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November 30, 2019

Children at Benthal Primary School in Stoke Newington dressed up as toys for the day to raise money to buy Christmas gifts for children experiencing extreme poverty. 

The playground was filled with toy soldiers, Rubix cubes, Uno cards and even a space hopper. It’s the third year the school has supported the Winter Toy Appeal. Staff and pupils paid £1 to dress as toys on November 29th and a group of...

November 27, 2019

Independent traders in Stoke Newington are pulling out all the stops for A Very Stokey Christmas.

The event takes place on Sunday December 8 (11am till 5pm), with much of the activity centred outside the Fire Station on Church St.  There’ll be a snowball competition (with targets to aim at), a Santa’s grotto with lovely gifts and choirs will be singing!

The event will help raise funds for the Winter...

November 25, 2019

Forget Black Friday! Celebrate independent shops, artists, makers and small businesses instead!

The team behind the Just a Card campaign have launched Indie Week (from November 25th till the 29th) as a colourful alternative to Black Friday.

Since its launch in 2015 in a bid to bolster dwindling sales, the grassroots campaign has amassed over 10,000 independent high street and online businesses which...

November 13, 2019

As a teenager Poppy Alfredou dreamt of a life in fashion, she was underweight and had bad eating habits – the last place you’d find her was in the gym.

But when she moved from her home in Cyprus to study fashion at university in London, she stumbled across The Factory gym in Hornsey and it changed her life.

She’s one of many clients-turned fitness instructors who have quit their day jobs (or in her...

November 10, 2019

Imagine going without lunch every day so your children can eat.

Imagine being so hungry you load your coffee with seven sugars at the children’s centre.

Imagine queuing for food packages at a Food Bank because the wages you earn simply aren’t enough to cover the cost of food and rent or because you’ve been without benefits for five weeks while you wait for Universal Credits to come.

Imagine being the...

November 4, 2019

Why drive to a soulless out-of-town cinema when you can walk to your nearest independent for an altogether richer experience?

The reasons for supporting independent cinemas are plentiful but here are a few to get you started! Scroll down for 6 of the best too. 

Most are steeped in history – from Grade II Listed and stunning Art Deco buildings to neglected community halls which had seen better d...

November 1, 2019

A popular neighbourhood bar in Islington that serves the best brunches in town has just added a restaurant to its offering.

The Little Bat Bar on Islington Park Street, which is a sister business to whimsical cocktail bar Callooh Callay, has relaunched as the Little Bat Bar & Kitchen, welcoming Head Chef Ian McIntosh to the team and transforming part of the building into a 24-cover restaurant. The...

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