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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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.

While the big guy in red makes his list and checks it twice, check out a selection of the finest festive events coming your way.

Review: Thai Square, Islington

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Two years after Thai Square in Islington was forced to close due to severe flooding, the restaurant has once again established itself as an elegant, comfortable spot for dinner and drinks on Upper Street.

Preview: Orlando Weeks at Union Chapel

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks comes to Union Chapel in December for two intimate concerts which tell the story of his debut novel: The Gritterman.

This Sunday, the Jewish community will come together for the Islington Menorah Lighting; a celebration to mark the opening night of Chanukah.

Union Chapel will host a programme of film screenings, carol singalongs and a Christmas market between December 3 and 9 as they bid to raise funds for their historic Sunday School Hall.

Travel: 48 hours in Dublin

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tips on where to stay and what to eat in Dublin courtesy of our travel writer, Sophie Ritchie.

When Alice Frick began telling jokes in comedy clubs across Austria and Germany, organisers paid little attention to her material. Instead, they suggested wearing a dress, high heels and "doing a little twirl after you've finished your set."

As Americans everywhere prepare for a turkey feast with extra helpings of pumpkin pie, we've been out finding five of the best places for Thanksgiving this side of the Atlantic.

A new event set-up to showcase independent designers working in fashion, interiors and print is coming to Stokey this weekend.

Review: A Pupil at Park Theatre

Thursday, November 8, 2018

David Winskill thoroughly enjoys "a special play which deserves full houses" courtesy of Jesse Briton.

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