The Rise of the Artisan Craft-maker

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From small shops to large communities, artisan skills are a huge part of Islington today. It is a place where a large community of artists can dare to take a chance on making a business out of their artistic talents. Simple glass jewellery, items carved out of wood, pottery and handmade bags are only a few of the many artisan items the borough More...

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By Sarah Remsky On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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Kurz&Lang: Why bratwurst is more than just a sausage

St John Street is home to bratwurst shop Kurz&Lang, founded by Berlin-born Valentin von Amsberg. We paid a visit, as part of our St John Street At Work series  More...

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By Yannic Rack On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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Turner & George: The new butcher’s on the block

This week in our series St John Street At Work, we grilled James George, co-founder of the newly opened butcher’s shop Turner & George  More...

Chris Millington loves the library's flair
By Sarah Remsky On Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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Finsbury Library: Borrowing books 21st century style

For our St John Street At Work series we visit Finsbury Library, which houses more than 40,000 items, from books to DVDs. We talked to its enthusiastic manager, Chris Millington, about the importance of libraries More...

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By Sarah Remsky On Friday, March 28th, 2014
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The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker: Tradition with a makeover

Next in our St John Street At Work series is The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker. We talked to B&T’s Brooke Streatfield who has lived in the area all her life  More...

The wall showing Saint George and the Dragon. You can see the little flower on the neck of the horse that was painted over the damage
By Valentine Maury On Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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The Peasant: Weddings and historical mosaics

As part of our series St John Street At Work, we talk to Joel Burns, bartender at The Peasant, who has been working at the pub for about five months  More...

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By Yannic Rack On Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Old Red Lion: Theatre and an ‘old-style English boozer’

Next in our St John Street At Work series: The Old Red Lion Theatre at the top end of St John Street has enriched Islington culture since the early 70s, while the building itself is almost 600 years old. Tony More...

Jeff & George on St John Street. Who's George? You'll have to ask Jeff
By Yannic Rack On Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Coffee

For the first part of our St John Street At Work series we visit recent arrival Jeff & George, a cafe with Belgian roots and musical ambition  More...