Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof. Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
Angel Central are celebrating International Women’s Day by shining a light on some inspiring women from the local community. With the help of Nicola from the Islington Faces blog, she has interviewed four brilliant women who not only work hard in their community but are inspirational figures for younger generations too. If you want to give a shout out to an inspirational woman you know, give them a shout out in the comments under the blog on our social media channels!
Merium Bhuiyan calls herself “Islington through and through”, but her first love is makeup. She fell in love with lipstick aged three-years-old and has now turned her passion into CakeFace Makeup, a business that mixes education, community work and confidence coaching. “People say you are either a teacher or a make-up artist, how can you be both? But when I’m thinking about the link between the two it seems quite obvious – you go to school to better yourself and you put on makeup to do the same. It’s self-care and it’s fun,” says Merium.
You may recognise Merium as she is on the board of the Islington Faiths Forum, sitting on the advisory committee on inter-faith relations. She’s consulted on plays at Park Theatre (specifically those that are to do with Islam) and after the 2017 attack on Finsbury Park did some interviews with the BBC. She also met with Prince Charles when he came to Muslim Welfare House.
Come and join a Q&A about How To Live Your Best Life in Islington with Merium Bhuiyan from CakeFace Makeup; Archway-based Choices director Sheri Lawal and women4Islington’s Flora Williamson on Saturday 27 April. Tickets are free.
Jane Parker has an artist’s eye. She’s quick to show you the history of Islington: ghost adverts, Art Deco façades, old tiles and hints of Victorian shop fronts. Islington Faces first met Jane at an N7 community street party where she was selling jewellery that she’d made from clay pipes. She’d found the pipes while mudlarking by the River Thames. Jane then transformed her recycled finds into necklaces, earrings and key fobs, selling them to people who get a kick out of wearing a piece of London history that dates back to the 17th century. Jane’s next business adventure was to train as a Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. Now she leads walks around the borough uncovering how Islington’s streets have changed over the years. Jane’s big interest is Holloway Road: previously considered to be the Oxford Street of the north, this major artery forms the backbone of her Art Deco, ghost sign and literary walks.
JanesLondonWalks normally cost £12/£9 but she will be running a free walk during the Inspiring Islington exhibition on Tuesday 9 April, 11am-12.30pm. http://www.janeslondonwalks.com
It’s so easy to take food for granted, but former fashion buyer, Roshni Shah, has turned her passion for food into a way of giving back to the community. For starters she volunteers for Foodcycle Finsbury Park collecting, cooking up and serving food that would otherwise be binned (from Morrison’s, City Harvest and Fresh & Fruity). She also hosts her own supper club. Supper clubs are a big trend – an intimate way to eat delicious food in a local’s home – and Roshni’s 8 Plates Supper Club, which meets monthly quickly books up. She specialises in creating amazing Indian and Middle Eastern fusion meals that look fabulous and taste even better because the ingredients are seasonal, fresh and vegetarian.
Twitter: @8Platespopup. Insta: @8platesupperclub, Facebook @8platessupperclub
Roshni’s next supper club is on Saturday 23 March, for a five-course Indian and Middle Eastern feast, cost £39.99, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/8-plates-supper-club-17387743125
Enjoy a Foodcycle lunch at Finsbury Park Community Centre on Corker Walk, N7– meals are free, open to all Saturdays, 12.30pm. Volunteers for collecting food and kitchen work can register at Foodcycle on https://www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/finsbury-park/
“There’s still an underlying idea that people who are disabled don’t go to the cinema, or on holiday or out with friends. But they do!” says Raquel Siganporia, who was paralysed after an operation when she was 11-years-old went wrong. Raquel is a partner at N1 legal firm, Bolt Burdon Kemp, but she shocked Islington Faces by explaining that if she eats at her favourite Upper Street restaurant she is unable to use their toilet, so has to cross the road to find a wheelchair accessible toilet.
“If I could get every member of the local council and every business owner to sit in a wheelchair that’s what I’d like to do. People don’t intend to be unaware of the issues but why would they know what someone in a wheelchair needs? If you see a customer who uses a wheelchair ask them, or ask what could you do to make things better? You’ll get feedback!”
Want to find out more about making your business or shop legally-compliant and easy for people using wheelchairs or buggies to enter? If so, contact Raquel at Bolt Burdon Kemp, https://www.boltburdonkemp.co.uk/
Nicola and her Islington Faces blog have been active since 2012, giving a voice to the local community and the amazing stories happening within this amazing area.
The people living and working in Islington could tell so many stories, and now a handful of the 300 people who’ve been profiled on Islington Faces, will star in the Inspiring Islington photography exhibition running at Islington Museum from 5 April – 3 June 2019, with photographs taken by local photographer Kimi Gill. To find out more about the blog and the upcoming free photography exhibition see https://www.islingtonfacesblog.com/events/
Photography courtesy of Kimi Gill