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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...

November 4, 2019

Why drive to a soulless out-of-town cinema when you can walk to your nearest independent for an altogether richer experience?

The reasons for supporting independent cinemas are plentiful but here are a few to get you started! Scroll down for 6 of the best too. 

Most are steeped in history – from Grade II Listed and stunning Art Deco buildings to neglected community halls which had seen better d...

November 1, 2019

A popular neighbourhood bar in Islington that serves the best brunches in town has just added a restaurant to its offering.

The Little Bat Bar on Islington Park Street, which is a sister business to whimsical cocktail bar Callooh Callay, has relaunched as the Little Bat Bar & Kitchen, welcoming Head Chef Ian McIntosh to the team and transforming part of the building into a 24-cover restaurant. The...

October 29, 2019

The man behind Monsieur Le Duck is at his happiest when he’s soaring through the air on a circus trapeze!

For a few hours each week Richard Humphreys leaves his Clerkenwell Restaurant and heads to Flying Fantastic to practice aerial circus skills, hoop and trapeze. He said: “I’m usually hanging on for dear life! It’s great fun, great for fitness, a real adrenaline rush and a great escape from the s...

October 22, 2019

One of Columbia Road’s most colourful businesses celebrates 15 years of trading this year.

Dandy Star has had a remarkable journey. It started life as a small T-shirt printing business set up by two artistic mums, had a spell supplying some of the Capital’s leading department stores and is now a beautiful shop and wholesale business.

The Local Buyers Club met with one its founders Charlotte Day, who...

October 21, 2019

We're turning Halloween on its head this year.

As well as trick-or-treating for sweets, families are invited to don their scary costumes and ask neighbours for food donations for Hackney Food Bank.

The scheme is being run by the Local Buyers Club in partnership with Location Location estate agency in Stoke Newington. Both companies have been long-term supporters of the Food Bank.

Jenna Fansa, co-foun...

October 14, 2019

The Twisted Fork Magic Café has teamed up with Thai restaurant Yum Yum for a series of shows.

Taking place in the basement bar of the Stoke Newington restaurant, the fist show is on Friday October 18th at 7pm featuring world class card magician Laura London (star of The Next Great Magician and Penn and Teller Fool Us, and also a Member of the Inner Magic Circle).

The show will also feature inc...

October 10, 2019

Two organisations dedicated to making life better in Islington have teamed up.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent businesses, is working closely with Islington Giving, an organisation helping those experiencing poverty, mental illness or isolation.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club with the code ISGIVE, they’ll donate £5 to Islington Giving to support loc...

October 10, 2019

Two organisations dedicated to making life better in Islington have teamed up.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent businesses, is working closely with Islington Giving, an organisation helping those experiencing poverty, mental illness or isolation.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club with the code ISGIVE, they’ll donate £5 to Islington Giving to support loc...

October 2, 2019

Generations of the Shah family have believed in the healing power of herbs and spices – using them to maintain well-being and cure minor ailments.

Urban Veda's founding father, Manganlal Shah was an Ayurveda practitioner and became one of the first to bring the ancient Indian healing philosophy to the UK. He was fascinated to learn how these exotic herbs could treat internal ailments and brought h...

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