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October 9, 2018

Over 210 years ago members of the Ince family came to East London almost penniless and set up a business making and repairing umbrellas. 

They came to Spitalfields because the silk industry was thriving there and it was a good spot from which to sell into the city. 

The umbrellas produced by James Ince & Sons Umbrellas Ltd were hand-sewn by gas light and sold on markets in London and Suffolk. Umbrel...

October 1, 2018



Wide-fit shoe designers Sargasso & Grey have caught the eye of A-list celebrities, stylists and a member of the royal family


Launched by Katie Owen in 2014, the company, which produces classic and timeless luxury leather shoes for ladies with wider feet, has supplied shoes to Hollywood’s Jennifer Garner and TV presenters Holly Willoughby and Lorraine Kelly. A prominent royal has also been spotte...

September 25, 2018

Has the dip in temperature set your mood to blue? Research into the health benefits of singing shows it could be just the think to perk you up!

Did you know singing improves your sense of wellbeing, reduces pain, improves breathing, speech and posture?

Since the dawn of time singing has been a way of marking community life – celebrating births, deaths and work. In many less technological societies i...

September 5, 2018

The world’s first magic and illusion-themed café, The Twisted Fork, has opened in Stoke Newington and will awaken even the most jaded imaginations.

10 minutes in this quirky café is enough to lift the spirits as in-house and visiting magicians perform up-close street-style magic to customers for free.  

Jenna Fansa, of the Local Buyers Club, said: “We visited The Twisted Fork with our two child...

July 12, 2018

If, like us, England’s defeat to Croatia has left you deflated and in need of a pick-me-up check out our top 10 list for spirit-lifting activities in North and East London.


This 178-metre-high artwork was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor and is utterly exhilarating. You’ll travel from top to bottom in just 40 seconds...

June 6, 2018

Fancy joining North London’s Biggest Zombie Walk or sitting in the sun (finger’s crossed) and watching 80s classic Footloose?

This weekend the annual Crouch End Festival (the UK’s biggest community art festival) offers a packed schedule of fun with around 200 performers at over 60 venues.

On Saturday June 9th there’ll be a craft market from 10am till 5.30pm featuring vintage accessories and homeware...

May 9, 2018

Hopefully you've already entered our competition to win lunch every day for a week (well 5 days!) at any of the top lunch spots featured in this article. If not, just click to enter on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (T's & C's below)

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 mea...

May 5, 2018

As the sun comes out a little more we know just the spots to enjoy some alfresco dining.

Our top-15 list includes an award-winning parkside café, a foodie-bar with a view of the canal, a restaurant with a stunning walled garden, a brand new East London market and some fabulous places to soak up the hubbub of a busy high street and people-watch.

Here they are, in no particular order.

The pretty walle...

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...

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