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Friday Evening Events

Friday Evening Events are free, sociable and fun gatherings in a friendly environment.

Events are held every Friday at St Mary’s Community Centre, Upper Street, Islington N1 2TX (next to St Mary’s Church) from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Click here for a map and directions and here for our current programme (PDF flyer here).

We are here every single Friday evening of the year, including Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day or any other public holiday when these fall on a Friday – basically, if it’s a Friday evening, we’ll be here!

Free refreshments are provided – tea and coffee from 6.30pm, followed by a freshly made sandwich and fruit juice at 7.00pm.

At 7.30pm there is a presentation, performance or entertainment – it could be live music, comedy, tips on health and wellbeing, a talk on local history or a lecture on astrophysics! We’re sure you’ll find something of interest in our programme - or just come along to meet new people and relax.

SLT has been running Friday Evening Events since 2001. As with all SLT events, everyone is welcome to attend – you don’t have to be an Islington resident. Just come along and check us out!

Below are photos from some of our previous Friday Evening Event presentations

Poet, musician and comedian John Hegley is a regular Yuletide visitor (photo Philip Wilson)

(April 2014) Barbara Taylor, Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London and author of The Last Asylum (Penguin 2014), talks about her experiences as a user of mental health services in the 1980s, including the friendships she formed while a patient in Friern Hospital in north London

Dr Andrew Szydlo of Highgate School presents his fantastically entertaining chemistry demonstration “As If By Magic!” (photo Glenn Bassett)

Andrew brews up a pot of liquid nitrogen “tea”! (photo Glenn Bassett)


Highbury Fields School Big Band pay a second visit to SLT’s Friday Evening Event in November 2014

Singer/songwriters Zoe and Zara meet with participants after entertaining the group in April 2013

“Dave Elvis” (David Holman) and RoadWorks perform at our 500th Friday Evening Event in June 2012

Puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew brings along some friends from his long career in TV, film and theatre

Paul and the team from Theorem Hair Art presenting Bonsai Bingo

  • This Friday…

    Friday 27 November – Health Inequality and Justice

    In virtually all countries of the world, richer, better educated, and higher status people live longer and in better health than poorer, less well educated and lower status people. Jonathan Wolff, Professor of Philosophy at UCL, will look at the reasons why this might be, whether the resulting inequalities in health are unjust, and what could be done to change the situation.

    Full details of all our forthcoming Friday Evening Events here!

  • Lou and Virginia commended in 2015 VAI Awards

    One of the Stuart Low Trust's longest serving volunteers, Lou Baron, and SLT Chair of Trustees Virginia Low have both received commendations in Voluntary Action Islington’s Volunteer of the Year Awards.

    Read more & see pics here.

  • Friday Evening Event volunteering opportunities

    SLT is currently recruiting for a number of volunteer roles – see here for more details.

  • SLT wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015

    The Stuart Low Trust has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. See here for more information and photos!

  • Philosophy Forum

    Our friendly philosophy discussion group resumes on Sunday 27 September 2015, 4.00 - 6.15pm in Archway N19. Get in touch for more details.

  • Download our Annual Report

    SLT's 2013/14 Annual Report and Accounts can be downloaded here.

  • Meet Hannah

    The Stuart Low Trust’s Chief Executive, Hannah Kalmanowitz, has been interviewed for the Islington Faces blog. Find out more about Hannah’s long association with Islington and why she’s so pleased to be involved in SLT here!