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Campaign seeks to save Angel’s postmodern office block
Campaign seeks to save Angel’s postmodern office block

Campaign seeks to save Angel’s postmodern office block

A heritage group is campaigning against plans to partially demolish the distinctive brick and stone-clad office block that sits above Angel tube station.

Apr
19
Tickets Alert: Take a trip through the Islington tunnel
Tickets Alert: Take a trip through the Islington tunnel

Tickets Alert: Take a trip through the Islington tunnel

Under the streets of Islington runs a tunnel - linking two parts of the Regents Canal, and next month tours of the tunnels will take place.

Apr
14
London’s Pocket Parks: Barnsbury Wood, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Barnsbury Wood, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Barnsbury Wood, N1

Described as London's smallest nature reserve, this patch of woodland is hidden behind a triangle of Georgian houses in Islington, and only open to the public for 2 hours a week.

Jul
22
2021
The 19th century Brewers Buildings, Clerkenwell
The 19th century Brewers Buildings, Clerkenwell

The 19th century Brewers Buildings, Clerkenwell

A narrow side street in Clerkenwell lined with small houses is also home to a magnificent example of 19th-century philanthropic housing.

May
14
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: King Square Gardens, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: King Square Gardens, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: King Square Gardens, EC1

This is a large municipal park surrounded by tower blocks that was once a middle-class Georgian housing development and later gained fame for some marching hammers.

May
05
2021
London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1
London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1

London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1

This is today a modest park with a playground that conveniently faces onto a canal dock, but was once mainly industrial.

Apr
07
2021
Heat from London Underground tunnels to warm homes and schools
Heat from London Underground tunnels to warm homes and schools

Heat from London Underground tunnels to warm homes and schools

Waste heat from the London Underground is now being used to provide heating and hot water to more than 1,350 homes, a school and two leisure centres in Islington.

Mar
06
2020
London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1
London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1

London’s Alleys: Turk’s Head Yard, EC1

This rather shabby looking car park of an alley is a lingering remnant of a time when the area was filled with old warehouses and factories.

Feb
10
2020
Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls
Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls

Exhibition about Islington’s lost Music Halls

There's a rather fun exhibition on at the moment about the pre-television era of mass entertainment, the music halls and the people who they turned into later television stars.

Sep
10
2019
Tickets Alert: Climb up the Caledonian Clock Tower
Tickets Alert: Climb up the Caledonian Clock Tower

Tickets Alert: Climb up the Caledonian Clock Tower

After a lengthy restoration, the Cally Clock Tower opens to the public next month, and tickets to climb up to the top are now available.

May
23
2019
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

London’s Pocket Parks: Granville Square, WC1

Granville Square is a prominent tree lined square surrounded by period homes, located north of Kings Cross Road.

Nov
14
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Churchyard, EC1

This is a tiny little pocket park that should have me delighting in its planting, but actually has me dispirited at the missed opportunity.

May
23
2018
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks: St John’s Garden, EC1

This small park near to Farringdon station is unsurprisingly, a former church graveyard, but also the site of a tumultuous period of English history.

Apr
25
2018
London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1

London’s Pocket Parks – Percival Triangle, EC1

A patch of council housing in Clerkenwell has been recently improved by replacing concrete and cars with grasses and greenery.

Dec
06
2017
Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes
Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes

Plans to use heat from tube tunnels to warm homes

An experiment is underway that will soon see heat from tube train tunnels being used to heat homes and businesses around parts of Islington.

Sep
21
2017
Tickets Alert: Climb the Cally Tower
Tickets Alert: Climb the Cally Tower

Tickets Alert: Climb the Cally Tower

Next month sees an occasional opening of the Caledonian Park Clock Tower and a chance to climb the narrow steps to the very top for amazing views across North London.

May
15
2017
Advent Calendar – Day 4
Advent Calendar – Day 4

Advent Calendar – Day 4

The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it's of London's old railway stations.

Dec
04
2016
Chance to climb to the top of the Cally Park Clock Tower
Chance to climb to the top of the Cally Park Clock Tower

Chance to climb to the top of the Cally Park Clock Tower

Next weekend sees an occasional opening of the Caledonian Park Clock Tower and a chance to climb the narrow steps to the very top for amazing views across North London.

Mar
03
2016
Edging Closer to Reopening the Cally Tower to the Public
Edging Closer to Reopening the Cally Tower to the Public

Edging Closer to Reopening the Cally Tower to the Public

Plans to reopen the derelict Caledonian Tower, with its incredible views over London have moved a step closer, after Islington Council showed off revamped plans for a visitor center.

Feb
05
2016
Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower
Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower

Stunning views from the top of the Cally Tower

150 years ago a meat market opened on the edge of London to cater to its growing population. To mark the location a mighty clock tower was built.

Sep
25
2014
Homes to be warmed by heat from tube tunnels
Homes to be warmed by heat from tube tunnels

Homes to be warmed by heat from tube tunnels

London Underground is to start an experiment to use the heat in the Northern Line tube tunnels to warm up homes on the surface.

Nov
15
2013
A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington
A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington

A double-decker bus doing push-ups in Islington

It's an art thing, but quite a fun one. A red double-decker bus is doing muscular push-ups outside the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Jul
24
2012
A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle
A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle

A look around the outside of Crumbles Castle

Surrounded by council block flats and next to a wide open green space called Bingfield Park near King’s Cross sits Crumbles Castle, a modest sized stone fortress of the sort that any Medieval knight would probably recognise. It is however,

Mar
21
2012

Quatermass and the Pit and a Church

Despite saying the other day that I am clearing out my film collection as I just don’t watch them any more, I am still a bit of a fan of cult movies. Last year, I attended a

Oct
05
2010