Category: Islington

Lying to the north of the City of London, Islington is London’s smallest borough, with 200,000 people living in an area of of just over six square miles.

It’s an area of marked contrasts – home to some very wealthy people and providing a vibrant offering of restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment, but as I’ve noted at the same time Islington is one of London’s most deprived boroughs.

Islington stretches from Clerkenwell and King’s Cross in the south to Highbury and Holloway in the north. It’s home to Arsenal Football Club, some very fine Georgian squares and the Regent’s canal passes through the borough.

Busy cattle market’s traces in quiet park

For centuries London’s cattle market was Smithfield on the eastern fringes of the City. Drovers brought animals down what is today the A1, which incorporates Holloway Road and Upper Street in Islington, on long journeys from Scotland and the north of England. The animals would then often be […]

How Arsenal FC defines Islington’s character

Islington on Arsenal match days becomes a chaotic place. Tube stations are closed, or at the very least passengers are shepherded by police out through specific exits. Supporters spill out of pubs onto the pavements and traditional cafés roll-out record numbers of full English breakfasts. Sadly, as recent […]

In search of Georgian Gin craze

William Hogarth’s infamous depiction of Gin Lane has for a long time fascinated me. Issued in 1751, the print portrays the supposed evils of consuming the addictive spirit. In a busy scene, Hogarth has captured, the poverty and despair of a community dependent on gin. In the foreground […]