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October 30, 2017

As a young boy Sam Neophytou used to go to Sunday School in Crouch End’s Salvation Army Hall.

He went on to become a film director and four years ago he and his friend and actor George Georgiou converted that hall into the ArtHouse, an independent cinema/art centre, which has become a focus for community life.

“We’d been looking for a space to create a fringe theatre”, said Sam, 57. “When this place...

October 23, 2017

It has been a monumental year for haggis toastie business Deeney’s.

In 2017 the East London business was rated one of London’s Best Sandwiches by Time Out, they sold their first franchise to Tokyo and four weeks ago proprietors Carol Deeney, 30, and Paddy Dwyer, 32, tied the knot in Aberdeen.

The couple met through mutual friends at a music festival in Berlin. He worked in digital marketing and she...

October 19, 2017

A rubbish experience buying a bike and a bad day at work was just the motivation Ciaran Carleton needed to open his own bike shop.

The 33-year-old, who worked at Paul Smith in Covent Garden, used to cycle to work every day from his home in Stoke Newington but had little experience of cycling beyond that.

Now he runs Push, one of Hackney’s most popular bike shops – and his Mum and Dad live in the fla...

October 16, 2017

There’s nothing conventional about Becky Cocker.

The 35-year-old former town planner lives on a canal boat and runs her business Carv from a studio in Hackney Wick, using age-old leather-working techniques to handmake exquisite, modern bags.

Every fortnight she and her partner chug off down the canal in search of another picturesque spot.

“Living on the edges of the city and having an alternative lif...

October 10, 2017

Sick of scraping Weetabix off the floor or trying to chip it out of the baby’s hair?  Ever wish breakfast would be a little more zen and a lot less manic?

It’s time to experience brunch East-London style.

We’re talking cocktails (sometimes bottomless!), ambient restaurants and fabulous flavour combinations to wake-up your tastebuds. 

Brunch is typically a more indulgent experience than breakfast, a c...

October 7, 2017

London’s pyrotechnic crews, entertainers and foodies are gearing up for the mother of all fireworks nights.

The best events attract tens of thousands of people and tickets sell-out fast. We’ve asked around and researched to give you the lowdown and help you choose wisely.

Here’s our top five:

1. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival.  Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th.

This display is always...

October 6, 2017

In their 40 years of framing, staff at Vintiners in Crouch End have seen it all.

Among the more unusual items they’ve framed are a brick, a limited-edition packet of crisps, record sleeves, baby shoes and creative marriage proposals.  Some frames are so big they have to be assembled in the home.

The framer’s shop, which has been in Crouch End since the late 1800s, is owned by Tom Jones and is now la...

October 3, 2017

Supplies at local food banks are running desperately low and benefit sanctions and the rising cost of living means many families are turning to food banks for help.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club between now and October 8th we will donate £5 worth of food to Hackney or Haringey Food Bank ( depending on where you live).

Join now to support local business and save money a...

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