islington has changed so much, more upmarket shops and places to eat and that includes art galleries too; you can visit the Estorick Collection with its Italian art collection in the handsome Canonbury square, or take a short walk to the wonderful lofty spaces housing the victoria miro and parasol galleries. they are kind of connected, and share a courtyard garden with a particularly lovely water installation and work by Robert Montgomery. I really liked the work by Idris Khan – very architectural. close by Suzy Harper has reopened with other makers at 99 Essex Road – lovely knitwear, and individual clothes. I have worn suzy’s cotton tops for many years and they never date and work with everything. we popped in for a coffee at the Bellanger – another French brasserie by Corbin & King; what with the Ivy opening up everywhere, they are all seeing to be too commercial now – and less of a special place to visit- more of a typical Parisian brasserie.