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October 14, 2019

The Twisted Fork Magic Café has teamed up with Thai restaurant Yum Yum for a series of shows.

Taking place in the basement bar of the Stoke Newington restaurant, the fist show is on Friday October 18th at 7pm featuring world class card magician Laura London (star of The Next Great Magician and Penn and Teller Fool Us, and also a Member of the Inner Magic Circle).

The show will also feature inc...

October 1, 2019

As a little boy growing up in Grimsby, the fishing industry was a huge part of Lewis Sparkes’ life.

His grandfather was a fisherman aboard a massive trawler – heading out to the North Sea for a week at a time and his father still runs a fish processing factory ‘Jaines Seafood’. Lewis’ childhood memories are of waking at the crack of dawn and heading to the docks with his dad for the fish auctions. 


May 1, 2019

 (Marvin Berglas, left, founder of Marvin's Magic and Richard Clark)

The world’s first magic café is expanding into retail.

The Twisted Fork in Stoke Newington is launching a magic shop on 4th May, offering tricks, magic sets, gadgets, optical illusions and more. The café will continue to run as usual.

Founder Richard Clark, who also runs an agency finding magicians for events, said the plan had alwa...

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...

March 1, 2019

Centuries of campaigning have helped make Stoke Newington one of London’s most vibrant, community-minded, independent and green neighbourhoods.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a nature-lover or a shopaholic, our area guide to Stoke Newington gives you the inside track on where’s best to go… from a local’s perspective.

It’s thanks to the dogged determination of locals to protect and improve...

December 18, 2018

Best friends Paula Chapman and Helen Collier are celebrating a year of running The Last Crumb café and work hub and say they’ve “found their groove.”

The biggest challenge for the popular Stoke Newington start-up has been finding the right chef to help run the kitchen and they say the answer lay in taking the unusual step of opting for a senior sous chef, instead of a Head Chef.

Helen said: “While o...

November 7, 2018

Demand for Hackney Foodbank could surge by up to 50 per cent over the next year, due in part to the recent rollout of Universal Credit.

Statistics announced by the Trussell Trust reveal that in areas that have had full Universal Credit for a year or more, foodbanks have seen a 52 per cent average increase in demand, compared to an increase of 13 per cent in areas without Universal Credit. 

The timin...

November 2, 2018

Things are heating-up at neighbourhood restaurant Andi’s as it prepares for a relaunch with a nod to its founder’s Caribbean heritage.

Andi’s on Stoke Newington Church Street is about to become Andi’s Wadadli Kitchen – Real Caribbean home cooking. Its new menu includes Chocolate Curry Goat, a recipe Andi has spent two decades perfecting!

Other dishes will include Plantain Fritters, Orange and Ginger...

September 11, 2018

TV presenter and restaurateur Andi Oliver has hit out at the lack of equality in cooking shows which means men are the only ones enjoying adventures.

The 54-year-old, who is one of the judges on The Great British Menu, said she’s determined to break the mould and adventure will form a major part of her next TV project.

In an interview about her life with the Local Buyers Club, she said: “There aren’...

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...

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