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August 31, 2017

Did you know organic crops are up to 68% higher in key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones?

In a bid to switch more people onto the benefits of organic food, The Soil Association have invented yet another National Month – Organic September. But we’ve been doing our research and, though the financial cost of switching is high, the arguments for choosing organic are pretty compelling.

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August 30, 2017

East End market traders Adam Bernstein and Ben Murtagh dreamed of escaping the cold and pursuing their passion for food and coffee.

Now they run Bernstein’s, one of Clapton’s most popular bars – bringing a taste of Jewish and Middle Eastern cuisine and East London’s finest beers and spirits to Chatsworth Road.

Adam, who used to co-run Victorian-inspired street food business What the Dickens, said: “...

August 29, 2017

Businesses in Hackney are singing the praises of a new membership club which offers discounts to those who shop local.

The Local Buyers Club, which launched just a month ago, already offers discounts at around 70 of East London’s best local and independent businesses.

And traders say it’s already making a difference.

Geoff Platt, a founder of The Hackney Vet, said: “The month after joining the Local...

August 25, 2017

Feeling energetic? Dig out your party shoes and prepare to let your hair down!

Or, you'd do just as well to dig out a comfy pair of trainers and get ready for an August Bank Holiday to beat all others. We’ve been looking at the weekend’s calendar and love the look of these five local events.

1. Notting Hill Carnival. Sunday and Monday from 9.30am on the streets of W10, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove a...

August 24, 2017

Burger Bears is opening a fast food branch of its highly-acclaimed burger restaurant on Holloway Road and relaunching the Horatia Pub as The Three Bears.

The company behind Stokey Bears is transforming the popular pub and relaunching it and has even been brewing its own pilsner beer called Goldilocks.

Founder Tom Reaney said: “It’ll still be a pub but the idea is craft beer and craft burgers. We’ll...

August 22, 2017

These three colourful characters are the men behind Deviant and Dandy, a new brewery which has been turning heads in East London.

Since its launch six months ago, the company has been ‘gypsy brewing’ (using space in other breweries to brew its beer) but the team are set to sign the lease on a new site behind Pressure Drop in Hackney Central.

It means they’ll be able to expand their production, incre...

August 20, 2017

As the Snorting Copper Banksy piece is rediscovered after devastating vandalism, we’ve taken a look at North and East London’s very best examples of street art.

The painting was found by developers on a disused public toilet in Shoreditch and depicts a policeman on his knees snorting cocaine. Despite being valued at £1.25m, it’s being restored and will be returned to its original site.

We’ve been po...

August 18, 2017

Some of East London’s markets have undergone huge transformation in recent years as foodies and fashion entrepreneurs use them as a business launch-pad.

Rising rents mean traders who may previously have taken on a shop-unit to establish their businesses are increasingly braving the early mornings and often inclement weather.

Many of today’s market traders boast thousands of social media followers, a...

August 17, 2017

A campaign by the Local Buyers Club to raise funds for Hackney Food Bank in their most difficult period has had a tremendous response.

As hundreds of local families struggle to make ends meet this summer holidays, we’ve just delivered a car full of supplies. And we’re fundraising again as the need is still so great.

For every membership bought between now and Sunday August 20th, we’ll donate £5 wort...

August 16, 2017

In the six decades shopkeeper Errol Adem has lived in Stoke Newington he says its sense of community hasn’t wavered.

Errol, who runs N16 Flowers and The Green Room Café with his wife Oya, was born and raised here –  he grew up in a four-storey Victorian House which stood where the fire station on Stoke Newington Church Street stands now.

He went to William Patten Primary School in the days when boys...

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