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February 7, 2020

Staff at The Bread Station thought it was gold when Spandau Ballet’s Martin and Gary Kemp popped in and ordered their "Spandau" pastry.

The London Fields bakery, which uses traditional Danish baking methods, has been serving the Spandauer (a sweet Danish pastry) since they opened.

A member os staff at the bakery said: “This was completely out of the blue, but it was GOLD! So great to have them in th...

January 28, 2020

Bare Brew – Wanstead’s award-winning café - is a real family affair.

When Lisa Hampson-Isteed quit her job as a sound engineer in reality TV shows to set up a business with her fitness instructor wife Gemma, their families were right behind them.

Lisa’s dad (an engineer) made the tables out of old scaffolding planks, Gemma’s mum made the cushions out of coffee sacks, and the whole family mucked in a...

January 22, 2020

(Credit: @ketones6000 & @blankwallscollective) 

Now, says Sir David Attenborough is “the moment of crisis.”

The United Nations predicts that millions of refugees will have legitimate grounds to flee their homes because the impacts of climate change puts their lives at risk.

Uncontrollable fires, rising sea levels, crop failures, mass animal extinction – climate change is playing out before our eyes....

January 20, 2020

A popular magic café in Stoke Newington is expanding its programme of events.

The Twisted Fork, which launched on the High Street as the world’s first magic themed coffee bar in the summer of 2018, is shifting its focus to parties, workshops and shows.

The coffee bar will continue to trade on limited hours, offering cakes, coffee and magic between 10am and 6pm from Thursday through till Sunday, clos...

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...

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