Tattoos at work: does body art mean a lack of professionalism?

by Sara Valle-Martínez Imagine the following scenario: you spend hundreds – sometimes thousands – of pounds on a tattoo design by your favourite artist. Just a few days later, when you’re finally able to share your beloved body art with the world after the tedious healing process has ended, your employer tells you that you …

Sweet goodbye to nostalgia: Sylvanian Families store closes in Finsbury Park

By Sara Scheeres and Sara Valle-Martínez. Photos by Sara Scheeres When you walk into the Sylvanian Families store in Finsbury Park, it feels like a coming-of-age film, right when you get to the scene where there's a flashback to the main character’s childhood.  Everything has a sepia filter and when the protagonist looks down, they realise …

Warm beer? Industry workers speak out amid economic crisis

By Sara Valle-Martínez, Lauren Spencer and Gabriela Yorgova Breweries might have to serve warm beer amid blackout warnings from the National Grid’s chief executive, and Holloway hospitality businesses are worried they might have to close down. John Pettigrew said earlier this month Britain could be affected by the winter blackouts from 4pm to 7pm during …

Good Fortune after the pandemic for tattoo studio in London

By Sara Valle-Martínez A couple of self-employed artists who were facing financial ruin because of the pandemic are planning to expand. Lianne and Jean Le Roux, owners of Good Fortune Studio in 123 King’s Cross Road, are hoping to move to Blackfriars by 2022. They opened their business after working in the permanent make-up and …

Student discounts to make a comeback to Holloway Road

By Sara Valle-Martínez Coffee shops along Holloway Road are no longer offering student discounts due to the measures they had to follow to adapt to life after Covid-19. Universities, including London Metropolitan, used online learning for the 2020-2021 course. With no students studying nor living in the area, most establishments closed their doors. Zee Coffee …