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Written off by her teachers, Sally Gardner is now a bestselling children’s author and outspoken campaigner on education.


London's livery companies go back to medieval times. Here’s our guide to EC1 guilds' halls…


It’s one of the most terrible events in the history of the capital – the onslaught of the Great Plague, which took hold around this time of year in 1665.


Four decades after moving to Clerkenwell, 79-year-old family firm Robert Hale is still publishing an eclectic list of titles ranging from Jane Austen and equestrian books to horror classic Psycho.


Did you know there's a salvage store next to a Tube tunnel beneath the Barbican, where residents can get original door handles and light fittings?


Close-run contests, scandal-hit MPs... With a General Election on the horizon, we see how our constituency, Islington South & Finsbury, sizes up on the political map


A radical, rake and reformer, John Wilkes remains a hero for lovers of liberty 290 years after his birth in Clerkenwell.


Dr Johnson is the world's most famous lexicographer, and 2014 marks 100 years since the house where he worked was opened to the public. Andre Paine takes a tour and learns about Johnson's literary life in Clerkenwell...


Everything But the Girl may have been missing from the charts for 15 years, but former member Ben Watt’s made the musical comeback of 2014 – and it all started in EC1.


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