islington

Everyone has a story. Gillespie Park, tucked behind Arsenal tube, is a tranquil oasis that make it hard to believe you are in the borough with the least green space in the UK (except the City of London). And now on summer Sundays the Islington Ecology Centre also boasts a…
Everybody has a story. This is the 200th interview on Islington Faces. Newington Green is sometimes called the “village that changed the world. One of its famous residents was so-called Mother of Feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) who moved here in 1784 to run a girls’ school. During this time she…
Everyone has a story. But some dance as well, which is why MoveMe is in the midst of taking 80 Islington residents, from 8 – 87 years, on a journey from their community centres to a public dance event at Islington’s famous Assembly Hall on 12 July at 6pm and then at…
Everyone has a story. Charlie Perdios, joint owner of Anthony Pepe in Highbury, explains how his passion for Arsenal led to him becoming… an estate agent. Interview by Nicola Baird “My business partner – Ari Theodorou – and I knew Highbury well. It felt like coming home opening our office…
Everyone has a story – especially new political parties. In the recent elections in London, Wales and Scotland 350,000 people voted for the newly formed Women’s Equality Party, while in London 1 in 20 voted for a WEP mayor (May 2016). Highbury’s Alison Marshall, a founding member of the Women’s…
Everyone has a story. One Highbury couple has such a passion for art that in their home even the loo is a gallery. Meet Tim Sayer, a recently retired BBC radio news journalist, and his wife Annemarie Norton – a former ballet dancer – who makes costumes for opera, ballet,…
Everyone has a story. Here’s one for your new year resolutions – go see a fabulous 16-piece big band at an Islington pub. The Spanner Big Band, set up by saxophone-playing, singer and compere Dan Spanner (who also masterminds Spanner Jazz Punks), is live at the Gunners pub on Blackstock…
Everyone has a story. “Islington was the only place I wanted to set up a business. It was like coming home,” says Coffee Works Project owner Peter Theoklitou, whose family have long worked in the borough. Interview by Nicola Baird  Peter Theoklitou was born in Islington and it’s here that…
Everyone has a story. Mark Kebble was just 23 when he started editing the Angel Resident. Now that he’s in charge of a suite of Archant magazines how much does he love Angel Resident and Islington? Interview by Nicola Baird. “Journalists need to be a master of lots of different…
Everyone has a story. Holloway-based artist Garry Kennard – the man who mixed up art and neuroscience for anyone to enjoy at the Winchester Festivals – was born in 1948 at home in a council flat off Upper Street. He’s spent years away from Islington but now he’s back painting,…