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April 28, 2019

Take That’s Mark Owen has recorded a charity single with children at Grasmere Primary in Stoke Newington.

The world-famous singer re-released ‘Hold up a Light’, one of Take That’s most popular songs, in tribute to Linda Brown, whose son Jamie (a dad at the school) co-wrote the song. Linda, a former singing teacher, died aged 71 from cancer last year and money raised will go towards the hospice that...

April 19, 2019

Looking to get out of the big smoke? 

Stunning beaches, historic towns, chalk caves and even the chance to ski are just a short drive or train journey away.

Check out our top 8 list of the best day trips from North and East London. 


This flat, compact city has it all – Oxford University and its 38 colleges, Bodleian Library, museums, a castle, brilliant shopping, more than 1,500 listed build...

April 15, 2019

Mischievous pixies are dodging Islington’s sky-high property prices and setting up bijou homes all over the area.

Little pixie doors and bug hotels have been appearing in tree trunks around town with pretty little gardens, painted pebbles, house-signs, flowers and even signs of life like pixie washing hanging on the line and a miniature post box.

They’ve been spotted at Spitalfields Park, Canonbury...

April 9, 2019

Volunteers are needed to help serve families at Hackney Food Bank’s lunch club this Easter Holidays. They are also appealing for food donations. 

School holidays are tough for families experiencing poverty who, without the help of free school lunches, are faced with an extra meal to provide each day.

So the Food Bank runs a lunch club at the Florence Bennett Centre on weekdays to make sure locals do...

April 5, 2019

When world-renowned bartender and rum connoisseur Georgi Radev made cocktails for a small drinks party, it sparked a life-changing friendship and the beginnings of a new business.

Steve Kyprianou, who hosted the gathering on his Highbury roof terrace, said: “Georgi arrived with suitcases full of every kind of fresh tropical fruit, syrups, mixers and spirits and made the most sensational cocktails....

April 3, 2019

Three years ago, Vanessa Beni’s world came crumbling down when the breakdown of her relationship left her unable to provide for her and her young daughter.

They moved out of their penthouse and in with her parents and Vanessa sold everything she owned to make ends meet.  Her previously lavish lifestyle was over, and her life had reached a major crossroads.

For a while Vanessa, 32, enrolled at Identi...

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