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March 28, 2019

 (Picture courtesy of Earlybird Cards)

We don’t buy this piffle that Mother’s Day is an over-commercialised day designed to get you spending!

What’s wrong with showing a little thanks for the love, the care and the constant work mums devote to us and a little appreciation for the havoc motherhood wreaks on bodies and minds! And if we can do that while keeping it local – all the better!

So with that i...

March 18, 2019

Islington’s independent heart beats loudly.

This is an area guide with a difference – giving you the inside track on the best way to experience this vibrant borough like a local. There’s so much on offer here that your time could be happily occupied without visiting a single big-chain business.

Rising rents and business rates mean conditions are tough for many traders – they need your support more t...

February 12, 2019

Left Valentine’s till the last minute? We bring you some top romantic ideas worth staying local for.

1. PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

Top of the list is Earlybird Cards on Stoke Newington Church Street. Fabulous, off the wall cards, feature slogans like: ‘I love you, you big knobhead’ and ‘I love that when I’m with you I don’t have to pretend to be a nice person’ as well as some more conventionally romant...

February 11, 2019

A London café owner has built a unique alliance with a trader from Cameroon whose workers risk their lives to export coffee from their war-ravaged country.

Richard Clark of The Twisted Fork is one of just a handful of cafes to team up with Matti Foncha – a Cameroon coffee trader on a mission to get a fair price for his farmers and to share his community’s plight with the wider world.

The Twisted For...

February 5, 2019

Landlords demanding astronomical rent increases from small businesses are eroding East London’s communities and way of life.

That’s the claim by The East End Trades Guild, which represents more than 250 independent businesses in the area. They say one trader was driven to suicide, others have left town after decades in business here and many more have huge worries for the future.

One Bethnal Green b...

February 5, 2019

Once known as ‘The Devil’s Mile’ (on account of crime levels, drunkenness and prostitution), Upper Street has seen it all.

Originally a hilltop village serving local farmland, Upper Street and Lower Street (as Essex Road was once known) have been in existence since the 12th century. Henry VIII (1491-1547) used to hunt for ducks in the ponds just off Upper Street and writer and explorer Sir Walter R...

February 2, 2019

Dig out your squirty flowers and polish your red nose - a memorial service with a difference is coming to Hackney and clowning around is mandatory.

Hundreds of clowns in full circus regalia from all over the world are preparing to descend on Haggerston for the 73rd annual Grimaldi Service at the All Saints Church on Sunday February 3 (3pm).

The service is in memory of the legendary clown Joseph Grim...

February 1, 2019

500 years ago, a man called John Sworder donated £40 to his church for the poor. 

His pledge is now worth millions and his story continues to inspire others to give and to help change lives in a very practical way.

Islington Giving delivers more than £1 million worth of grants each year to grassroots organisations which help those experiencing poverty, families and young people and those who feel is...

January 23, 2019

A restaurant in Newington Green is serving up a slice of Southern Italy and it’s become hugely popular with London-based Italians.

Trattoria N16 has been trading for around 12 years but a year ago co-owner Demetris Demetriou bought his partner out of the business and went from silent partner to running the show.

The business, which serves up hundreds of pizzas on a typical weekend day, has a te...

January 21, 2019

Dig out your squirty flowers and polish your red nose - a memorial service with a difference is coming to Dalston and clowning around is mandatory.

Hundreds of clowns in full circus regalia from all over the world are preparing to descend on Dalston for the 73rd annual Grimaldi Service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday February 3 (3pm).

The service is in memory of the legendary clown Joseph Grimaldi...

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