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Saturday, October 26, 2019

If you're taking your tween and her mates for a birthday celebration manicure - as befits the craze amongst generation Z - you'll be hard pressed to find any salon more on trend than London Grace.

"This isn't really Hawaii," the blurb on Mor and Vahine's surf camp website warns potential guests.

Camping holidays don't have to be hard work, as Emma Bartholomew finds at a family surf camp in the north of Portugal.

A new bar promising a 'Social Darts Experience' is set to open in a 150-capacity venue on Upper Street from November 22.

Your sofa is obviously a strong choice. But you hardly get the same buzz out of watching the action from Japan whilst sat in your front room, in your PJs, eating Weetabix. No, that won't do at all. Instead, we've put together a list of six of the best bars and restaurants showing the World Cup in Hackney and Islington for you to *try*... (sorry).

Gardening correspondent Ruth Pavey visits the Octogenarian painter in the beautiful garden that inspired so much of her work

Some of the best samba teachers in the world are coming together this weekend to teach the Brazilian dance at a three-day celebration in Munich.

La Clave Fest, Finsbury Park

Monday, July 29, 2019

London's biggest Latin festival fuses food, DJs, music in dance in one glorious free celebration

Styled as an early 20th century Parisian boudoir, The Duck Nest will serve cocktails, wines and beers upstairs from the fledgling Monsieur Le Duck restaurant in Clerkenwell. Co-owner Richard Humphreys brings us up to speed.

We can't help you to sleep in these outrageous temperatures (26 degrees! At midnight!) but we can nudge you in the direction of a free piña colada, which is surely just as good.

You'll remember Kojo Anim's audition on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year: the standing ovation seemed to go on for about as long as his comedy routine itself.

This weekend, four young female comedians will combine their talents at the Playmill Festival of New Writing. Girls With Jokes will take in everything from motherhood to mental health, mortgages to millenial prospects at King's Head Theatre on July 13 and 14.

A supper club offering "the chance to enjoy a slice of social dining: Spanish style" is stopping off at Culpeper Community Garden this Sunday, and tickets are only £5.

My epic surf moments are sadly few and far between, but there's something about being faced with either ducking under or trying to catch a wave that's meditative, exhilarating and fun - and that floaty feeling when you do catch one defies description.

The sixth Stroud Green Festival is a celebration of women and women composers which gets underway on Friday (June 7) and runs until June 23.

A cocktail bar promising 'chemistry and theatre' is opening on City Road in time for the weekend.

A dessert-bar serving three courses of sweet, sweet pudding has popped up in Angel for the summer.

As we pulled up to the Tivoli Évora my kids and I expressed some scepticism for its eco claims - after all, swanky hotels are some of the most energy intensive facilities on our planet.

Fertility Fest: Barbican

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hampstead author Jessica Hepburn co-founded an arts festival around infertility to create a positive from her own sad experience

Bristol artist Thomas Dowdeswell's first solo exhibition in London is now underway at Cass Art Islington. Here, he talks to us about his inspiration for the show, which is called The Age of People Who Live With Their Heads in Boxes.

Two bank-holidays and a big range of interesting events; there's lots to look forward to in May. Here's a run-down of six of the best things to do in Hackney and Islington.

Review: Enotecca Rabezzana

Friday, April 26, 2019

Italian restaurant and Smithfield Market hotspot Enoteca Rabezzana introduced a new-and-improved menu a couple of months back. Here's what we made of it.

Last month, the Young Actors Theatre Islington hosted the first production of The No History of the Near Not Now, a play written by the multi award-winning Stephen Hornby. The 60-minute performance celebrated Islington's extensive history for furthering LGBTQ+ causes.

The poet and artist Ruth Sutoyé has co-produced an exhibition of film and photography about black women who choose to shave their heads. She speaks with the Gazette ahead of the launch of Bald Black Girl(s) in Clerkenwell next month.

Small Change, Big Difference are offering a free meal at Vinyl Café; whipped up from ingredients that would otherwise be chucked away.

Venues around Hackney and Islington are marking International Women's Day in style this year. Starting with a whiskey masterclass and moving on to a special quiz, live music and free massages at the weekend - here are five ways to make the most of your #IWD2019.

On March 26, Northern Ballet's latest creation - Victoria - arrives at Sadler's Wells. Directed and Choreographed by Cathy Marston, this latest creation focuses on the life of one of history's most intriguing women. We spoke to Cathy ahead of the show's five-day run in London.

Five great things to do during March

Thursday, February 28, 2019

From International Women's Day celebrations to alternative comedy nights and short-film festivals, there's loads going on in Hackney and Islington throughout March.

New Forest is full of enchanting beauty any time of year. Zita Whalley escapes London for a weekend filled with good food, long walks and fresh country air

Valentine's Day is on the approach - do you have plans locked in? It's no problem if not, because we've rounded up a bunch of romantic things to do across Hackney and Islington.

A major exhibition of work by Sir Don McCullin has just launched at Tate Britain, offering a unique insight in to the great photographer's decorated and varied life behind the camera.

Review: Wild Food Cafe Islington

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wild Food Café in Covent Garden has been a staple of London's vegan food scene for several years now. It's been serving up plant-based and raw-food dishes - as well as championing foraged ingredients - since well before the explosion in vegan-dining that's taken hold in the capital lately.

Preview: London Art Fair 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The London Art Fair returns to Islington next week for what is the first large scale international art event of 2019.

Things to do during Dry January

Friday, January 4, 2019

If you're committing to a month free from any alcohol, fair play. Dry January needn't be a long and arduous slog, especially when you've got this list of things to keep you occupied…

A joyful, magical and breathtaking spectacle which harks back to the golden age of Edwardian circus shows but minus the seedy freak shows and animal exploitation

Songworks Community Choir's winter concert was held at St Mary with St George, Hornsey Parish Church last Wednesday, December 12. Jo Trew was one of those in attendance…

Our top picks for places to party once the bubbly starts flowing and Auld Lang Syne rings out…

A high energy return to form for Susie McKenna's legendary annual outing of gliz, hilarity and joy

Next time you're on a bus trundling along Essex Road, don't be surprised to find a huddle of people gathered at the window of the Tintype Gallery.

Set in 1988, Dandelion tells the story of two LGBTQ people and their struggle to adapt to an uncertain new world. It opens at King's Head Theatre this weekend.

The folks at Brewhouse & Kitchen have every reason to raise a beer in celebration after the company achieved two high-profile successes in the same week.

Now open: Homeboy, Essex Road

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A new cocktail bar offering great drinks alongside modern Irish hospitality opened last week on the site of the former London Cocktail Club.

An art exhibition featuring work by children aged four to 16 is currently underway at the Islington Arts Factory on Parkhurst Road.

Customers rave about these family-friendly luxury cottages in the gorgeous Devon countryside complete with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and play area

A housing association based in Islington has curated an art show allowing their creative residents to exhibit work alongside a clutch of professional artists.

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