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We believe your experiences of the brilliant businesses featured in Local Buyers Club will be all the richer if you get to know them a little. That's why we're bringing you their stories and their news.  Our businesses are brimming with passion and personality - just the qualities that make living local so appealing.

April 5, 2019

When world-renowned bartender and rum connoisseur Georgi Radev made cocktails for a small drinks party, it sparked a life-changing friendship and the beginnings of a new business.

Steve Kyprianou, who hosted the gathering on his Highbury roof terrace, said: “Georgi arrived with suitcases full of every kind of fresh tropical fruit, syrups, mixers and spirits and made the most sensational cocktails....

March 28, 2019

 (Picture courtesy of Earlybird Cards)

We don’t buy this piffle that Mother’s Day is an over-commercialised day designed to get you spending!

What’s wrong with showing a little thanks for the love, the care and the constant work mums devote to us and a little appreciation for the havoc motherhood wreaks on bodies and minds! And if we can do that while keeping it local – all the better!

So with that i...

March 18, 2019

Islington’s independent heart beats loudly.

This is an area guide with a difference – giving you the inside track on the best way to experience this vibrant borough like a local. There’s so much on offer here that your time could be happily occupied without visiting a single big-chain business.

Rising rents and business rates mean conditions are tough for many traders – they need your support more t...

February 19, 2019

Frustrated at the volume of items in health shops containing “nasties”, two London-based entrepreneurs have launched their own store selling only the purest products.

After more than a decade managing health shops, Ivana Vyravcova kept encountering products with labels that made her uneasy – additives, binders, fillers and other synthetic ingredients.

18 months ago, she and fiancé Ivo Aulik decided...

February 5, 2019

Once known as ‘The Devil’s Mile’ (on account of crime levels, drunkenness and prostitution), Upper Street has seen it all.

Originally a hilltop village serving local farmland, Upper Street and Lower Street (as Essex Road was once known) have been in existence since the 12th century. Henry VIII (1491-1547) used to hunt for ducks in the ponds just off Upper Street and writer and explorer Sir Walter R...

February 4, 2019

Former classical chef Trystan Lloyd Williams and his auntie Einir Williams have always been passionate about music. 

But the resurgence of vinyl and advertisement of a local record shop for sale piqued their interest in making it more than a hobby.

Now they own Atomic, a vinyl and comic shop off Islington’s Camden Passage, which is about to celebrate its first birthday.

It has been a steep learning c...

February 2, 2019

Dig out your squirty flowers and polish your red nose - a memorial service with a difference is coming to Hackney and clowning around is mandatory.

Hundreds of clowns in full circus regalia from all over the world are preparing to descend on Haggerston for the 73rd annual Grimaldi Service at the All Saints Church on Sunday February 3 (3pm).

The service is in memory of the legendary clown Joseph Grim...

February 1, 2019

500 years ago, a man called John Sworder donated £40 to his church for the poor. 

His pledge is now worth millions and his story continues to inspire others to give and to help change lives in a very practical way.

Islington Giving delivers more than £1 million worth of grants each year to grassroots organisations which help those experiencing poverty, families and young people and those who feel is...

January 24, 2019

1. BETTER FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY

For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.

2. HELP BUILD COMMUNITIES

Popping out to your local butcher, florist, restaurant or pub builds familiarity. It’s the way friendships are made – the old-fashioned way, through eye-contact, a friendly ‘hello’ and a little small ta...

January 23, 2019

A restaurant in Newington Green is serving up a slice of Southern Italy and it’s become hugely popular with London-based Italians.

Trattoria N16 has been trading for around 12 years but a year ago co-owner Demetris Demetriou bought his partner out of the business and went from silent partner to running the show.

The business, which serves up hundreds of pizzas on a typical weekend day, has a te...

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