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July 28, 2019

(The Pantry Underwear team. Elly Rusted: centre

It’s amazing how weather dependent the underwear business is!

“When the sun’s out and shoppers haven’t the hassle of peeling off layers to try stuff on – and when people start to think about wearing revealing things, that’s when we’re at our busiest!”, said Elly Rusted who owns The Pantry Underwear on Camden Passage.

The 30-year-old set up The Pantry...

July 16, 2019

(Maryna Fontenoy, Beaucatcher) 

From the outside Beaucatcher might look like an ordinary hair salon, but step inside and you’re in for a treat.

The walls of this Stoke Newington salon have been providing pop-up gallery space for talented local artists for 15 years. Each exhibition lasts for around three months and all the artwork is available to buy.

Maryna Fontenoy founded Beaucatcher from her flat...

July 16, 2019

(The team at Hackney Foodbank) 

Residents with severe mental health problems are being thrown on the scrapheap and left to a downward spiral of poverty under the new Universal Credit system.

That’s the verdict of the team at Hackney Foodbank who say poverty is the worst they’ve ever known it – they say most of the people going hungry and struggling to pay rent are those with conditions like depressi...

July 3, 2019

There’s beauty in the fact that London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries are teeming with life…

Not the rising from the dead, ghost and vampire kind of life (though there have been stories!) – but rare birds, bees, bats and butterflies, foxes, badgers and insects.

Far from being simply places of mourning, the best of the city’s cemeteries are now sites of natural importance, green lungs in the busy met...

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