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January 13, 2020

When Megan Adams started to cut down on single use plastics it became something of an obsession.

Faced with a big commute to her nearest zero waste shop, she decided to ditch her career as a management consultant and set one up. 

A year after it opened, Re:Store in Hackney Downs Studios is going from strength to strength and recently joined forces with plastic-free retailer Unwrpd to offer an online...

December 19, 2019

It has been a record year for a Winter Toy Appeal that delivers gifts to children experiencing extreme poverty in North and East London.

This year the appeal, which is run by the Local Buyers Club in partnership with Location Location, has collected enough toys for around 4,500 children and a massive amount of food for Hackney Foodbank.

Vicky Bibiris, who helps to run the appeal, said: “It was touch...

December 10, 2019

Has the dip in temperature set your mood to blue? Research into the health benefits of singing shows it could be just the think to perk you up!

Did you know singing improves your sense of wellbeing, reduces pain, improves breathing, speech and posture?

Since the dawn of time singing has been a way of marking community life – celebrating births, deaths and work. In many less technological societies i...

December 6, 2019

If you thought gaming was the pursuit of geeky teenagers in dark and dingy bedrooms – think again!

A new venue in East London is drastically changing perceptions; offering a place to play video games that’s light, open, focused on food and drink and designed for social interaction.

Platform was set up in Shoreditch six months ago by brothers Tomaso and Niccolò Portunato, Lucas Weintraub, Jo Highfiel...

December 6, 2019

The perfect antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday takes place this weekend and it looks set to be super lovely.

Prepare yourself for Small Business Saturday on December 7! 

We’ve been genning up on what’s on and have put together suggestions for three brilliant ways to spend Small Business Saturday that offer the best local makers and sellers, the most festive vibe and fabulous food!

1. HEAD TO O...

November 30, 2019

Children at Benthal Primary School in Stoke Newington dressed up as toys for the day to raise money to buy Christmas gifts for children experiencing extreme poverty. 

The playground was filled with toy soldiers, Rubix cubes, Uno cards and even a space hopper. It’s the third year the school has supported the Winter Toy Appeal. Staff and pupils paid £1 to dress as toys on November 29th and a group of...

November 27, 2019

Independent traders in Stoke Newington are pulling out all the stops for A Very Stokey Christmas.

The event takes place on Sunday December 8 (11am till 5pm), with much of the activity centred outside the Fire Station on Church St.  There’ll be a snowball competition (with targets to aim at), a Santa’s grotto with lovely gifts and choirs will be singing!

The event will help raise funds for the Winter...

November 25, 2019

Forget Black Friday! Celebrate independent shops, artists, makers and small businesses instead!

The team behind the Just a Card campaign have launched Indie Week (from November 25th till the 29th) as a colourful alternative to Black Friday.

Since its launch in 2015 in a bid to bolster dwindling sales, the grassroots campaign has amassed over 10,000 independent high street and online businesses which...

November 13, 2019

As a teenager Poppy Alfredou dreamt of a life in fashion, she was underweight and had bad eating habits – the last place you’d find her was in the gym.

But when she moved from her home in Cyprus to study fashion at university in London, she stumbled across The Factory gym in Hornsey and it changed her life.

She’s one of many clients-turned fitness instructors who have quit their day jobs (or in her...

November 10, 2019

Imagine going without lunch every day so your children can eat.

Imagine being so hungry you load your coffee with seven sugars at the children’s centre.

Imagine queuing for food packages at a Food Bank because the wages you earn simply aren’t enough to cover the cost of food and rent or because you’ve been without benefits for five weeks while you wait for Universal Credits to come.

Imagine being the...

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