Everyone who is anyone in the world of British comedy has been drawn to tread the boards at the Union Chapel.
Since June 2007 ‘Live At The Chapel’ has been putting a smile on the face of Islington, with acts such as Ed Byrne, Noel Fielding, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard, Stephen Merchant, Reginald D Hunter, Simon Amstell, Josie Long, Mark Watson, Stewart Lee and Tim Key to name a few.
Produced and promoted by The Invisible Dot, and held at the stunning Union Chapel, it is one of the biggest and best comedy clubs in the country. Built in the late 19th century in the Gothic revival style, the Grade I-listed church has earned a reputation as one of London's finest venues and was voted ‘London's favourite Live Music Venue’ in 2012 by Timeout readers.
October's rib tickling show will be headlined by the award winning Pajama Men (Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez) an American character comedy duo from New Mexico. The pair are renowned for their split-second character changes, comedic timing and of course performing their unique brand of physical comedy in their pyjamas. Winners of the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Best Newcomer and Best of the Fest at The Sydney Comedy Festival they were also the highest rated show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe out of over 2000 acts. With support from Nick Helm, Nish Kumar & More, this night is definitely not to be missed!
For tickets and more information visit:
Venue: Union Chapel
Opening Times: Doors and bar open at 6.30pm.
Contact: The Invisible Dot – Tel: 020 7424 8918 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Islington Company is situated almost directly across the road from Steve Hatt fishmongers store on Essex Road. It is a privilege in its own right to share a high street with a local business that first opened its door in 1895 and has been an integral part of the community ever since.
Every day when we come to work the long standing experienced Steve Hatt team is already there waving a ‘good day’ to us. Each Saturday a stretched line of regular customers persists almost around the block for the entire morning.
It is very inspiring that Steve Hatt has kept up the sterling reputation of the iconic store and remains popular in an age where supermarkets have spelled the decline for many businesses of its kind.
The selection of first class fresh fish is mind blowing and so great that one is likely to be spoilt for choice. One should be proud to recognise half of the fish on display. Expect prime examples of wild Scottish halibut, bluefin tuna, gilt head bream, prawns, scallops, fresh samphire as well as lobster, mussels and crab.
This is a perfect reason to make a detour from Upper Street and shop local!
Article by Vaida Filmanaviciute at The Islington Company
Images by photographer Aida Nedzelskyte
Vaida from The Islington Company caught up with Joff from Fandango Interiors to chat about business, life in Islington and passion for unique interiors. We thank Joff for taking time to talk to us.
Vaida: Why did you choose Islington for your store?
Joff: My business started in Brighton 17 years ago and I moved to Camden market a year later, I was looking around London for an area that had an interesting mix of shops, places to hang out and people. I always liked Islington, I lived on St. john's St when I first left university, and the connection with the antiques trade here goes back a long way. It's a dynamic place always changing but it hasn't lost that community feel, you always bump into people you know on the street.
Vaida: What do you look for when you select pieces for Fandago?
Joff: The pieces I put in Fandango are essentially things I'd like to have on my home, things I'd be happy to live with. It's hard to pin down exactly what makes something special. I suppose what I look for is evidence of care, and attention, love I suppose in the way something has been designed, made and also cared for. It's amazing how pieces have lives of their own, and you can see it, and feel it when your around them.
Vaida: What is your favourite item that you have ever sold?
Joff: Wow it's really hard to pick a favourite there have been so many things I've loved to have and then had to sell, mainly because I've run out of room! I think though it would be a Jellyfish light by Mazzega. It's a pendant light from the 1960's and it has overlapping layers of opaline glass that give a beautiful soft fluid light. I've had two in my time as a dealer, if I find another I'm keeping it!
Vaida: Who are your clients? Who is your most noted client?
Joff: Clients is a hard one, all sorts of people from young couples putting together their home to Celebrities and collectors looking for something really special. We work with quite a few interior designers sourcing specific pieces for projects and stylists working on photo shoots. It's pretty wide cross section of folks really, people who appreciate quality and something unusual.
Vaida: What is your favourite place in Islington to go for a drink and/or dinner?
Joff: There are so many great places to go out in Islington, I've got to mention the New Rose, and not just 'cause it's across the road, it's everything you could want in a pub, great beer, lovely food and happy friendly people. Akari on Essex Rd is a great place for dinner, I love Japanese and the food there is amazing, I hesitate to tell people about it as it's hard enough to get a table already!
Article by The Islington Company
Images by Photographer Aida Nedzelskyte
Joe Allen – Bespoke Tailor
Historical Georgian homes with specialised craft shops makes Cross Street a unique and fascinating shopping experience, it has been home to Joe Allen's Tailoring atelier for over 20 years.
Joe Allen is a local Islington resident, who attended Highbury Grove School. Establishing the generation of tailors his parents ran a successful tailor's atelier on Blackstock Road. Joe's passion for tailoring and business acrument were evident from a young boy. However, his ultimate inspiration for tailoring was his grandmother Miss E. Khora who was the first in the family to take up this timeless craft.
Joe's clientele range from members of the royal family, musicians to Islington's smart and trendy residents in law, banking and the media. His reputation for impeccable quality tailoring and innovative design ideas proceed him along with his warm charming personality. Joe's work has also been recognised and exhibited at the V & A museum.
If you would like to meet the man himself feel free to pop down to Joe Allen Tailoring, 44 Cross Street. However, if you would also like to invest in a personal passion for tailoring, Joe also holds tailoring workshops on Sundays for beginners to advanced all are welcome.
Written by The Islington Company
Photos by Aida Nedzelskyte
Pickering Street is located just off Essex Road in Islington. Essex Road is home to London famous Steve Hatt fishmongers, taxidermist that never seems to open, but has been there for years, and other iconic stores. The high street is changing though.
In the last few years the neighbourhood has welcomed Raystitch, Fandango, Food Lab and The Islington Company among others. All of the above businesses seem to embrace the quirky shabby-chic timeless flow of this remarkable area of Islington.
Pickering Street for some time was a peculiar corner on which of a girl who believes in angels stood. I see this image nearly every day and on occasions it provokes thoughts. Earlier today I went to assess a rental value of a property on Maryland Walk.
This is when I noticed that the girl in a pink tracksuit with a dog was no longer alone. Somebody has decided to change a face of a not so bright a street to make us all wonder for a moment or two of our busy days.
Street art is a peculiar species of self-expression. It is also an integral part of an urban culture. What does it do for a wider society? Is it yes? Do we need it?
I think we do. If everything else fails in an area where original Banksy works are still around, now covered clear plastic sheets we might discover a new talent.