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PEAK ISLINGTON

Hungry Highbury shoppers have demolished dozens of Greggs' first ever vegan sausage rolls within hours, with some queuing outside for 15 minutes just to get a taste.

Marks and Spencer's bid to sell alcohol every day from 8am at a new Archway store has angered police and Islington Council due to the high number of street drinkers in the area - but the shop says it doesn't stock the kind of booze that attracts alcoholics.

An Islington man has started a lone crusade to rid every pub, bar and restaurant in the borough of plastic straws.

A Clerkenwell pub is set to reopen as a fine dining restaurant selling pigs' ear crisps, snail skewers and grilled duck hearts.

A Finsbury pub has sacked off all meat and dairy to go 100 per cent vegan.

Try this for peak Islington: a luxury Japanese-themed dog kennel, complete with exposed beams and traditional straw matting, has been handcrafted by a Southgate Road architect to raise cash for charity.

Cafes and restaurants selling booze in Camden Passage has become the archetypal Islington row.

In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, the Gazette was intrigued, to say the least, about a Nag's Head Market stall selling vegan Korean/Italian fusion food. We visited Vegan Yes.

Some people consider "peak Islington" to be Upper Street's generous range of artisan gluten-free bakeries. Others reckon it's the Holloway homeowner who built a £2,500 cat glamping enclosure in her yard. But there was another contender on the steps of Islington Town Hall last night.

In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we hear from Universal, a family-run laundry shop in Brecknock Road now offering "organic" dry cleaning.

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