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John Biggs: ELL speaks to the Tower Hamlets mayoral candidate

John Biggs: ELL speaks to the Tower Hamlets mayoral candidate

John Biggs is a seasoned hand at facing political rivals and press alike. He led Tower Hamlets Council during the 1990s and went on to torment London mayor Boris Johnson at the London assembly. In the headquarters of the party in Tower Hamlets, Labour’s candidate for mayor explains his vision…

Hurwundeki takes Hackney to the forefront of hairdressing

Hurwundeki takes Hackney to the forefront of hairdressing

Ki-Chul Lee is the mastermind behind Hurwundeki. Under the Hurwundeki brand, which was established in the UK ten years ago, he has turned his hand to hairdressing, founded a fashion label, opened two vintage boutiques, a coffee shop and a Korean restaurant. At the height of the brand’s popularity in…

East London’s housing crisis: gentrification and price rise

East London’s housing crisis: gentrification and price rise

It’s no surprise that house prices in London are on the upswing. Prices have been going up every year since the housing bubble burst in 2008 and overall, in London, prices have almost doubled in the last decade – a trend that isn’t likely to stop anytime soon. A December…

Behind the shopfront: businesses in East London

Behind the shopfront: businesses in East London

In the second part of ELL’s business profile, we interviewed new business owners in our boroughs to see how startup culture, regeneration and the East London Line are affecting your high street. As told to Pippa Bailey and Serina Sandhu…

Free training to encourage entrepreneurs into markets

Free training to encourage entrepreneurs into markets

Hackney Council, in conjunction with the charity Community Links, is holding a free market trading workshop for Hackney’s entrepreneurs. The session, the first to be offered by the Council’s market services, is aimed at the borough’s increasing number of young entrepreneurs. It will offer participants the opportunity to look at…

Professor Angela McRobbie remembers Richard Hoggart

Professor  Angela McRobbie remembers Richard Hoggart

Richard Hoggart , who died last week (10th April) aged 96, was a figure whose life, teaching and books, tell an important story, not just about the rise of  ‘cultural studies’, but also about what it is to be a public intellectual. Hoggart chose very carefully where to invest his…

London Marathon supporters: where to watch

London Marathon supporters: where to watch

The EastLondonLines supporters guide to the London marathon: whether you’re looking out for a loved one taking part, trying to catch a glimpse of the elite athletes – don’t miss Mo Farah’s full marathon debut – or just out enjoying the atmosphere.  On Sunday, 35,500 runners will hit the streets…

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…

Charlie Dark: how running changed my life

Charlie Dark: how running changed my life

ELL meets east London boy and founder of Shoreditch-based Run Dem Crew, Charlie Dark, to talk about life, depression and what got him running. Marking three days till runners fill the streets for the London Marathon. He’s one of those people that know how to work a crowd. Applying apparently…

Bedroom taxed households pass the 10,000 mark

Bedroom taxed  households pass the 10,000 mark

Exactly a year on from the coalition’s Welfare Reform Bill, more than 10,000 households across the EastLondonLine boroughs have been affected by the “Bedroom Tax”. Elsbeth Benjafield has lived in her two-bed flat in Tower Hamlets quite happily for 35 years. Part of a housing co-op in Bethnal Green, many…

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