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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...

January 14, 2019

What could be more fun on a cold winter night than hanging upside down, swinging your hips and stretching your body parts to the edge?

An unusual N19 gym has expanded its range of classes to suit everyone in a bid to convince locals to leave the comfort of their couch and get their hearts pumping.

The Factory, which occupies the first and second floors of a Victorian textile factory is described as...

November 14, 2018

What could be more fun on a cold winter night than hanging upside down, swinging your hips and stretching your body parts to the edge?

An unusual N19 gym has expanded its range of classes to suit everyone in a bid to convince locals to leave the comfort of their couch and get their hearts pumping.

The Factory, which occupies the first and second floors of a Victorian textile factory is described as...

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...

October 29, 2018

Sassoon and Aveda trained hairdresser Bernd Rossmanith-Shoulder has travelled the world, styled celebrities and picked up some top awards along the way.

Now Bernd runs Studio 4 in Islington – a bespoke salon that offers an exclusive, appointment-only service. His clients come from all walks of life.

“After more than 25 years of being employed it was time for a change” he said. “I’m much more flexibl...

October 19, 2018

 

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...

October 16, 2018

A documentary about Crouch End’s small businesses has been selling out at the Arthouse.

Produced by award-winning journalist and filmmaker Harvey Marcus, Beneath the Clocktower, tells the stories of the traders giving Crouch End its unique character.

(Harvey Marcus)

Harvey, who lived in Crouch End for 25 years and saw its rapid transformation, interviewed some of the area’s longest serving independen...

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