London in the summer? Be a Londoner, welcome to Islington

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 03 Aug, 2017

Summer in the City Guide - Explore the city

London has so much to see and so much to do with its myriad of museums, theatres, big events, music venues and events, opera, ballet, parks and so on that we, Londoner, and you, visitors, end up doing/seeing the same things , the usual touristy landmarks. 

So I thought I focus this month on a specific borough, my borough,  and " show you around" so to speak so you can experience London like a Londoner, a summer edit and an intimate travel blog from a friend with things to do, places to go,  a bit of history thrown in and my recommendations for the week.

Shall we start? Welcome to Islington.

Islington lies to the north of the city centre and is the second smallest London borough although very densely populated. It started as an overcrowded London suburb transformed into a neighbourhood of high-class status, home to the vibrant Upper Street, Camden Passage and Chapel Market and the residential areas around Angel tube station.

Islington is home to approx 200,000 people, a vibrant and lively part of the world and benefits from a wealth of restaurants, clubs, fringe theatres and community events: buildings that began as inns and defunct social houses have since been re-emerged as fashionable gastropubs, wine bars, and boutiques all very well serviced by many bus lines and nearby tube stations.

Some interesting facts:

  • The escalator at Angel stationis the longest of all London stations, at 60m, with a vertical rise of 27.5m.
  • Tony Blair, Colin Firth, George Orwell, Lily Allen and Boris Johnson have all lived in Islington.
  • The licensees for the board game Monopoly used to meet for tea in the Lyon’s Corner House in Islington. That’s why The Angel, Islington has a spot in the game.
  • Islington was the first London borough to receive fresh water via an aqueduct running from Hertfordshire to the New River Headreservoir. This is now the path of the New River Walk - very charming and very peaceful - perfect for some solitude.
  • Many suffragettes, including Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison, spent time in jail at Holloway pris
  • The Islington Farmers’ Market ,London’s oldest such market has some 30 stalls every Sunday on Chapel Market, selling a variety of fresh produce, local delicacies and organic foods. I go every sunday and i get my fresh fruit and veg from there together with artisanal cheeses.

 

Recommended this week:

Food and drinks

The Alwyne Castle - a pub for all seasons with great outdoor space perfect for the summer sunshine;  I have chosen The Alwyne as  #MyBestMealIslington  for August ( review coming out this weekend) - Loved it.

Amorino  Ice Cream Shop, 110 Upper St -  delicious artisanal ice-cream. 

My favourite flavour - pistachio. The only comment here is: YUM!!! A nice ice cream whilst strolling up and down the every busy Upper Street , browing through the shops, is a must have.

The Bar with No Name,69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA, has shed its previous mysterious reputation and is now packed out every night with people dying to sample the expertly crafted cocktails

Art & Culture

The Estorick Collection   of Modern Italian Art is a small museum hosted in Grade II listed Georgian town house recently renovated and now with a bookshop and café,  six galleries and art library.   Franco Grignani: Art as Design 1950 - 1990  is the exhibition currently showing,  featuring around 130 paintings and works on paper, including  graphic design projects many of which are on loan from private collections and from the Manuela Grignani Sirtoli Archive ( 5 July- 10 September)

Up Against it: Islington 1967  - An exhibition exploring the impact of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) and the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the borough’s most (in)famous gay couple, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, on 9 August, showing at   Islington Museum   (22 July - 21 October)


Theatre

Mrs Orwell     by Tony Cox 

" SO WHAT YOU WANT, IN A NUTSHELL, GEORGE, IS A MISTRESS, HOUSEKEEPER, NURSE, LITERARY EXECUTOR AND MOTHER FOR RICHARD?" fringe theatre at its best, showing at the Old Red Lion in St John's Street ( 1 - 26 August ) .

PS: They serve amazing pies in cooperation with Pieminister Award Wimming Pies.


That's this weekend sorted; see you next week to explore some more xxx

The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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