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Pick of the Line August 17 – August 23

Pick of the Line August 17 – August 23

This week’s forecast predicts a warm, sunny weekend for London – so enjoy the summer sunshine and some great events this week with our pick of the best on offer in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham. Friday August 17: Lunchtime concert in Hoxton Square Shoreditch Fringe Festival Come down…

Magical journeys on the Overground

Magical journeys on the Overground

Travellers on overground trains, travelling between Hackney and Stratford have been pleasantly surprised by magicians performing card tricks, hired to spread the ‘spirit’ of the Games. Magic on the Overground has been a success not only for Olympic organisers but also for the magicians themselves. Happy commuters have showed their…

Catch the final days of Deptford’s arts festival

Catch the final days of Deptford’s arts festival

There are only two days left to experience the Deptford X Contemporary Arts Festival in Lewisham before it finishes for the year. On Sunday August 12, the annual festival, which covers an art trail from west to east London through New Cross and Creekside, will come to a close after…

Croydon drug smuggler sent to jail for six years

Croydon drug smuggler sent to jail for six years

A Croydon man has been jailed for six years for attempting to smuggle £35,000 worth of cocaine into the UK through Gatwick Airport. Mark Richard Nelson, 48, a musician from Russell Hill Place, Purley, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday August 2 after admitting to importing a controlled…

Riots Anniversary: Croydon’s London Road one year on

Riots Anniversary: Croydon’s London Road one year on

One year on from the riots in Croydon, London Road is a very different place. Of the shops that were damaged, half have been demolished and not replaced with anything as yet. Of the other half, most of those are now being run by new owners or are vacant and…

Census 2011: East London boroughs show biggest rise in UK population over last decade

Census 2011: East London boroughs show biggest rise in UK population over last decade

Tower Hamlets has seen the largest increase in population in the United Kingdom according to the Census data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Monday’s Census release by the ONS has shown that Tower Hamlets and Newham have seen the largest population increase by percentage of all areas – whether…