 Upper Street, now Harvey Jones Kitchens (opposite Euphorium). Here he recalls the amazing people and places of 1970s Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Every…
Everyone has a story. Celebrities have all the fun – or do they? Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and her girlfriend, Kate Holderness, talk about why they were willing to do a massive abseil for the children’s charity Barnado’s. Plus ideas for fun outings around Islington. Interview by Nicola Baird.…
Everyone has a story. Where to eat? Meet Elton Keka, the owner of 129hrd, a new Holloway Road neighbourhood restaurant. Interview by Nicola Baird. “Customers from around here are very foody. They know what they want and their expectations are high because they eat in good restaurants,” says Elton Keka,…
How do you stay in touch with your family when meet-ups are rare, or impossible? Email and Skype can work well, but Maria North and her three sisters went a step further – they challenged each other to write poems. Five years later, and many emails, they’ve published a book,…
Everyone has a story. Mavis Ring (nee Devine) who was at home having lunch before afternoon classes at Laycock Primary School when the V1 bomb fell on Highbury Corner (27 June 1944) killing 26 people and injuring 150. Here Mavis, now 80 and living in Essex, shares many other memories about growing…
Joseph Chamberlain, George Orwell & Horace Warner: grave voices Everyone has a story, but in this EXCLUSIVE SUMMER HOLIDAY discovery, Islington Faces blog can reveal the secrets and sentimentality of famous Islington residents – politician Joseph Chamberlain, critic/writer George Orwell and photographer Horace Warner. Prepare to be amazed by these men’s frank revelations about their time in Islington – and…
Everyone has a story. The golden days of pubs may be over but Islington is lucky – some of the new landlords, like Ade Clarke at The Lamb Beer & Liquor know how to mix music, real ale and people to create pubs that make you feel just like a…
John Harvey: J& J Motors Everyone has a story. John Harvey was just 15, with such a passion for clothes he was thinking of training as a tailor, when he started work in the garage at the top of Corsica Street. Turned out he loved mending cars too, and by his early 20s he was running…