North East London hyperlocal portal Wednesday 22 February 2017

Holloway • Kings Cross • Barnsbury news

Holloway Prison: Sian Berry fears ‘expensive flats’ following new government report 

20 Feb

A leading campaigner for the “community” development of Holloway Prison has called on the government to commit to affordable housing on the site – after a new report made no mention of it.

This week 30 years ago: Pentonville Prison ‘at breaking point’ 

20 Feb

A Pentonville Prison officer feared the Caledonian Road jail was “on the brink”.

Contraband ‘lines’ dangle over walls of Pentonville prison today – in latest security breach 

16 Feb

These exclusive pictures show “lines” that could be used to smuggle contraband goods into HMP Pentonville dangling over the prison walls this morning.

Pentonville prison: Ropes dangle over jail’s walls in latest security breach 

16 Feb

These exclusive pictures show “lines” that could be used to smuggle contraband goods into HMP Pentonville dangling over the prison walls this morning.

Pentonville prison: Plot to smuggle package into jail is foiled as pink ropes seen dangling over wall 

16 Feb

Prison bosses say they have stopped an illicit package being smuggled into HMP Pentonville today.

Holloway prison: Campaigners to protest against plan to turn historic jail into luxury flats 

16 Feb

Campaigners are planning a demonstration outside Holloway prison, which closed last year, to demand it be used for the community rather than turned into luxury flats.

Upper Holloway woman ‘living in fear’ of raw sewage shooting out of kitchen sink 

16 Feb

A pensioner is “living in fear” of jets of human faeces shooting out of her kitchen sink.

This week 60 years ago: Holloway jeweller suspected of Hatton Garden heist 

15 Feb

A Holloway man was among three suspects in a Hatton Garden burglary.

Islington fire chief at Holloway School: ‘Brigade needs more diversity’ 

14 Feb

Islington’s fire boss is campaigning for a more diverse fire brigade.

Holloway Road fire: Old record shop goes up in flames days after drugs raid 

13 Feb

An abandoned record shop in Holloway Road went up in flames on Saturday morning – less than 48 hours after police stormed the building in a drugs raid.

Islington Green memorial for Upper Holloway sergeant’s ‘extreme courage’ in First World War 

13 Feb

The “conspicuous bravery” of an Upper Holloway sergeant in the First World War has been marked with a new memorial stone in Islington Green.

Upper Street tapas bar shut down hours before review 

7 Feb

A tapas restaurant closed for the last time 24 hours before its licence was to be reviewed by councillors.

‘Serious’ crash in Seven Sisters Road 

6 Feb

A crash has closed two lanes of Seven Sisters Road in Holloway.

QPR boss Ian Holloway calls for video technology in EFL 

4 Feb

QPR boss Ian Holloway says a lack of video technology is to blame for his side's Championship defeat at Blackburn.

Barnsbury homeowner’s Airbnb hell: ‘Noise forced me to sleep in my car’ 

2 Feb

Culture, food, proximity to the City – Islington is a top tourist destination.

This week 60 years ago: Holloway man thanked by court for mallet attack 

1 Feb

A magistrate told a crook who was hit over the head with a mallet: “That’s one of the occupational hazards of being a thief.

Paramedic ‘sacked after offering bereavement advice to patient who had lost baby’ 

1 Feb

Grieving Kerry Geoghan said student paramedic Sian Holloway 'handled me with care, dignity and respect - everything a woman needs when faced with losing a child...

Made in Islington: Love of ginger beer at root of new Holloway brewery’s mission 

31 Jan

Every week, we take to the streets to unearth something being manufactured or produced right here in Islington.

Man sectioned after repeatedly stabbing cousin in Holloway 

31 Jan

A man with paranoid schizophrenia who stabbed his cousin repeatedly in Holloway has been sectioned.

Woman from Poplar jailed for trying to smuggle knife into Pentonville Prison 

30 Jan

A woman caught trying to smuggle a weapon and drugs into Pentonville prison has been jailed in the week the Met Police began its latest phase in a campaign against knife crime.

This week 30 years ago: Cruel ‘cops’ fleece pensioners in Highbury and Holloway 

30 Jan

Bogus bobbies with detailed knowledge of police operations were preying on vulnerable pensioners and fleecing them of cash.

Woman jailed after trying to sneak knife and drugs into Pentonville Prison 

27 Jan

A woman who tried to smuggle a knife into Pentonville Prison has been jailed.

‘Devil-worshipper’ who raped teenager in his Satan-themed Barnsbury flat jailed for nine years 

21 Jan

A self-styled devil worshipper who locked a teenager in his Barnsbury flat and raped her has been jailed for nine years.

Meet the students who learn Marxist theory with Pentonville Prison inmates 

20 Jan

An unlikely combination of university students and inmates have achieved that rarest of feats – a feelgood story about Pentonville Prison.

Jail and bans for Arsenal and West Ham fans after Upper Street Wetherspoons brawl 

20 Jan

Violent Arsenal and West Ham fans who brawled outside a Wetherspoons pub in Upper Street have been jailed and banned from attending games.

Upper Street flooding: Thames Water reveals 10 victims still haven’t returned home 

19 Jan

Ten people whose homes were devastated by the Upper Street flooding at the start of December are still living out of a hotel.

Holloway care home resident cleaned with dish washing liquid to cut costs – report 

19 Jan

Staff at a Holloway care home were forced to clean a resident with washing up liquid because of the management’s obsession with cutting costs, a damning new report has claimed.

Doris Smart at 100: Barnsbury great-great-gran remembers a life of hard work as she clocks up a century 

18 Jan

A Barnsbury woman who made bullets in munitions factories during the war celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday.

Islington start-ups: Kichn, clean eating delivery in Barnsbury Road 

17 Jan

Every week, we take to the streets to find a start-up business right here in Islington.

Islington start-ups: Kichn, clean eating takeaway in Barnsbury Road 

17 Jan

Every week, we take to the streets to find a start-up business right here in Islington.

Holloway photographer Josh Redman on winning at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 

16 Jan

Holloway snapper Josh Redman’s clients include international businesses – but Islington is still his inspiration, he tells the Gazette.

Hyperlocal & blogs

We popped down to Central Station’s 25th! 

8 Feb

04/02/17: Cosy Kings Cross boozer Central Station turned twenty-five years old last weekend! In London gay years, that basically makes them Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Water leak, 8th February 

8 Feb

Water gushing from pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 105 Pentonville Road, N1 Report on FixMyStreet...

Islington Labour marks LGBT History Month 

7 Feb

The iconic LGBT flag will be flying over Islington Town Hall once again this February to mark LGBT History Month.

Little steam train comes to Kings Cross station 

1 Feb

Just over 150 years ago a little steam train left London, and later this month, it makes its first ever return visit to the city.

Holly Peterson: Gothic Valley WI 

1 Feb

Everyone has a story.


30 Jan

I sat in the Kings Cross Taxi Centre last night chatting to my normal crowd, most in their mid 60's to early 70s.

The New Kings Cross 

23 Jan

I found myself in Kings Cross on Friday and finally made a video documenting some of the new development around the back of the station that has been emerging for a couple of years now.

Blocked side entry gulley, 15th January 

15 Jan

Blocked side entry gulley north side Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 290 Pentonville Road, N1 Report on FixMyStreet...

Islington Giving celebrates Islington Women on International Women’s Day 

13 Jan

On International Women’s Day , Islington Giving will be hosting a Women’s breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Islington , Pentonville Road, N1.

Kings Cross ghostsigns and Pentonville Road 

13 Jan

Last year I wrote about the Daily Express sign at Willesden and within that I alluded to signs for the Daily News...

The Restored Lighthouse 

10 Jan

The famous lighthouse on the wedge building at Kings Cross has now been restored and the building that sat disused for many years has been renovated.

Just wonder if anyone knows Carl the angel….occasional volunteer, tough looking but ‘beautiful’ man with slicked back hair, wears dark rimmed glasses. 

9 Jan

Could be your neighbour, perhaps.

Sunken paving, fly tipping and fouling, 8th January 

8 Jan

The paving outside William Tyndale Primary School gates are sunken, allowing dirty water to collect in pools during wet days.

London’s weekly railway news #182 

5 Jan

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Plans for Camden Town tube station upgrade London Underground Peta have taken over an entire tube station with posters encouraging people to go vegan as part of an ambitious advertising campaign.


5 Jan

January blues? Meatliquor has got the cure (and no it’s not their new site in Kings Cross !).

Joe Hagland: remembers N7 in the 1950s 

5 Jan

Everyone has a story.

QX Recommends: Karaoke With Chris Reardon at Central Station! 

5 Jan

Central Station is one of the London gay scene’s hidden gems.


4 Jan

From Leeds to Brighton, MEATliquor has been spreading their wings far and wide, but the burger maestros have not forgotten their roots and are returning to London with a brand new joint.

Where else would Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery be apart from trendy Upper Street, Islington 

26 Dec

With a fashinably on trend name like Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery , you would not be surprised to discover that it is on Upper Street in Islington .

Singing for Palestine 

23 Dec

Large crowd joined in Christmas carols singing earlier tonight, 22 December'16 in Trafalgar Square in London.

Islington Labour Councillors Pledge to Count Armed Forces Community In 

22 Dec

Islington Council has pledged its support to The Royal British Legion’s Count Them In campaign , which calls on Government to include questions on the Armed Forces community in the next UK census.

Cycle lane has large holes, cracks and ridges which make it dangerous for cyclists. Just before the traffic lights on Barnsbury Road, heading North, 17th December 

17 Dec

The cycle lane heading north has dangerous potholes, cracks, ridges.

Victorian infrastructure means more flooding for years to come in London 

12 Dec

sinkhole on Lee High Road pic: Thames Water London’s Victorian-era water pipe infrastructure would take almost two centuries for Thames Water to replace at its current rate of work, EastLondonLines has found.

This Blog Post Is The Result of Floods, Bus Diversions, And A Broken Routine 

10 Dec

Once every couple of months, everything that can go wrong with London transport does go wrong.

Top Five: London Markets for Last Minute Shopping 

9 Dec

With Christmas fast approaching, the panic can begin to set in as you realise just how many gifts you still have to buy… Of course in London there’s no shortage of shops to explore, but if you fancy something a little different, why not try a ...

Thames Water faces traders’ fury as bill for flood devastation is expected to run into millions 

9 Dec

'Angel Tsunami' caused by a burst in a major pipe in Upper Street http://www.

Lights not working, 7th December 

7 Dec

Street light (column number 168) mot working, opposite Holloway Express 302 Holloway Rd N7 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Holloway Road, N7 Report on FixMyStreet...

Cally festive lights switch-on by Islington’s Mayor, Saturday 10th December 

7 Dec

The Cally street market returns to Tilloch Street with a special festive theme on Saturday 10th December .

Ideas about a tiled doorway at 265 Caledonian Road, N1 

7 Dec

You are probably already aware that I like to find nice old tiles or mosaics especially with the original company name embedded within them.

Dumping, 7th December 

7 Dec

Rubbish dumped on Holloway Road E11 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Holloway Road, E11 Report on FixMyStreet...

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