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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 bite to eat 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


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

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)

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 21 November – Finding Your Way Through Distressing Beliefs

    Rachel Waddingham and John Wetherell of Mind in Camden’s London Paranoia & Beliefs Project will explore what it means to hold beliefs about oneself and the world which aren’t necessarily shared by anyone else. Sometimes this is called paranoia. Drawing on their own lived experience of unusual and/or distressing beliefs, Rachel and John will take a look at the different ways of finding a path through such experiences and present a brief introduction to the work of the London Paranoia & Beliefs Project. The project aims to establish a network of peer support groups across London where people’s beliefs and their paranoia can be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual trust and validation.

    The London Paranoia & Beliefs Project is run in partnership with the National Paranoia Network.

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

  • Philosophy Forum

    Our friendly philosophy discussion group takes place on Sundays from 4.00pm to 6.15pm in Archway N19. Sessions are led by experienced philosophers, with plenty of opportunity for discussion. No previous study of philosophy is required.

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

  • Thank you Marthe and Jon!

    On Sunday 28th September 2014 Philosophy Forum volunteers Marthe Kerkwijk and Jon Norton completed the Ealing Half Marathon for the Stuart Low Trust.

    Find out how they did here and help them reach their target here!

  • Meet Hannah

    The Stuart Low Trust’s new manager, 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!

  • Download our Annual Report

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