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April 30, 2018

A weekend job tempted classical musician Alexander Hurwitz away from his cello and into a career in gym management. 

Now the 34-year-old owns The Factory, having bought the gym he worked in a year ago.

He said: “I played the cello and got to a point where I had to make a choice about whether to go professional or not.  But the general advice from friends and family was to warn me off – mainly becaus...

April 27, 2018

Ever wondered what Church Street was like when horses and carts could still be seen trotting the streets? Or what today’s businesses were in yesteryear?

Stoke Newington history enthusiast Amir Dotan has been rifling through the archives and has collated a fascinating spreadsheet documenting the history of Stoke Newington’s shops. (Spreadsheet here)

(The Red Lion c. 1845)

We’ve looked back at some of...

April 18, 2018

Passion for food is in Dahmane Ladjassa’s DNA.

The Algerian-born chef helped in his father’s restaurant as a child before leaving for France aged 20 and then travelling to England to open a business. He later qualified as a professional chef, having studied fine dining and gastronomy at Westminster Kingsway College, where he was awarded a distinction and prizes.

Now he owns two branches of Boulanger...

April 10, 2018

An amazing array of talented chefs have set up in and around Stoke Newington – offering a refreshing, more colourful option to big chains.

Despite massive rents and competition from generic brands, the area has independent restaurants which are brimming with character and flavour. Whether you fancy a quick burger, exquisite Mediterranean, French or Thai food, handmade Italian or a taste of Jamaica...

April 10, 2018

A new discount card is causing a storm in North and East London.

The team behind the Local Buyers Club have negotiated brilliant discounts at more than 100 of the area’s best independent restaurants, cafés, bars and shops.

Just some of the 100+ independent businesses offering discounts to members

For just £12 per year customers can secure discounts of between 10 and 25% at amazing businesses througho...

Eating out in the City is so much more interesting than the offering from generic big-name High Street restaurants.

Food-loving City workers could be tucking into meals prepared by award-winning and innovative independents; from Indian street food and authentic jerk chicken to Haggis sandwiches.

We’ve been asking those in the know and eating our way around town to bring you our top City Indies. Lunc...

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