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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.

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

Free refreshments are provided – tea, coffee and fruit juice from 6.30pm, followed by a nutritious buffet 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

Singer/songwriters Zoe and Zara entertained the group in April 2013

(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

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

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)

“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 1 August
    Fraudcast News. Author, activist and campaigner Patrick Chalmers will read from his book 'Fraudcast News – How Bad Journalism Supports Our Bogus Democracies' and discuss how it relates to current political events at all levels, ranging from climate change inaction, renewed conflict in Iraq, Scottish independence or the rise of UKIP.

    Full details of this and all our forthcoming Friday Evening Events here!

  • Marthe and Jon’s half marathon for SLT!

    On Sunday 28th September 2014 two of our Philosophy Forum volunteers, Marthe Kerkwijk and Jon Norton, will be competing in the Ealing Half Marathon to raise funds for the Stuart Low Trust.

    Find out more here and donate here!

  • Philosophy Forum returns September

    SLT’s Philosophy Forum will resume on Sunday 21 September 2014.

    For more info and registration details click here. For notes from previous sessions click here

  • Download our Annual Report

    SLT's 2012/13 Annual Report and Accounts can be downloaded here.