It’s paradise in the parks; community and multicultural life; chilling out at the old Savoy cinema

Thursday, 25th May 2017 — By Paamela Machado

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Gail Murphy, 43, has been living in Islington for more than nine years and always brings her three-year-old to play on the slide at Biddestone Park, near her home in Hornsey Street. She is very fond of living in the Holloway Road area. “The location is quite handy, it’s quite central and I work centrally. I love that we live not very far from Upper Street, where we have the nice shops, restaurants and bars.” Gail also loves the other “green places”, particularly Paradise Park.

Susan Powel, 50, was born and raised in the borough. She now lives near Holloway Road and has “no intention to move anywhere else at all”. She spends most of her time taking care of her father but always finds time to enjoy a coffee in Costa in Holloway Road, where she meets friends and family. Susan appreciates mostly the area’s sense of community, the markets and the multicultural environment. “I love everything about Islington,” she says.

Paul Catheraw, 51, spends most of his time in Islington: he lives in Old Street, works in Angel and hangs out around Holloway Road. “I come here twice a week to have a drink, relax and chill out”, says Paul while enjoying a pint at the old Savoy cinema, now Wetherspoon’s The Coronet. Paul mentions safety as a minor issue in Holloway Road, comparing it unfavourably to where he lives. “I don’t think it’s too safe around here – Old Street is better in that sense.”

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