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Co-working: London’s new way of doing business

Co-working: London’s new way of doing business

They are everywhere; one for the tech types; one for the fashion industry; one for entrepreneurs, it’s a new boom in London and it’s called co-working. Before 2009 there was almost no co-working offices in London, now in 2014, there are over 40 co-working offices in just East London. In…

Hackney Flashers, feminism and art forty years on

Hackney Flashers, feminism and art forty years on

Forty years ago the feminist movement was in full swing trying to change women’s unrecognised status at home and at work, while men were still dominating in social, economic and political fields. In 1974 a group of women formed the Hackney Flashers, a collective that produced feminist agitprop (agitation propaganda)…

Geffrye Museum exhibition celebrates 100 years

Geffrye Museum exhibition  celebrates 100 years

The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton has spent a hundred years showcasing the most exciting designers and trends for the home, so when ELL heard over 5000 visitors had already beaten a path to its latest exhibition useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home, we decided to explore what’s in…

Can classical music reduce criminality in Brick Lane?

Can classical music reduce criminality in Brick Lane?

Brick Lane in Shoreditch is known for its artistic vibe, with art galleries, alternative cafés, restaurants and clubs playing loud music. It’s an area where people gather after drinking and trouble is likely to happen.  Last month, Chris Smith of the Green Party suggested using classical music as a way…

Street art murals create a buzz about the plight of bees

Street art murals create a buzz about the plight of bees

Contemporary art has long been a vehicle used to highlight various social issues that effect society. On the graffiti covered walls that surround Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street Station, organisers of the Save the Bees Project are using large-scale murals to draw attention to the future of bees. The…

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

The Balfron Tower: a tale of gentrificiation

As the weather gets warmer, so does the debate surrounding the brutalist Balfron Tower. The listed building is due a makeover, and permanent residents are being ‘decanted’ before works begin. Meanwhile, a housing scheme run by the Bow Arts Trust offers artists temporary residence in the emptied flats until renovation starts.…

Review: The Secret Comedians at PaperDress Hackney

Review: The Secret Comedians at PaperDress Hackney

  It’s the first anniversary of Hackney-based comedy club, The Secret Comedians, and PaperDress Vintage is beginning its transformation from quirky second-hand clothes shop to intimate performance venue. Located just off Shoreditch High Street, the space attracts the fashion-hungry, art enthusiasts of east London, plus the occasional passer-by drawn in…

London artists: how to find affordable studios

London artists: how to find affordable studios

With 3,500 artists and designers on waiting lists for studio space, London’s creative practitioners currently face a particularly threatening crisis. One of: rising rents, property development, and constant upheaval. East London, which has long been a centre for creative industries in the capital, is the main battleground for this struggle.…

C A Mathew: 100 years of photography in Spitalfields

C A Mathew: 100 years of photography in Spitalfields

The photographs of C A Mathew, taken in Spitalfields 100 years ago, are on show at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery in Tower Hamlets until April 25. Most people have a hard time imagining what their neighbourhood looked like 100 years ago, but for residents of Spitalfields in Tower Hamlets that’s no…

New multi-arts venue launches in Hackney Wick

New multi-arts venue launches in Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick is well known in East London for its vibrant cultural scene, and canal-side bar and restaurant Number 90 is the latest addition.  The industrial space has been developed by the proprietors over to house exhibitions, events and gigs in a ‘multi-art’ venue, alongside the restaurant.  This weekend, Number…

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