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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...

May 30, 2018

Book lovers, history buffs, foodies and families are in for a treat this week as Stoke Newington Literary Festival prepares to enthral.

The event, dubbed “the coolest literary festival of the summer” by Authonomy, is in its ninth year and the line-up won’t disappoint.

Novelist Ali Smith will be taking a look at London’s fractured communities on the opening night and delving into issues like Brexit,...

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...

April 10, 2018

An amazing array of talented chefs have set up in and around Stoke Newington – offering a refreshing, more colourful option to big chains.

Despite massive rents and competition from generic brands, the area has independent restaurants which are brimming with character and flavour. Whether you fancy a quick burger, exquisite Mediterranean, French or Thai food, handmade Italian or a taste of Jamaica...

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