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Jon Martyn and Tania Kaczinski, the New Art Studio
By Jessica Williams On Friday, June 10th, 2016

Islington and the Refugee Crisis: The Power of Art

The biggest ever Refugee Week is taking place this month with more than 400 events due to take place across the UK. It has a particular resonance for Islington. During December 2015, ten Syrian refugees arrived More...

Henri Cartier-Bresson
By Jessica Williams On Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Outsiders’ View of Britain: Photographs of a Nation

Martin Parr, one of the most renowned documentary photographers of modern life, is not everyone’s cup of tea. When Henri Cartier-Bresson – the grandfather of street photography – attended an exhibition of More...

By Jessica Williams On Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Podcast: Wake up and Smell the Coffee Culture

Coffee and hot chocolate at Jimmy and the Bee, Goswell Road. Photo credit: Jessie Williams Today around one in five people visit a coffee shop on a daily basis in the UK. Proof – if it was needed – that More...

Nelson's Head, Shoreditch
By Jessica Williams On Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Last orders? The Decline of the East End Boozer

Wilton’s Mahogany Bar, Shadwell. By Jan Klos It seems ironic that one of the defining features of British culture is slipping into an alarming decline. The good old pub with its roaring fire, creaking floorboards, More...

Priya Baxter 1
By Jessica Williams On Friday, November 27th, 2015

Bright Lights, Big City: Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair 2015

Lies Dormant in the Night, Priya Baxter   On a windswept November weekend, the Candid Galleries – one of the largest independent contemporary art spaces in the city – played host to the Islington Contemporary More...

Photo courtesy of Simon Belcher/Alamy
By Jessica Williams On Friday, November 6th, 2015

Podcast: The Hunt for the Best Chips in Islington

Photo courtesy of Simon Belcher/Alamy   There is nothing more British than fish and chips. But good chips are hard to find. Crispy, golden, thick chips smothered in salt and lashings of vinegar – sounds More...

Pride in London 2014
Credit: bjpcorp via Flickr
By Jessica Williams On Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Pride in London 2015 – but is the capital still in the closet?

Pride in London 2014 Credit: bjpcorp via FlickrLondon is renowned as one of the most diverse, tolerant and buzzing capitals of the world. This week, the city will come alive with rainbow flags, music and festivity More...

Caledonian Road
By Jessica Williams On Friday, March 13th, 2015

Graffiti, street art or glorified vandalism?

  Street artist Pegasus just wants to “keep it cheeky” It’s not every day you see the future queen, pregnant and naked on the side of the road. So if you happen to be strolling down Caledonian More...