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Thousands of spectators expected to flock to east London today to watch the London Marathon

Thousands of spectators expected to flock to east London today to watch the London Marathon

Thousands of people were defying security worries to line the streets of Tower Hamlets and Lewisham as the London Marathon passes through east London today. There will be a period of silence prior to the start of  this Sunday’s race to mark the events in Boston earlier this week. This period…

Hackney Downs Studios launch new shopping outlet

Hackney Downs Studios launch new shopping outlet

Hackney-based Creative Network Partners, who manage creative hubs Netil House and Hackney Downs…

The gentrification of Hither Green: the Lewisham oasis

The gentrification of Hither Green: the Lewisham oasis

  Ten years ago Hither Green, tucked away behind the main throng of Lewisham high street, was little known outside its borders.  Locals grew up and stayed in this little pocket of south-east London all their lives. Then followed a wave of first-time buyers, lured in by cheap house prices…

Policemen win award for pretending to be homeless

Policemen win award for pretending to be homeless

A New Cross policing team triumphed at the Commissioner’s Excellence in Total Policing Awards on Monday, winning two accolades for their “exceptional” work across the borough. The community police team was awarded ‘Safer Neighbourhoods Team of the Year’, and Michele Narciso, one their Police Community Support Officers, was announced as…

Next step: Prime Minister, says Hackney award winner

Next step: Prime Minister, says Hackney award winner

Hackney may soon have another famous export to add to its list, as teenager Jermain Jackman won the Spirit of London Award for musical achievement at the O2 arena on Monday. Jackman, 17, from the north of the borough, beat 4,000 hopefuls to reach the final and was presented with…

Old Street ‘Silicon Roundabout’ set for £50m regeneration project – with more corporate investment to follow

Old Street ‘Silicon Roundabout’ set for £50m regeneration project – with more corporate investment to follow

David Cameron and Boris Johnson have announced plans to transform ‘Silicon Roundabout’ into “Europe’s largest indoor civic space”. The government will invest £50m in a regeneration project that aims to transform the centre of Old Street Roundabout into a hub dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs. Speaking at the Urban Age…

Telegraph Hill playgroup fights to stay open

Telegraph Hill playgroup fights to stay open

Campaigners to save a Lewisham play club from closure have called for supporters to write to their MPs. The ‘Save Telegraph Hill Play Club’ campaign, launched in November by a group of parents and carers, was set up in response to the news that the playgroup’s funding may be dropped…

Young artist’s project brings East End personalities to life

Young artist’s project brings East End personalities to life

  As East London battles with austerity cuts and community organisations struggle to stay afloat, two sisters are planning a project that will celebrate local unsung heroes who are making a positive impact on the area. Originally from Liverpool, Sarah and Charlotte Whitehead moved to London to study and are…

Hackney community food project scoops BBC award

Hackney community food project scoops BBC award

Local social enterprise Growing Communities has won the Best Big Food Idea prize at the BBC Food and Farming Awards. The Hackney-based initiative beat Sainsbury’s and the Cornish Food Market to scoop the award during a ceremony on November 29 at Birmingham’s NEC arena. Attended by a host of food…

ELL LIVE BLOG: Residents march to save Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units from closure

ELL LIVE BLOG: Residents march to save Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and maternity units from closure

Demonstrators protested at the plans for the closure of Lewisham A&E and maternity units by joining hands around the hospital last Saturday. The demonstration, organised by the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign started at Loampit Vale roundabout at 2pm and arrived at Lewisham hospital where everyone, “held hands around our hospital”. Eastlondonlines live…

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