Italians in Islington

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Read about the history of Italians in Islington here

From 12-25 August, Islington celebrates its Italian connection with a series of talks, walks and events. Find out more below!

Gangsters, Gelato and Garibaldi walk
17 August, 11am-12.30pm
Starts at Chancery Lane Underground Station, WC1V 6DR
Explore the colourful story of the Italian community in Clerkenwell and the area around Hatton Garden. Discover organ grinders and fortune tellers, the exploits of gangster Darby Sabini and Carlo Gatti, the man who introduced ice cream to the masses. The story of Italian migration starts just over the border in Camden and the walk ends outside the famous Terroni Italian Deli in Clerkenwell Road, where gelato and other Italian delicacies can be enjoyed. Garibaldi biscuits will be served en route!
Book your place

Little Italy – The Story of London’s Italian Quarter
20 August, 6-7.15pm
Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB
During the 19th century the Italian population in London grew in one part of London so much so that the area became known as ‘Little Italy’. Tudor Allen returns to Finsbury Library to tell the fascinating story of the Italian Quarter in Holborn and Clerkenwell from the time of the first Italian settlers to the last days of the community in the late 20th Century. Tudor Allen is archivist at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.
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Italian Story and Rhyme Time
Wednesday 21 August, 11am
N4 Library, 26 Blackstock Road, N4 2DW
Join Italian playgroup Talia e la Valigia delle Idee for a fun session with stories and rhymes in Italian to encourage your children to learn and practice the language and get a taste of the beautiful Italian culture.
Ages 1-4 years. This event is part of our regular Under 5s morning.
Free event. No booking needed.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.

Ferrante Fever: A Reading and Creative Writing Workshop
Thursday 22 August, 6.30-8.30pm
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Join novelist Ellen Wiles for a reading and writing workshop exploring the work of Italy’s most famous contemporary novelist, Elena Ferrante, and to experiment with your own creative writing, inspired by Ferrante’s work and the Estorick’s collection. No creative writing experience necessary to participate! To get most out of the reading workshop, we encourage
you to read My Brilliant Friend or any other novels by Ferrante in advance.
£12, £10 members
To book please call 020 7704 9522 or check

Special events with the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art 

Drop-in workshops, no booking required. Free for children accompanied by adult paying admission to the Estorick Collection.

Journeys through space
Wednesday 14 August, 11am-2pm
Learn to make your own flip book animation and digital film to create an exciting journey
through different tubes, tunnels and portals.

Scheggi Set Design
Wednesday 21 August, 11am-2pm
Design and model your own layered theatre set inspired by the artwork and costume designs of Paolo Scheggi and test out different lighting to document it in striking photographs.

Adult Art Classes

Extending Architecture
Monday 12 August 6.30-8.30pm
Join artist Greta Davies to explore the interior spaces of the Estorick Collection’s Georgian building, using vinyl and tape to create patterns that adapt the perception and experience of the museum environment.
£20, £17 members

Between Surfaces
Monday 19 August 6.30-8.30pm
Textile designer Chiara Cola will lead this class in creating deeply layered compositions using coloured card cut-outs inspired by Paolo Scheggi’s artworks and introduce techniques to develop these into bold textile pattern designs.
£20, £17 members

To book please call 020 7704 9522 or check our website
For enquiries contact
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39A Canonbury Square, N1 2AN

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