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September 17, 2019

This man, Joseph Beck, is the reason Clissold Park wasn’t redeveloped – despite battling cancer of the tongue, he campaigned tirelessly to save it.

His motivation, he said, was so: “children could take their fist steps on the grass of Clissold Park and one day play under the sun.”

This weekend a special event is being held to mark the park’s 130th anniversary.  The story of its survival is the stuff...

July 16, 2019

(Maryna Fontenoy, Beaucatcher) 

From the outside Beaucatcher might look like an ordinary hair salon, but step inside and you’re in for a treat.

The walls of this Stoke Newington salon have been providing pop-up gallery space for talented local artists for 15 years. Each exhibition lasts for around three months and all the artwork is available to buy.

Maryna Fontenoy founded Beaucatcher from her flat...

June 26, 2019

If you haven’t ventured into Moio yet you really should. It combines the warmth of a neighbourhood restaurant with the talents of a top chef and sommelier. 

The Stoke Newington High Street restaurant (which overlooks Church Street) serves modern European food and it’s getting rave reviews.  It’s the latest business to join the Local Buyers Club, offering a 10% discount to members. (Info here)

Moio i...

February 14, 2018

From the mountains of Slovakia to the hubbub of Hackney –  Martin Kicura has worked in restaurants all over Europe but London feels like home.

The 30-year-old helps run Venerdi, a popular family-owned Italian restaurant in Clapton. It’s the latest business to offer a discount to members of the Local Buyers Club. (15% off - info here)

He said: “Big chains can put more into marketing and PR and squeez...

September 29, 2017

If the walls of The Queens Crouch End could talk they’d tell colourful stories of Victorian workers, falling bombs, bar brawls and calmer times of community hubbub.

The grand Victorian Pub with its stunning art nouveau stained glass was built as a hotel at the turn of the century and sat alongside the Queens Opera House, which was demolished after heavy bomb damage during the Second World War.

Yet d...

September 27, 2017

Few former public toilets evoke such local nostalgia as those now housing Clapton’s popular restaurant Brooksby’s Walk.

Boarded up, derelict and a focus for antisocial behaviour, the loos overlooking Chatsworth Road were threatened with redevelopment until six years ago when the Clapton Improvement Society mounted a public campaign to save them. 

Today the 1930s building, which is owned by Hackney C...

September 19, 2017

London’s most-loved café (as crowned by Time Out) is the latest business to offer discounts to Local Buyers Club members.

Highness Café and Tea Room in Highbury Barn is offering 10% off (Monday-Friday) to members of the club, which celebrates and promotes the best local and independent businesses.

"My staff are mostly family, and we treat customers that way too"

Basil Fansa, a founder of the Local Bu...

September 7, 2017

Visitors to this Sunday’s Hackney One Carnival can enjoy a taste of West African food courtesy of highly-acclaimed local chef Nima Owino.

Hailed by the Guardian as one of “the African cooks to look out for on London’s streets”, Nima’s stall Cham Cham has been making its mark in East London. She’s the latest business to join the Local Buyers Club, with a 15% discount to members.

Jenna Fansa, a founde...

August 29, 2017

Businesses in Hackney are singing the praises of a new membership club which offers discounts to those who shop local.

The Local Buyers Club, which launched just a month ago, already offers discounts at around 70 of East London’s best local and independent businesses.

And traders say it’s already making a difference.

Geoff Platt, a founder of The Hackney Vet, said: “The month after joining the Local...

August 20, 2017

As the Snorting Copper Banksy piece is rediscovered after devastating vandalism, we’ve taken a look at North and East London’s very best examples of street art.

The painting was found by developers on a disused public toilet in Shoreditch and depicts a policeman on his knees snorting cocaine. Despite being valued at £1.25m, it’s being restored and will be returned to its original site.

We’ve been po...

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